Are you ready to plunge into yoga?
Have you been thinking about trying out yoga? Not sure where to start? Welcome to the world of every yogi when they first start out!
When I went to my first yoga class, all the stereotypical thoughts ran through my head. What do I wear? How will I know what to do? What if everyone is better than me? Will the £5 mat I bought from Tesco be good enough? What if I'm not flexible enough? What if I get stuck in a pose? Isn't yoga just a thing that all hipsters and vegans do?
But all these questions and worries disappeared once I had entered the class, unrolled my mat and sat down. I had my place in the class, it was in line with everyone else and I noticed there were others with the same wild, lost look in their eyes.
The teacher was a fantastic and knowledgeable woman with a very calm voice. She highlighted how the simple act of taking a deep breath can calm the mind and ground you, keeping you present in the moment. After a few rounds of Sun Salutation A, I had felt much more at ease and had gotten into the rhythm of how the class worked.
It wasn't all a walk in the park though: who knew trying to do tree pose could be so hard; it's just balancing on one foot! I also constantly compared myself to everyone around me (which is probably why I was so unstable in my poses). But this was enough to discover the benefits of yoga and want to do it all again.
At the end of the class, I was overcome with a sense of calm that I had not experienced anywhere else. My mind was quiet and my body felt weirdly aligned: I was sitting up straighter and felt taller. The next day muscles I never knew I had were aching; which seemed like madness for such a passive activity! But more importantly, the calm grounded feeling I had experienced the night before, was still there the next morning.
I continued to go to yoga classes where I could, trying all different styles and with different teachers - even going to a yoga festival! All the time trying to find the perfect yoga teaching for me. These classes and experiences lead to my 200 hour yoga teacher training. I personally still have a long way to go, and I do get stuck in poses, but each yoga session is an improvement. This may not be the same timeline for everyone, but if you're thinking about trying yoga, just give it a go and see what happens!