Thursday, April 23, 2015
Why I Hate Yoga
I want to like it. So badly.
I'd tried various classes over the years and either found them too easy, too hard or not accessible (I think you need to do it at least once a week).I recently made my bestie buy a 10 class pass with me so I wouldn't be able to back out.
But even that didn't work. The woman teaching the only class we could make was decidedly odd (and birdlike in a bad way). The classes at this particular studio were more for the 'zen' and enlightened, while we wanted exercise in the form of gentle stretching. Not that I have anything against Tibetan bowl singing, it's just that it's not my style and always feels a bit...exclusive. Alternate nose breathing just confuses me too.
I think that's the major drawback with yoga for me. There's not many beginners classes and I always feel overshadowed by the throng of yogis. I'd be proud if I could bend myself like a pretzel too, but it can be a bit daunting for newbies.
I guess you could say I don't like it because I'm not good at it. But I want to be! The health benefits are amazing and so many advocates can't be wrong!
And there's so many choices: Bikram, Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga... help! How on earth am I meant to know which one is right for me?! I couldn't even tell you which types I've tried over the years...
Saying that, I enjoy the limp, calm feeling after a really good session, but I just can't get this from a home practice with YouTube; I need a class for that and to make sure I'm doing it right.
I've even looked into the gear to feel like part of the yoga club. These custom yoga mats are enough to make me not want to give up on yoga!
Do any of you have any amazing tips on how to love it?! Give me links/advice/options!