Yoga – My First Experience

3 Feb

I finally decided to start attending yoga lessons which I signed myself into six months ago. Yup, you heard me. Six months ago I signed into these lessons with the goal to make my body stronger and my mind more calm. For weeks and months I could not force myself to grab my yoga mat and to spend next 90 minutes in a quiet room full of excited yogis. Dont get me wrong. I love the atmosphere. I love the music, meditation, I love stretching my muscles and the feeling that I am doing something beneficial for my body. It is always just sooooo hard to get up from the sofa to go to yoga studio instead of watching another episode of Making A Murderer.

Today is THE day. Today I persuaded myself that I really could survive without TV shows marathon and that with this laziness it could get just worse and worse. So I left the house with the excitement in my heart and all the motivational songs in my ears. As soon as I was approaching the parking place near the yoga studio, I realized there was no place to park. I had to make a few circles till I found teeny tiny spot 2 blocks away. I was already late so I started to run. Great! My first lesson and I am already late. The classroom was full. As I was the last one coming in, the yoga teacher invited me to take place right in front of her. Perfect! Why I did not come here earlier? I could find comfortable place somewhere in the back of the room where nobody would see my struggling  with every pose. Well, lesson learned!

Lesson started and our teacher introduced herself to everybody. She asked if there was anyone who had never attended yoga class before. And here it is. That awkward moment of exposing myself from my nutshell. I raised my hand slowly. Teacher welcomed me and instructed me about not trying to do all poses perfectly. First lesson was always the hardest one. Hmm, I guess that was the time when I first started to regret my coming to that lesson.

The first stretching and breathing is easy. This is not that bad. I can do it. If this goes on the whole 90 minutes it may actually work for me, I thought. But I was so wrong. Each pose got more difficult and each part of my body hurt like crazy.

Is that even possible? Can someone literally put his leg over his head? Obviously it was possible. Many yogis did it and it made no pain to them as it seemed. I could put my leg right bellow my chest and it did not go any higher. Yup. That would be it. Nope. I can not put my leg any higher. If I do it, I will most certainly break my hip.

Only 30 minutes passed but I already felt as if I was there stretching every cell of my body for bazillion hours. Why didn’t I stay at home watching my Netflix shows? Why are people hurting themselves like this? This is unreal, I thought.

For another 60 minutes I just struggled with every pose and tried to hypnotize the watch so that this torture would finally finish. I will never do this again, I told myself. Who would want to suffer for 90 minutes at least 2 times a week and enjoy it? Not me!

But as soon as we finished the lesson with meditation, I started to feel better. All the stress and pain flowed down from my body and I realized the beauty of this exercise. I came 2 days later again. And then again. I keep going there now for 1 month and I am starting to enjoy it. I am starting to understand the philosophy of yoga and see all the benefits it gives me.

Despite my first hard experience, I can only recommend yoga to everyone. I wish all of you could overcome your doubts about this exercise and try to practice yoga for some time. You will feel more relaxed, flexible and healed in a way. You will look to the sun with the smile on your face 🙂

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6 Responses to “Yoga – My First Experience”

  1. Gemrush February 10, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    I’d been planning to join a yoga class but in the community where I live, there are no yoga classes around.

    • artisticsmash February 10, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

      Sometimes I cannot force myself to go to yoga studio, so I stay at home and do exercise there. I found some videos on Youtube with basic or even advanced lessons. They are also pretty helpfull. I would recommend that 👍

      • Gemrush February 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

        I would love to try that. Thanks.

  2. jansenphoto February 25, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

    Interesting read! Though I am surprised that the teacher didn’t mention to you that yoga should never hurt past the point of a good stretch; flexibility is created over time and practice, and not all of us, myself included, are built in a way that allows us to achieve every pose.

    Keep at it, and go slow and steady without any pain, so that you feel exhilarated after each yoga practice.

    Namaste,

    Frank

    • artisticsmash February 25, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

      thanks for such a great advice, I will keep it in mind 👍

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  1. Yoga – My Second Experience | artistic smash - February 4, 2016

    […] After my first stressful and painful experience, I didn’t give up and continue to practice yoga to this day. My first lesson didn’t go that well. Actually you can read the whole story HERE. […]

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