nicolejb
2 years ago1,000+ Views
5 Reason Why Yoga Terrified Me at First
Let's face it -- yoga looks absolutely terrifying unless you've tried it! It comes with a lot of preconceived notions and ideas, all of which tend to terrify people (me included).

Here's what terrified me the most (and how I got over it!)

1. The community is pretty tight-knit

The instructor is probably big in the community in the area, and probably already knows that you are new to the class. Usually they know other yogis in the city, and they know all big yoga names. Joining a tight-knit group is pretty tough when you don't know anyone, but I found that with time I got to know a few people and felt a little more at ease. Even with not knowing everyone.

2. The instructor (and sometimes the whole class) was WAY bendier than me.

Yup, let's just say I was struggling to even touch my toes. I thought I wouldn't be able to do ANYTHING. But luckily, I learned that the instructor usually provided a few alternate poses for you to do if things get too tough. Even after a few weeks I was feeling ready to try the real poses!

3. Sanskrit

I don't know this language, but yogi's speak lots of words in this language. Just like when you show up to a party hosted by your German neighbors, you tend to feel really out of place hearing weird phrases, until you get used to the words and their meanings. Pretty sure I got Namaste down ;)

4. I thought the yoga class came with the lifestyle

This is totally a common misconception about yoga, but yogis are really depicted as vegetarian/vegan hippies that rub crystal amethysts. I'm pretty dang healthy, and I do enjoy a vegan meal every now and then, but I didn't buy into ALL of it. And not all yogis do!

5. Their yoga clothes were cuter than my actual real-people clothes.

Like seriously, colored, printed yoga pants. Crop-tops. Maybe this is just a girl thing, but I felt weird showing up in a less-then-on-par clothing. But once I figured out it really doesn't matter what you wear, it became a little less stressful.
Here's an accurate depiction of how I felt intimidated by my first yoga experience.

But after time... it's becomes a warm happy friendly environment that's meant to be supportive of your journey!

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It was the other way around for me. They made it look so easy, so I it was! Lol but.., I was so wrong! It's harder than it looks. But I love it! Because it's not only for my physical being but for my mind as well. It gives me sense of peacefulness and helps quiet my mind.
2 years ago·Reply
@1FallenAngel haha like you thought you would be able to do so well after like a week? yeah I thought that too!! I love it now too because after my first couple of times all those frustrations washed away.
2 years ago·Reply
Nice
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