Yoga’s Not For Me

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I’ve been saying for a while now that I want to go to a yoga class regularly, but have been too anxious to go. I finally faced this fear about 2 weeks ago. I honestly don’t know how I did it, but I showed up (instead of blowing it off and telling myself that I’ll go next time).

It wasn’t my first class ever, so I had an idea what to expect. I just didn’t know what the intensity would be like, because I signed up for “Gentle  Yoga.” The little description on the studio’s web site said that most of the poses are done lying on your back. That seemed easy enough, right?

Wrong. Yes, a lot of the poses were done while we were on our backs, but there were many that required balancing on one body part or another, like your foot. Or your knee. I have balance problems as it is, but it’s made worse by lithium tremors. I’ll be in a pose and start to feel my arm shaking, for example. I was afraid of falling to one side and landing ungracefully on my mat. I grew more anxious. I didn’t achieve a sense of inner peace, and certainly not balance, among other benefits of yoga.

And I wish this wasn’t true, because nearly everyone I know declares that it’s so good for your mind and body. I don’t doubt that. But this recent experience made me uneasy, and I realized afterwards that I simply don’t like yoga. And that’s ok.

How do you feel about yoga?

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12 thoughts on “Yoga’s Not For Me

  1. Yeah – I find yoga unappealing, and I’ve tried many times because I thought I “should”. 🙂 For me it is combination of all the things I don’t like and not being able to do the things that may benefit my body. I need to MOVE if I can move…and even the most simple of Yoga poses is just that – a pose – lacking in the “moving” part.

    1. That’s exactly why I went to the class, too—because I felt that I “should”. Thank you for sharing! 🌻

  2. I take the parts of it that I like and use them at home to help my balance (which sucks) without the pressure of a crowd and throw out the parts that I hate. It is the easy way out I suppose. There are some benefits to it I find such as improving my posture and breathing but I would never make it in a yoga class…way to anxious and OCD for that. Wendy

    1. Stretching feels really good. Try to do some stretching every day, and increase the amount you stretch daily. It doesn’t have to be a lot. You’ll be able to bend in no time, and hopefully without pain! 🌻

  3. I don’t do yoga, l don’t get it – no hear me out lol, l get it, but l just don’t. Suze has been a yogi for a few years now, and she comes back totallt wrecked every time, and then does her chanting and her stretches and this, and that, and she says it works and has lost count of the amount of times she has tried to get me involved. But l am too clumsy, l tried planking once and injured myself – so how could l do yoga?

    By the way l have tagged you again, rather appropriately l think with the topic of ‘Balance’ 🙂

    Rory

    https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2018/07/10/321-quote-me-22/

  4. I don’t do it, but I keep saying I am going to try it out. I don’t know if I’d be able to do th eposes either though that’s what stops me from trying. xx

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