Post # 1
How many of you are into yoga? I have been debating about where to put this… wellness or fitness? To me, it feels more like wellness. The studies prove it too- yoga has countless positive benefits for your body.
Everytime I do yoga I feel like I just had a nice rub down while at the spa! My mind feels clear, my body relaxed & those endorphins make me feel like I’m walking on sunshine, instead of livin’ on a prayer.
I’ve heard some stories from others who don’t love yoga as much as I do. One guy I know was signed up for yoga classes for his birthday. He came prepared with his cool new lululemon headband & water bottle, but before they turned off the lights– he wanted out. Once class began, all the chanting & the awkward bending made him consider jumping out the window. Before he could roll up his mat the instructor came over and started pushing on his body and trying to get him to twist into the advanced poses– except he’s about 60lbs overweight. That was his first & last experience with yoga. Every time I see him he still reminds me & laughs at me for wasting my time with that "voodoo skinny *bleep* crap". lol
So, who practices yoga on a regular basis & what positive changes have you experienced? And if you feel at all like my friend… please share your funny yoga related stories!
Post # 3
I havent gone in a while. . .life. . . but i LOVE yoga. I like to stretch anyway and its just very relaxing for me. I do have a sort of funny story. I am a curvy,plus sized girl so the first time i walked into yoga class i expectedeginner class weird looks since it seems most yogies are. . well. . lets just say. . not me. So i take my place and its a beginner class so the instructor gives us some simple poses to do and then shes like here try this pose. So i go into it and hold it no problem and she just looks at me with this dumbfounded look. . lol. . shes like "wow. . your very flexible. . . . i wasnt expecting that" LOL aka: "i didnt know fat chicks could bend like that." lol
Post # 4
i suck at yoga but my boss actually pays to have a yoga instructor come to our office once per week for after hours sessions so ive been taking classes since the new year. theres only 10 of us in the class and its been alot of fun
guaranteed every week, our marketing manager falls asleep at the end of the session when its "quite time" and starts snoring, he still claims he has reached a higher level of relaxation than the rest of us
Post # 5
Oh I wish I could enjoy yoga!! I stretch every day, but I tried yoga classes years ago, and they made freak out!! I felt very claustraphobic. Oh, it was weird. I’m the type who freaks out, though, if I have to wear socks for too long, bc I feel like my feet are squished. So, no yoga classes for me, despite the fact that my Maid/Matron of Honor keeps trying to get me to sign up with her. I do a few yoga-ish videos at home. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I’m kind of an infomercial fitness junkie, so I bought all the Yoga Booty Ballet videos, and I liked them, but I wouldn’t say "Oh I was doing yoga!" My friends make so much fun of me for these!! I think my main problem with the yoga classes is that I’m not disciplined enough. I’m super fidgety and a total spaz, so I can’t relax in that atmosphere. IIlllghhh… I’m freaking out just thinking about it!
Post # 6
I like yoga – but I seriously hate the cleansing breathing exercises you do at the beginning of a class. I try to arrive late to I can just jump into the positions!
Post # 7
The first class I went to was a hot yoga class where the room is around 100 degrees, but I absolutely loved it! I only went once b/c I got sick right afterwards and then my life got way too busy (got engaged, my sister’s wedding this past May, etc). I really want to go back and try the regular yoga class. Hopefully I will get some time soon (I doubt it – I guess I just have to make time!).
Post # 8
I love yoga, too. I always feel really calm and focused, yet relaxed after yoga. I was trying to explain it to my husband, because I think it’s a good combination of concentration AND relaxation. Honestly, it sounds cheesy, but it really helped me diffuse some of my wedding stress. After yoga, I always felt better!
I used to do bikram yoga and I LOVED it. You sweat A LOT, but there’s something so cleansing about it. Maybe I should get back into it?
Post # 9
Jessie: Definintely get back into it, even if the wedding stress is over & you’re enjoying married life!
