Yoga is For Losers

I am a loser. A weight loser.  I tried yoga for the first time this past Saturday.

I told my wife that I wanted to give it a shot with her and she was all about it. I must admit that I thought it was going to be a cake walk. It was supposed to be a beginners class and I figured that it would teach me all of the poses or what not that I needed to know.

From the very start I knew I was in for more than I was expecting.

Let me back up and say that I lifted weights for about 45 minutes before the class started.  I figured that I would do some bicep, tricep, lats and back before hand because, hey, you don’t really use your arms all that much in yoga, right?

Oh my. Sometimes being ignorant is not so blissful.

I went in not really knowing what I was getting into.  I don’t know any poses or postures and I really do not know the terminology.  The instructor DID ask if it was anyone’s first time (and I raised my hand high) but apparently they still expect that you know the names of certain things and that you have some knowledge of the practice. All she did for me was welcome me. I’m not complaining. It IS my fault for coming ill-prepared. I ended up just having to look around, over at my wife, at the instructor, at whoever to figure out what to do.

The first couple of poses were great. They felt more like stretching and they started in the cross legged position which I enjoyed considering I was all but spent from lifting. But then we started moving a little more quickly from pose to pose. There was a lot of up and down as we went from (and I am so sorry for not getting all of these names correct…) chair pose to the breathing in and bringing your hands up over your head and then exhaling while hinging over then inhaling while you went halfway back up and then drop into baby cobra and then move into downward facing dog. And then starting all over again. It was a lot like doing squat thrusts, which, as anyone can tell you, is pretty intense. But then we were holding the downward dog for so long that my arms started shaking. I was a little embarrassed because I felt like I should have been able to do that with no probs. Enter the thought about having killed my arms for 45 mins before hand. I am assaulting a deceased equine at this point…

So anyway after the squat thrust yoga session (which was tough but it felt good too…weird eh?) we moved into other things that included but were not limited to 2 types of warrior pose, one where we balance on one leg while lifting our other leg backwards, the one where we balance on one foot while pulling our other leg up to our calf or thigh (but not your knee mind you), and some other ones where we were pulling our legs up under our selves and bending different ways.

At the end we got to lay there still and listen to Enya for a little while. I am totally not kidding about that part. It was great. Stop laughing.

Then we resounded our Ohm and namaste’d.

As an overall experience I completely enjoyed it.  I will totally do it again. I sweated like a cow.  I almost fell over a couple of times. I laughed a couple of times. And I felt like I had actually DONE something afterwards.  My body felt like it had worked. Mind you that I thought that the pace was a bit fast and my wife told me that it was the slowest class she had been in.  Wow!  I think it will be great to learn more about it as an exercise and a device for furthering my weight loss.

I am a loser, and yoga is for me.

Namaste.

7 comments to Yoga is For Losers

  • I wish I could do yoga!!! Too much bending and stretching for me though. Dr says that’s a no no 🙁

  • Krissie J
    Twitter: phillynerdgirl

    Hahaha this was one of the best first time yoga recaps I have ever read! Glad you enjoyed the practice! I do power yoga (which is often in a heated room) and sweat like a mofo. I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you have cable On Demand, you can go to Exercise TV for some free videos to help you brush up before your next class. 🙂

  • My first astanga yoga class was just about the same. I nearly died. Not literally. Second class 3 days later was 100x better. I don’t know why. I love it.

  • Alana
    Twitter: alanagruss

    Love yoga… It does give you an accomplished feeling when you are done. I think its the Enya. Its like a soft close, then the nameste is a hard close. Done. Check that off my list.

  • Tracey
    Twitter: texasgidget

    I recently started using a Groupon that I bought in March and I will admit Yoga at a Yoga studio is definitely not like Yoga at the YMCA…but it is definitely an awesome practice that I would love to experience more about! So glad you enjoyed it and are interested in trying it again! Great job!

  • Michelene Cleary
    Twitter: michelenecleary

    Loved the yoga story. I felt the same way when I started. LOVE it and will keep it up for life now.

    Keep on pressing towards your goal. I’ve been on the healthy lifestyle journey for 3 years now and am not far from goal. You’ve got a good strategy going for motivation. I wish you well.

  • You had me giggling with the ‘you don’t use your arms much in yoga’ comment. You definitely were in for a surprise.

    That sounds like the kind of yoga class I enjoy, but truthfully when I first started the instructor did go a bit slower. He was new at teaching yoga though, so we had a chance to build up to all those sun salutations while he was assessing and figuring out what we could do and what kind of class he wanted to teach.
    The class got tougher gradually, and there were times I thought I was going to collapse on my mat. But I always left class feeling fantastic.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it and hang in there! It does get easier. 🙂

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