I’m always in awe of every single yogi out there—man or woman. I dream of being able to balance on my hands and actually feel peace, not pain. But despite being known for bringing relaxation, yoga is fucking hard…especially if you have no balance or flexibility (like yours truly). Here are five things you need to be aware of if you’re attending your first yoga sesh soon:
1. Falling is normal.
While this is true for even experienced yogis, you’ll fall a lot on your first try. If you think about it, this is just a universal life rule, which is why I kind of like that yoga is good reminder of that. In a way, it reinforces humility and teaches people not to be afraid of failure.
2. You probably won’t be good at any of the poses.
Don’t worry, if you’re lucky enough to be learning from a good instructor, you won’t be doing headstands in your first class. Still, attempting to do even the most basic poses will feel like such a struggle. And holding those poses will feel like eternity. Embrace that energy and don’t compare yourself to other people.
3. Child’s pose is your BFF.
If you feel like you’ve hit a wall, or if you just need to stop and take a sip of water, allow yourself that breather. Child’s pose is there if you need it—remember that there’s nothing wrong with taking your time.
4. Expect discomfort.
Some poses are easier than others; but some poses will seem unnatural AF, like bodies shouldn’t have to contort that way. Also, there are several types of yoga. If you don’t like one, don’t give up. Try the others. Play around with it until you get used to being less than comfortable.
5. The props help—don’t dismiss them.
Bolsters, blocks, and straps are there to help you. They aren’t for the weak. No one will judge you for needing them. Blocks helped me adjust to certain postures and made me feel like I didn’t have to hate them.
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