Yoga is something that I’ve been wanting to try for several years. In fact, I’ve had an unused yoga mat, that I picked up as “motivation”, sitting in my basement for about two years now. OK, maybe three years. So what was keeping me from giving it a try? The unknown? Maybe it’s that my body doesn’t really allow me to even bend and touch my toes? It’s probably a little of both.
Knowing how poorly I can move my body, I was sure that if I went to a yoga class every eye in the studio would be on me and my lacking abilities. But seriously, what type of post would this be if I caved into these insecurities and never tried a yoga class? Pretty crappy, right? So to bury the lead, my wishy-washy behavior finally came to a close and I am proud to say that I went to my very first class! Let’s just say, I was a bit surprised at my findings. So, if you’re thinking about giving yoga a try, but are feeling unsure, use this post to possibly guide you in some sort of a direction. To go or maybe even not to go.
These are my beginner yoga insights.
It Wasn’t As Scary As I’d Thought.
In fact, the people at my studio were super welcoming! Even after I failed to officially enroll in the class online, they still seemed happy to see me arrive; assuring me that the hardest part of it all is showing up. Mind you, this was before they saw my balancing skills…but I digress.
I will say, however, that this experience was the first group fitness class in which I didn’t feel initially awkward. It could have been that the room was dimly lit or the fact that we spent a good portion of the class with our eyes closed, but whatever it was, it worked! I wasn’t focused at all on how I looked but more on how my body felt in that moment.
I Wasn’t Properly Prepared But It Was Fine!
Did you know that a big, baggy t-shirt can quickly turn into a stinky blindfold while attempting the “downward dog”? Seriously, I put my butt into the air, my hands on the ground in front of me, and my shirt followed suit. Gravity quickly caused that old tee to pop up over my head, leaving me awkwardly tugging at it. I spent a good majority of the class trying to keep the poor lady behind me from getting a surprise and unwanted view! I also kept my socks on, so you can imagine the sight as it unfolded.
While I did promptly run out to the store after class and buy a new, yoga-ier outfit for next time, I’m glad that I didn’t spend all of that money before I found out if I liked truly it or not. And honestly, it was fine. Wear the sweatpants, pajama pants, or whatever. It’s fine, really! I just really wouldn’t recommend a large fitting tee for the reason mentioned above.
One more note: if you don’t have a yoga mat, call the studio and see if they have some to use. The studio I attended had some to borrow and some to buy if you decide you wanted your own going forward.
Prepare To Sweat!
Ok, first of all, yoga is tough!
Within the first few moments of class, I was certainly feeling the burn. My body was starting to sweat as I was being directed to move in a way that was a bit reminiscent of a game I used to play as a kid; match my right hand to red and left foot to blue…
However, while the class WAS a challenge, it wasn’t impossible. And when we came upon moves that I didn’t quite get yet, I was shown how to modify them slightly for my abilities and encouraged to keep trying. Guys, core strength takes time!
You May Wonder Why You Didn’t Try This Sooner.
Before I tell you about how great I felt after my first yoga class, let me tell you about the part of class when the lights were turned low, nobody made a sound, and we just rested. Ok, mom or dad, if that isn’t enough reason to make you run for the door to find a yoga class STAT, I don’t know what else is! That simple moment of silence was glorious, especially when the rest of my day can be so noisy.
And, while this may not be typical, after class everyone went for smoothies and invited me! So…community, yay!
In all, I really enjoyed every moment of my first yoga experience. Do you have a yoga experience story that you’d like to share with us? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Update: the day after my first yoga experience and I am sore. Is it a workout? I’d say, heck yes!