The one with the yoga class epiphanies

This is me having a yoga epiphany above in case that’s not obvious. πŸ˜‰
I have been LOVING doing yoga here in Vancouver recently. Going to legit classes is a huge treat for me because I usually just do it at home and it makes a huge difference to be doing it with a teacher.
Today was a tad rushed : we missed our stop on the train and only realised when it came to our attention that we were now travelling backwards not forwards Β (we are smart people okay) so I felt a little frazzled and more than ready for the calming yoga zenned out situation.

So I was sitting there getting all nice and comfy in child’s pose (I read that the whole forehead on the floor thing is very calming) and the teacher said that today we were gonna be doing lots of binds and twists. My immediate thought was oh great, I’m ok at that.

Wait a sec. I am always talking about how yoga is not about how “good” we are at it/how fancy we look doing it. So why should it matter if I’m okay or not so okay at certain poses?

 

 

I think that basically that lovely little thought (which in cognitive behaviour therapy- which I’m studying, we would call a negative automatic thought, even if it was more automatic than negative) came from shyness in a new environment, making me feel like I should be proving myself to be worthy to be there. When I dissected that a little later I was like woah girl. We are all worthy of being wherever we choose to be, especially in a yoga class( not breaking and entering other peoples homes etc, I’m not gonna get into that πŸ˜‰ ).

 

I’m glad I realised I realised I was thinking that thought. I love going to yoga and knowing I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. The practice is for myself, no matter how I look doing it, and it also majorly benefits everyone in my life cos I bounce off the walls a lot less when I have done it πŸ™‚

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I never want to worry about if I look normal or not doing a pose, I generally don’t look normal in my daily life anyway what with being ridiculously clumsy and having the attention span of a flea etc etc. Let’s all just do yoga and thank ourselves for doing it because it’s amazing and we are amazing for doing it.

 

What goes through your head in a yoga class? Do you feel pressure to look fancy doing poses? – I get more and more comfortable with this the longer I do yoga but it’s interesting when I catch myself thinking stuff like I should look legit doing this pose πŸ™‚

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2 Responses to The one with the yoga class epiphanies

  1. TechChick says:

    As you know, I’m not a yoga person (is that the right term? haha), but when I got my latest Athleta catalog I will admit I attempted a headstand solely because the model in the catalog looked awesome doing it! But, the great news about that is it encouraged me to keep trying until I could do a headstand without kicking up, and I can now slowly move my legs into the pose. That took a bit of work, and I felt awesome about the accomplishment. Not to mention it encouraged my daughter to do it too! Beyond that, I felt super awkwardly positioned the one time I took a class. I’m OK with that, but don’t put me in the front of the class. I need to hide in the back!!

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    • Wow that is so awesome!!!!!! That takes a lot of ab strength! It sounds a lot smoother than my headstand too πŸ™‚ haha I am all about the back of the class, I can just concentrate better there! I definitely think that there is a huge difference in different styles of yoga, what style did you do? And the teacher makes a big difference! Having said that it sounds like you’ve found your true love, running, bring on Boston!!

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