Sara: I was extremely overweight about 5 years ago… the first time I did yoga I felt the same way! I thought all eyes would be on me and they’d be thinking "Oh look there’s the fat girl who works out once a week by coming to a yoga class & then has a hamburger after". Seriously… I was so self conscious I believed that crap!! At first I sat in the back doing the modified poses, and now I’m at the front of the class teaching a few nights a week. The best part about yoga is that everyone’s eyes are closed for an hour & they’re busy focusing on themselves. If people are judging then they’re missing the whole point of yoga & all I can say is karma.
eloping: your boss hires someone to come in once a week? How cool!
Post # 10
I’m more into pilates than yoga….I’ve done yoga, but i’ve never been able to get into it enough to stick with it. I tend to get bored and don’t focus well, and it doesn’t calm me, so I have to find other things that work better. But that’s just me.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Yoga to me is a complete release & I try to practice it as often as I can. We were lucky in that one of our wedding guests is a yogi & she had a "class" every morning during the wedding weekend on a deck overlooking the beach.
Post # 12
Recessionista thanks for asking this question! Yoga is awesome and can be a great tool for relaxation and awareness for stressed out wedding planners.
I love yoga, I started practicing years ago and have been teaching for a while too. It has absolutely changed my life, inside and out. I’m really bummed to read about your friend’s negative yoga experience. I think if he tried the right kind of teacher and studio, he could have a totally different experience. It is important to find a teacher who has been trained and certified and to find out what their teaching style is.
Yoga can benefit everybody, but there are a lot of styles and approaches out there. Some of it is very fitness focused, some more focused on healing injury, some just on body awareness and relaxation. I try to teach people to know and understand their bodies and to appreciate themselves. Just showing up at the mat, especially at a class, is the hardest part!
Miss Starlet- I don’t know what yoga booty ballet is but it made me laugh and laugh! Try the breathing exercises a bit, you might end up liking them. Or think about why you don’t like them- do you just feel weird or does it feel pointless? You might want to compare how it feels to go to a class where you start with the breathing vs. a class when you come in late and don’t do the breathing and see what effect the breathing has on you. Might be an interesting experiment!
And yeah Jessie- try it again! Yay yoga!
Post # 13
I teach yoga, GYROTONIC, and pilates.
I LOVE yoga. I can see how people could be turned off by it on the first class. It really depends on the style and approach of the yoga. I could get in trouble with serious yogis, but my opinion:
Bikram, Hatha, and Vinyasa are a good place to start. It’s important that the teacher doesn’t wax philisophical too much. Actually, the spirituality is embodied in the poses without the need for extraneous words. A foward bend is surrender. A backbend allows you to see the world in a new light. You can get yoga without overthinking it. The poses are metaphors physically enacted.
Kundalini is if you want to go more towards chanting and spirituality. My bridesmaid loves kundalini. I appreciate it, but I prefer more of a hard core workout.
I love iyengar because you hold the poses for a long time. I clear my mind because if I focus on anything else, I will fall.
Reccionista, I love your posts. Thank you for posting about yoga.
Post # 14
I’m so glad to see that there are so many yoga fans around here! I am definitely going to plan on getting back into it! The studio where I used to practice recently closed, so I need to find another place. However, I decided to get up early this morning to do one of my DVDs at home before work. I have several Sara Ivanhoe DVDs and an MP3 on my iPod, so I do those from time to time.
Does anyone else practice on their own, instead of/in addition to in a class? I find it doesn’t have the exact same benefits as practice at the studio, as there are more distractions (like this morning when my cat decided to lay on my yoga mat!) However, it works for a time when I can’t make class.
Post # 15
I also love pilates. It’s my favorite. I really wanted to love yoga, and I kind of did start to fall for it … but I pulled something in my back like a year and a half ago that just now completely went away. So I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. It doesn’t work well with me I guess. I did love the relaxing breathing and the calm serene atmosphere though!
Post # 16
I took Iyengar classes for quite a few years, and I still do it on my own or with DVDs as part of my general wellness routine. It’s a great way to clear your head and loosen up your body. Nothing like a downward dog to stretch out the hamstrings!