Today’s Mantra: Listen to your inner Yogi
Ok, so a bowl of spaghetti bolognese and a glass of red wine an hour before starting a new Yoga class wasn’t smart. But I’d never given much serious thought to the fact that my best friend, Bec and I had signed up to an Ashtanga for beginners class.
I know now that if you have to take a beginners class, then the yoga might be hard.
We’d missed four classes out of the twelve we’d signed up for already due to concerts, holidays and the weather but we thought we should be fine. We walked into the class and it was a great space, wood floors, heaps of room and it was spotless. Unfortunately we could see all of this because there were only six other people in the class.
Not a smile in sight.
The instructor was soft spoken and very, very serious. There wasn’t a lot of joy in that room.
There was no lovely relaxation beforehand. No one was even lying down. Everyone was sitting up, straight backed. Not talking.
We started with a few sun salutations. Then a few more. With five breaths each time in downward dog. Within the first ten minutes I was dizzy and sick from being upside down and then flipped up again in quick succession. I had to sit out most of the start.
The instructor said it might be low blood pressure. I’m not so sure. It was the same way I feel on a ride that flips you upside down…a lot.
The rest of the class went ok and then it slowed right down when he was teaching us preparation for backbend and shoulder stand. I felt slightly better but not great. The relaxation at the end was a relief but I didn’t get that usual rush of Happy afterwards.
Can’t say I’m looking forward to the next class.
So I have fashioned a mantra for the next time I am tempted to sign up to a new Yoga class….Hatha Yoga is for me. Hatha Yoga is for me.