- 6 years ago
Bees, I’m thinking about trying yoga. I’m currently on a fitness / weight-loss journey and trying to lose a total of … well a LOT of weight. I’ve been doing lots of cardio, which I love. But I also want to become more flexible and strong, in general. My DH think I need to “step up” my exercise routine,and he has been encouraging me to try yoga. He’s been thinking of giving it a try, too.
Today, we went to check out a yoga studio that is close to our house. We met all the people who teach there, and I liked all of them. They were all very welcoming, positive, and encouraging. And the studio location is a great fit, too, as I could walk there from my house. I would love that.
But … Taking that actual first step to go into a class is beyond terrifying to me. For a few reasons. (1) I’m an introvert, so any new and unfamiliar situations give me panic feelings. (2) I have serious issues with body image. Yes, I’m on the weight loss wagon, and I am proud of my progress. (I had lost 34 pounds, but regained over the holidays. Now, though, I’m back at 33 pounds lost.) Even with a 33 pound weight loss, I am NOT a small woman. I’m 5’6″ and will never be the kind of skinny, cute woman people think of when they picture yoga pants and poses and such. I wish I could be that woman. I feel nervous and scared about going into a class because of my size. (3) I am a total and complete newb. I have never done a yoga class or even a tape. I’m terrified I would make a fool of myself. (4) I am OLD, Bees! OK, so not super old, but quite a bit older than the people who would be teaching the class. And older than any of the people I saw coming in for classes, too.
So, I am hoping some of you ladies can help me out. Can you share your yoga experiences with me? How did you decide to start? What was the first class like? What are classes usually like for you? Is it difficult to learn? (I would be starting out with their very beginning class.) Am I foolish to think about starting this in my mid-40s?
Thanks, in advance, for any information or advice y’all can give me.