I am going to veer from my main subject this week into what to do to keep yourself occupied during these dreary months. Now I know when I say hot yoga or Bikram yoga most of you will cringe at the thought. I completely understand. I have to say Bikram is a testament to your mental and physical abilities. I have a serious love hate relationship with this form of torture. I have Practiced, taught and owned a studio for a about 10 years and I will tell you at times it was amazing, and at times it was the worst of the worst. I have taken a yearlong break from it all, and am returning as just a student. It is the hardest hour and half I have experienced, exept childbirth.
If you have tight hamstrings God Bless you. But that is why you are there remember? If you don’t like to sweat better go play checkers. But these are all really just excuses, there are many more, I have heard them all. When I was teaching, students would see me in the grocery store and I swear they would run the other way so I would not corner them in the bakery having them feel the need to explain their delinquent yoga attendance.
Here are the top 10 excuses why not to do yoga
- I hate the heat
- I am so inflexible
- It’s so long
- I don’t like to sweat
- I am to fat. (What better way to drop a few pounds )
- I am not in shape enough to do a class like that
- I just wouldn’t like it
- I don’t have time
- I hate yoga (a valid one but I bet they have never done any yoga)
- I can’t wear those tight little clothes
I myself have used all of these excuses. But these reasons are all the reasons you might want to go.
As a teacher and student I sympathize with everyone in that room. It is not easy, everyone is different in his or her bodies and minds. So if you have thought about going into that room but are scared guess what you are not alone.
Here are a few things I think people should keep in mind when attempting this as a newbie or coming back from the abyss of no exercise.
- No one cares what you look like in or out of the postures.
- No one cares how good you are at yoga
- No one cares what you are wearing unless you coming in flannel pj’s ( I have seen this)
- Do not judge yourself it’s not everyday we stare at ourselves in a full length mirror (unless you have some weird habit )
- Don’t come in with the idea that you will be doing every posture and rocking out an hour and half, you will blow up in the first 3 postures……
- Think less is more.
- Thinking you can Cirque du Soleil yourself into the postures is not going to work.
- Only do what your body can handle no matter what is coming out of the teachers mouth. Remember they are teaching to many and not every word they say will apply to you.
- Our egos will tell us go go go….. people are watching. When really no one cares but you. They have their own set of problems on their own mats.
- In the end, some classes are going to suck & some classes are going to be great
- Go slow build up and don’t let YOU be your worst critic.
- Come back the next day even if you can’t sit down
- Ask your teacher questions after class they love it and will help you that’s what they are there for.
- Most of all give it an honest try!
Let’s sum it up: Go slow. Do the minimum and build up. Sometimes class will suck for a host of reasons, the heat or lack there off, the teacher, your mental state, or the crippling pain your body is in. That is okay, come back tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a dreamy class that will take you to another planet! You will forget about everything outside of that room, when its over you will get in the car, and may forget where you are going… BLISS!
Generally in life the things that are the hardest are sometimes the things that are the most fulfilling. They last forever. I always said in class “if this was easy you would not come back.”
I look at yoga like a relationship with a spouse, child, friend, boyfriend, or job. It’s not a free ride you have to put the work in for it to work. That is what the good stuff in life is made of.
Peace love and Hot Yoga.
Ps.. If you think its for you find a great studio in your area here Bikram Yoga Finder