Yoga from the perspective of a ‘Non-Yogi’

One of my New Years resolutions for 2017 was to ‘get into yoga’ – whatever that means. I’ve been to the odd class before with friends but I’ve never sustained it for long enough to see any improvements or benefits. Lately I’ve been seeing toned women on Instagram doing headstands and various other tricky looking poses and I thought ‘I want me some of that’.

In January Paul and I (yes I dragged my husband along too!) started attending a weekly yoga class at our gym. We were lucky because our local gym has a brilliant yoga teacher who runs a really excellent mixed ability class and she’s fantastic about helping you get the very best out of your practice. As much as I am enjoying it, however, I would say yoga definitely does not come naturally to me! I’m a gym bunny, I love working out and lifting weights and I’m very naughty and very rarely stretch afterwards. Consequently, my flexibility is at around zero and I can’t even touch my toes! Now, a few months in I am loving regular yoga and I am starting to see the benefits, but I thought I would share with you a few things that you might find tricky as a ‘non-yogi’ like me trying to take up this hobby!

First up, let’s get out of the way. Even if you think you are fit, you are not yoga fit.

Before I started yoga classes I considered myself a moderately fit and kind of ‘sporty’ person. I thought I was quite strong, I can run a bit, I generally enjoy exercise so I kind of naively thought I was take to yoga pretty easily. Let me tell you; I may have thought I was strong, but I am NOT yoga strong. A few seconds in some of the poses and I was wobbling all over the place, sweating and breathing heavily whilst the rest of the class look serene. Yoga seems to just use muscles that you never use at any other time when working out. It is an amazing workout because it hits cardio, strength training and core stability all in one session. But, if you are new to it like me, don’t expect to take to it naturally.

Also, it hurts the next day.

The morning after my first yoga class I tried to sit up in bed and my body just wasn’t working. The aching was like nothing I’ve ever experienced! After a good training session it’s normal for the section of the body you have been training to ache but after yoga it was like my entire body was hurting. Good news however, after about 15 weekly classes I can confirm that the morning-after pain never again reaches the heights of the first session. I think it was just my body having a tantrum for putting it through something so unfamiliar and difficult!

They make it look easy.

I have re evaluated my initial goal of nailing the Insta-Yoga-Headstand. I can confirm that 15 weeks in and I am still NO WHERE NEAR a successful headstand! It takes time, really consistent practice and incredible core strength to do most tricky yoga poses. Right now I’m still working on touching my toes. But I am getting closer!

It might involve singing.

Yoga is a spiritual practice at it’s heart. Unbeknown  to me, it is quite usual for a yoga class to all close their eyes and belt out a couple of ‘Ohms’ at the end of a class! I love it, but just to pre warn you as I was slightly bewildered at my first class.

You will probably become addicted.

Despite all of the aches and wobbling – I am now a yoga addict. My Tuesday nights are not complete without an hour spent upside down! Not only have I seen an improvement in my core strength and flexibility, but also I feel like it really reenergises me and helps me feel calm. After a long day at work sometimes I umm and ahh about going, but afterwards I feel like the day’s stresses have melted away! I have even noticed a decrease in tension headaches since I have been going. I am determined to continue practicing yoga and get better, stronger and DO THAT HEADSTAND GODDAMMIT!

Are you a yogi? Or considering taking it up? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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14 Comments

  1. Natasha April 12, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    I’ve never tried doing yoga, actually I have but on the wii fit (not quite the same) I could never imagine myself doing yoga! Keep at trying to do the headstand!

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.com/

  2. robyn April 12, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    I’ve never tried Yoga but it seems like such a peaceful practise! I’m glad you’re finding it easier and if I do decide to take it up I’ll be prepared now! Great post!
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk

    • Jessica Emily April 13, 2017 / 8:58 am

      Hehe it’s peaceful… sometimes. Practice makes perfect though! Thanks for your comment x

    • Jessica Emily April 13, 2017 / 8:58 am

      Hehehe thanks! x

  3. sami April 12, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Omg this is just what I was looking for! I love reading posts about yoga because I really want to start doing some yoga in my spare time. I think it’s such a lovely, relaxing and mindful concept! Love this post x

    • Jessica Emily April 13, 2017 / 8:59 am

      Haha thank you! It’s amazing and very relaxing, but very hard! Thanks for reading glad you enjoyed it x

  4. Poppy Mayy April 12, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    I love yoga – although I definitely wouldn’t call myself a hardcore yogi 🙈 This is a great post that I can totally relate to ❤️

    • Jessica Emily April 13, 2017 / 8:59 am

      Haha glad I’m not the only one! x

  5. Helena April 13, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    I always think they make it look easy too but i knew it couldn’t be as easy as it looks!

    • Jessica Emily April 20, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Hehe it’s a struggle at first! But it does get easier! Enjoy x

  6. Jadirah Sarmad May 1, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I really want to take up yoga too and get fit this year because even though I am okay with my weight, I am not particularly happy with the extra fat that I have gained over the past year! x

    ♥ Jadirah Sarmad | Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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