vitalises. But I’m glad, I chose Sivananda, since I’m a complete beginner. If I gain some flexibility, I might try Ashtanga Yoga.
- Well first of all, that I’m as flexible as a wooden board 😉 However, I’ve noticed a slight improvement, so I’ll just carry on (my wayward son lol)
- My respiration/breathing technique is bad, so now I try to fix this + my posture. The breathing exercises are no joke, when you do them correctly, you end up sweating and feeling all warmed-up.
- It is a workout! At first I thought I was just going to be more relaxed, but turns out the postures are quite difficult and demanding. At the end of each session, my muscles are sore (the pain is gentle though). Unlike some hardcore cardio session or intense running, I’m not brutalizing my body.
- How stressed out I am during the day. It’s only after a Yoga session, that I feel utterly relaxed.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Last time I was standing next to a 60 y/o woman who was able to do an armstand. She was in much better physical condition than myself but that’s alright, because I’m improving. I’ll eventually get there too (hum…)
- Learn to listen to your body. There is no rush in Yoga, what you can not do now, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do in the future. Just listen to your body, I’m still learning how to do the sun salutation properly.
- Practice is everything. Also, correct your mistakes as soon as possible to reduce the risk of injuries. Check here for the most common mistakes. You see people from all ages taking Yoga classes, but as I previously mentioned, do not rush into a posture you struggle with; in the middle of the class, our teacher was showing us how to do an armstand and there was a woman who tried it and dropped on her head, hitting her teeth. Luckily she wasn’t badly injured, just a bruise on her upper lip.
- My image of Yogis was wrong, see this video. (I’m exaggerating obviously) I’m not surrounded by people who end every conversation with Namasté (in fact, I haven’t heard anyone say it) or are wearing Lululemon from head to toe (but if you do, there’s nothing wrong with that!) People are not doing this for the hype, they are doing Yoga because they need to find a way to relax and get rid of all the tension.
That’s all for now, I’ll try to post overtime mor updates if you are interested. So if you practice Yoga, keep calm and carry on!
Have you tried Yoga, if yes, what do you do to zone out and relax? What are your thoughts about Yoga? Let me know in the comments!
P.S: Let me know in the comments below if you know the reference behind my title!