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Yes, it’s true. I’ve packed up my football boots for the yoga mat.
After the summer, I thought I’d give competitive football one more kick. And I have to say, it was going pretty well until I tore my achilles tendon a couple of months in. This frustrating injury put running and any other activities needing sudden bursts of speed, out of the question.
Then, came a Groupon deal. 6 yoga classes for $180! I didn’t turn down the iphone charger discount and the facial and massage package, so how could I turn down what must be one of the best ways to get a workout while hardly moving?
Going into my first lesson, I was quite terrified.
I had to have the perfect outfit. I’m not a spandex guy, so I put on the baggiest shorts in my closet and a massive t-shirt.
I stepped into the class and wanted to get warm. I was aware that yoga involved a lot of stretching, and of course you don’t want to stretch cold, so standing up I started waving my body around and doing some squats and bounces. The rest of class however, were just sitting there still, laying down, relaxing it up. “Fools!” I thought.
Being quite competitive, I thought this little warm up I was doing would be the difference for me. Victory was near!
That was until we did our first pose.
I’ve seen people shake before, but my body was shaking so much the room was starting to blur. I remember thinking to myself, “This was a huge mistake!”
Finally, the class ended and I was drenched. “Thank Buddha!” The rest of the class bounced out and I peeled myself off the mat.
And that amazing feeling, when the class ends, has carried me through to buying a year membership at a yoga centre.
Not the Groupon one of course! Who on earth would continue at a Groupon centre…?
In the time, I’ve been doing it, I have improved tons and jokes aside, it has been really good for my posture, strength and as a stress release.
However, I have made a list of my top 3 yoga frustrations!
1. The Count
When doing these poses and stretches the intructors don’t seem to understand how long a real second is. I time them sometimes and their 5 second count is actually more like 23 seconds. I’m not sure what they’re trying to pull here and I’m not sure if I’m the only one who’s wise to their games, but someone needs to say something!
Also, sometimes the instructor will be counting, 5…4… 3…. and then pause helping someone with their stance for six or seven seconds, then the instructor goes right back to counting 3 again. Some even have the nerve to say, “Don’t worry! I’m still counting…” Pfft! Yah right!
2. Headstand People
When I walk into the room and see someone doing a headstand before class, I go as far away from that person as possible. Some people like to chill in the back and some like to get right up front (nerds). I personally like to seek out the person who looks the worst at yoga. Usually a guy. Hopefully old and overweight. That’s the guy I want to be next to!
3. Beginners Stay Here
Good yoga masters like to give different stages of difficulty to their poses, because everyone is at a different level. If a pose is too easy for some, the coach gives these people the next step to further their development. That’s great. I’m totally cool with that!
I just don’t appreciate every time the instructor says, “Beginners stay here,” the entire class turns and looks at me!
All kidding aside, I’m loving the yoga and I’ll definitely continue doing it as much as possible. At my tender age, it really is tough to find a more benefitial exercise. It does get easier, right?!
Let’s hear your yoga story! Am I alone in having these 3 frustrations? What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!