I think this is what my future ‘yoga-loving’ self will say to me in hindsight. Something mildly encouraging in its whimsy.
I’ve recently discovered the world of yoga practice, and while I give the impression of being limber to look at, I’m actually as flexible as a lamppost. Now, I have no desire to be the most flexible person in the room… or even my corner of the room, but I quite like rock climbing and other sports that work very well in conjunction with flexibility, and so, off to yoga I go.
Now, I don’t know the first thing about yoga, except that focusing so hard on my breathing makes me feel like I’m in a Lamaze class. I am not enthusiastic about starting yoga, and I actually find it quite intimidating. However, life is not a spectator’s sport and sometimes you must suck it up and join in. So, join in I will.
I started this adventure with a yoga class that worked with my rather full schedule, at a yoga studio that worked with my rather empty budget. Needless to say - it helps to do a little bit of research on these things. Having spent an hour doing more ‘Downward Dogs’ than I would wish on my worst enemy, I left the studio with the typical ‘yoga-stoned’ feeling of being light, but with less enthusiasm than before I started.
Yoga was not for me I decided, and I vowed to ‘namaste-the-hell-away-from-it’.
Slightly disheartened about this, I had a good old vent session to my friends. Upon hearing my tales of many failed ‘Downward Dogs’, a good friend of mine pointed out that I had done a pretty intense class for a beginner and no wonder I didn’t enjoy it. She also pointed out that the place I had done it at was more discount gym than beautiful yoga studio, and if you want prime rib fillet you don’t go to 7-Eleven- so to speak. She suggested the yoga studio she was a member at, a little boutique place in the city called Stretch Yoga. I liked the sound of it, and after assuring me the class would be more up my alley (and downward dog free) I agreed to go.
I felt a little lost waiting to go into the studio - but yoga people are pretty cool campers, and I got a few lovely smiles to ease my anxiousness. I went in and found a place right at the back. The calm, soft lighting was beautiful and comforting. The session came and went and I walked out feeling proper ‘yoga-stoned’, and filled with excitement to go back. And so the adventure will continue with a new found enjoyment and appreciation for yoga, which I feel will only grow with time…
by Zoe Jessica
Stretch Yoga Blog
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