Post # 1
I just need to vent/rant about this.
I practice yoga very regularly, pretty much every day. I have depression, anxiety, degenerative disc disease and other back problems, so yoga is truly an ideal work out for me. I love how centered and positive I feel about life when I do it, and that it is gentle enough for me to do with my many issues. I often invite other people to do it with me, because I know of all the positive effects it has on people, but I always get the same responses.
“I’m not flexible enough to do yoga!/ I can’t even touch my toes.” Yeah, most people aren’t able to bend very much when they first start, that’s why you do it in the first place. Yoga may have a lot to do with flexibility, but it builds strength and balance as well. Like they say, “Yoga isn’t about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.”
“Yoga’s too weird for me.” Wait, what? I don’t even get this one.
“Yoga isn’t a REAL work out.” Look, I know it’s not Crossfit, Insanity, or any of those other work out programs, but it’s still a work out. It’s just a different kind of work out, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Now, I know yoga isn’t for everyone, some people just don’t find it to be their cup of tea, and that’s cool. Using those reasons to not even try it, though? Come on. That’s just silly.
Just wanted to get that off of my chest. /rant
Post # 3
@GooteyBootey: This is a great thread, it motivates me!! I want to do it, I’m scared I will embarass myself!!! I have bad anxiety issues as well and I feel like it would help me. Thanks for posting.
Post # 4
@GooteyBootey: You know, I may not have had the most open-mind toward yoga until I tried some Beach Body Workouts, like P90x which incorporates yoga video on the “rest day”. It was a challange to get used to holding awkward positions, but then I realized how much WORK you body does to hold those poses. And I felt like a million bucks after every video. Flexibility and strength…and meditation. What’s not to love?! I think people get a little intimidated by the yoga “culture” and fail to see what it really can do for your body and mind. Now I really want to do some yoga! :p
Post # 5
@GooteyBootey: I feel ya, girl. I never understood why people expect yoga to be like crossfit. It’s a workout, but they are two entirely different things. The point, the purpose of the practice isn’t to get fit or skinny – the physical benefits are second to the mental and spiritual rewards.
And for those people who think yoga isn’t a workout, I’d happily invite them to one of my heated vinyasa flow classes. I’ve seen gym rat bros almost faint in the first 15 minutes.
Post # 6
I can understand why some people don’t even want to try it. There are too many people out there who don’t teach how to do things safely. There are things in many fitness classes that I won’t do.
Some people also get a bit fanatical and start to act like they know way more about my body than they do. I have numerous health issues, I’m not going to do hot yoga anytime soon. People only push the health advantages of it though, and seem to think it’s safe for anyone when it isn’t.
Post # 7
@GooteyBootey: Also, I just designed a website for a client who has just completed her 200 hour teaching certification to be a yoga instructor. She included a list of “What to know before your first yoga class” to put on the website, and I found it very informative. She really stresses that yoga is not a competitive sport. You are there for yourself, not to out-flex the person next to you or hold a pose the longest. It was a really great list and I think it would ease anyone’s anxiety about trying yoga or taking a class.
- No experience or flexibilty is required to practice yoga. Yoga is for everyone.
- Bring a mat, a hand towel and a bottle of water
- Please leave cell; make sure you phone is turned off.
- Please be early for class. Entering class late is disruptive.
- If you have any health issue (injury, illness, or medical condition) please notify me before class. Not every pose is appropriate for everyone.
- Wear comfortable exercise clothing.
- Please ask questions about anything that is not clear to you.
- Let go of any competitive thoughts. Yoga is non-competitive. It is a practice that makes the body strong, more flexible and healthier. The purpose is also to calm the mind, open the heart and stimulate spiritual evolution.
- Be kind to yourself and accept where you are. It is okay to come out of a pose before the rest of the class. Show your body kindness and listen to it. Rest when you need to rest. Do what you can, with what you have and where you are today- which could be different tomorrow.
- Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or strong essential oils.
- Please stay for the entire class. If you need to leave early, please let me know before hand.
- We finish the class with a gesture and saying “Namaste.” This means: I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you in which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one.
Post # 8
@GooteyBootey: Tried it for the first time a month ago with a friend and it was hot yoga so the room was heated to a comfy 90 degrees lol. I was REALLY intimidated, but I spin 3x a week and do barre or other workouts 3x a week, so although I wasn’t able to do EVERYTHING, I had the stamina to keep up. That night I got the best sleep I had in recent memory which is why I’ve continued to do it.
My yoga rant is the obnoxious guy who goes to my studio that is a spitting image of hanna’s bf in girls who obnoxiously grunts and always has a foot or an arm inches away from my face. EW. hate him.
Post # 9
@GooteyBootey: there is a lot of ignorant people out there, if you have the knowledge in the subject you should try to educate them!
Post # 10
@GooteyBootey: Ok totally off topic, but what gorgeous specimen is pictured in your avatar?
Post # 11
@housebee: I’m not sure on the specific species, but I know she’s a lycosidea. I’m glad you think she’s lovely :).
Post # 12
@Skrilla: I’ve actually never tried hot yoga, but I kind of want to.
I actually saw a woman who did the whole grunting thing, and would even talk to her self, loudly. It was weird.
Post # 13
@GooteyBootey: I think some people also just get a poor yoga instructor. The first time I did spinning I was sooo excited to try it but, rather than the intense/lights down/push yourself atmosphere it was in a brightly lit room with soft music playing and just not great. You really have to try a few places out. It’s amazing how different the experience can be based on who is instructing you!
Post # 14
I think the key for newbies is to find the right practice. I’m nowhere near a regular, I am TERRIBLE at it but i genuinely love yoga (particulary hot… DEFINITELY try it). But I find I have more positive experiences at more yoga-centric practices and less… fitness centric practices. I have been to some that are all about just getting a hot body and they make it more like a boot camp. I hate that. I love the more “zen” practices that might not have mirrors and are way less judgemental. Finding the right fit is essential so I have convinced people to try yoga and STILL had them not love it because maybe it wasn’t the right fit for them. And that’s okay! But you’re right, it’s insane people don’t want to try it because it is SO amazing for your health, and for your overall well being too, I think! Even just to sit in child’s pose for 75 minutes is a blessing, I think!
Post # 15
@GooteyBootey: @BlondeBee: yes yes yes to people who don’t think yoga is a good workout! You can push yourself really hard or you can go slow and do modifications…thats why yoga IS for everyone!
Post # 16
I love yoga and it is a great workout, although I wouldn’t make it the sole basis of my exercise regime as yoga alone doesn’t fulfil my personal goals.
For me, yoga is a complementary activity. It doesn’t dramatically improve my cardio or strength but does support both.