It seems like everyone likes yoga. I don’t know that I’ve ever met someone who has practiced yoga and not liked it. Well, except for myself initially.
Years and years ago, I walked into a yoga studio ready for my very first yoga class. I was nervous, mainly about passing gas, since I’d heard of people doing that. I wasn’t sure how flexible I would be or how long I’d be able to hold downward dog. It was hard getting through that first class. The teacher kept telling us to clear our minds and focus on our breathing. While everyone around me looked to be achieving that, I was going through my to-do list in my head and thinking where I needed to be next. I had no idea how to clear my head and focus on my breathing. Shoot, I was doing good just holding the positions and not falling over.
When that class ended, I realized that yoga was not for me. I didn’t get the whole peaceful and calm thing from it and I wasn’t sure that “stretching” (for lack of better words) was really a form of exercising. I went many years without attempting to do yoga again because I just knew that it was not for me.
Thanks Bob Harper.
Then I saw a sale online for workout DVDs by Bob Harper. The DVDs were so cheap and I bought many, including Yoga for the Warrior. I thought, “What the heck, I’ll try it for $5”. I probably waited a good year before ever putting the DVD in the player, but I liked this yoga DVD from the beginning. I’m not sure if there was anything different in this video versus the yoga class I tried out, or if I was just in a different place, but what a great workout it is!
And my thinking earlier about yoga not being a workout… HA! Boy is that not true. Yoga is the most challenging of workouts and I get the most out of it. I just feel good when I’m done. I feel at peace with myself and I’m proud of myself because I can do the hard positions and I don’t fall. (You should have seen me at the beginning… I would attempt everything, but would fall over almost immediately.) It makes me realize how strong I am because I see how far I’ve come.
My list of things to do still pops in my head during the hour that I do yoga, but that’s fine with me. Maybe I’m not able to totally zone out and clear my head, but that’s probably because I have a four-year old running around most days when I do yoga. The other day I was doing the standing splits and balancing on my right foot while both hands were wrapped about my ankle and a truck zoomed past me. It doesn’t matter that Gavin has his own room with toys and a playroom full of toys upstairs. Nope, he wants to be where his momma is and that’s fine with me. Luckily I didn’t fall down and my bones are still intact.
The best part is when Gavin wants to do different poses with me. It’s fun to do it together and know that I’m teaching him about exercise and taking care of himself. And, for the record, I still don’t know anyone that doesn’t like yoga, including myself.