As a therapist I’m always giving advice to my clients to help them overcome pain/ injury, or to just generally help their wellbeing and to prevent becoming injured. Often I suggest to clients to try yoga, which will help with overall flexibility and strength….. Well, today I took a piece of my own medicine and went along to my first yoga class in over two years!
I have to say, I was getting rather anxious about it, so much so I had a dream last night that I couldn’t find the right studio room! This morning I got up as a woman with a plan, donned the compulsory lycra and got the kids ready for school without really giving it a second thought….I met my friend at the gym who was trying it for the first time and hit the (thankfully the correct studio!) class with my mat and a bag full of nerves. The class was full, with all shapes and sizes, and the yoga teacher glided in with an air of calm and peace, and looking fabulous…..(well, I’d be disappointed if it was anything less!)
So the class went really well, the music was chilled and not just whale call/chiming randomness, and was immediately put at ease. I wasn’t massively relaxed during the class, as I wanted to focus on doing the poses correctly and also trying not to make an idiot of myself! It was as challenging as you wanted to make it, and I actually surprised myself that I was actually not that bad after all…..And there was not no one Yoga ‘Om’ uttered (quite a relief, I’m not quite ready for that yet, as I just want to relax and improve strength and flexibility)!
Afterwards I feel really good, and I really don’t know why I got myself so worked up about it all. I guess it is just the fear of the unknown and what other people will think of me. The truth is, no one cares as they are focused on themselves, and next time I will know what to expect! I would really like to add more yoga to my week and make this a regular thing, as I need that focus and some downtime to just focus on me. So I guess what I am trying to say is give yoga a try….you might actually even like it!
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