As someone with IBS, I’d heard many good things about yoga and the multitude of benefits: mental, physical and spiritual. I briefly tried yoga in the past but shortly after starting I moved cities so wasn’t there long enough to feel an impact. In January, settled in my new location, I decided it was time to do it properly. After trialling a couple of different styles of yoga I found one that’s very ‘me’. The class is wonderful! But let’s just say there are a few things I’ve noticed about being a yoga newbie that other newbies might be able to relate to!
You know you’re new to yoga when…
- You walk into the room and head straight for the back. To the corner. Basically outside the room. Where’s that invisible cloak when you need it?!
- You spend most of the time watching the teacher trying to copy their movements.
- You think you’re doing a good job of copying their movements, only to realise your arms and legs are definitely doing their own thing – coordination fail.
- You’re not as flexible as you thought you were…oh no no. How do people do THAT?!
- You wear ‘everyday’ socks and soon realise that’s a very bad idea. Downward dog? No chance!
- You try to balance on one leg and realise that it’s so much harder than it looks – even WITH a focus spot.
- You compare yourself to how good everyone else is but soon realise that it’s not about how ‘good’ or flexible others are, it’s about finding your body’s limits and staying within them. Happy body.
- You’re mesmerized by the range of different moves and their names – how many warriors?!
- In fact, the only move you do recognise is ‘plank’ – we all know that one (and the associated pain!)
- The block is your best friend.
- You instantly feel the benefits and wonder why you hadn’t started way before now!
Feel free to add more in the comments below!