My First Yoga Class Experience

My First Yoga Class Experience

The First One Wasn’t So Good

When I was in my second year at University my friend kept begging me to come with her to this yoga class that she was going to once a week. She kept telling me how awesome it was but I always had an excuse why I couldn’t come. Finally, I agreed (because I found out that the first lesson was free and I didn’t need to commit to the long run), hoping that my first yoga class experience would turn out to be a good one. I didn’t do any research before I came and I wasn’t nervous or even expecting anything from this yoga class, we arrived early and I saw that there weren’t many students in the studio so I thought to myself “I really do prefer fewer people staring at me”. Slowly more and more people started pouring into the studio and by the time the practice started the room was filled with about 50 people on their mats!

I remember the yoga instructor speaking so quiet that I could barely hear her, she was standing very far from me and with 50 people it was very hard to see what she was doing. The poses were very difficult and I lost balance a few time but I noticed that nobody really cared and the vibe in the room was amazing and welcoming, everyone just concentrated on their own body and soul without judgment.

After about 30 minutes I noticed that the yoga instructor was still speaking in a quiet voice and didn’t move from her original far away spot,  I thought to myself “well this is boring and I am having NO fun at all!”. My first yoga class experience was a real let down, I felt like it was a waste of my time and that I really won’t do this again.  I ended up forcing myself to stay the whole hour and a half practice, when it ended I was so relieved but also disappointed because I wanted to enjoy the practice after hearing so many great things about it.

I Didn’t Give Up and Tried Online Tutorials

I decided that yoga classes weren’t for me but I still wanted to learn how to do basic yoga. I started going on YouTube watching tutorials and explanation about how to do the sun salutation, eventually, I learn how to do it and for me, that was enough. There were times I did it every day and times that I did it once a week.

I always wanted to learn how to correct my positioning and learn more about Savasana and Prayanama but I remembered my first yoga class experience as boring as can be, so I kept practicing on my own.

A New Teacher Was All I Needed

Almost two years after my bad experience with that boring yoga practice, I found (completely by accident) an advertisement for a small studio near my town that has yoga classes. I don’t know why, but something inside me told me that this might be something I should check out. I googled the teacher’s name and came by a very nice site with pictures of her in the studio and I felt like this could be my second chance with yoga classes.

I called her and she was so welcoming and nice telling me all about her yoga class, why she started and where she had learned it all. I had a good feeling and decided to go to her next lesson. I prepared myself to be open minded and not to expect anything, I wanted my new experience to be genuine and not built upon my old beliefs of what a yoga class really is.

On the morning of my class I woke up early (the class started at 07:30 AM) and put on my “yoga pants” (that are also my running pants), and a simple T-shirt, I was so very excited and couldn’t wait to get to class. When I arrived the teacher had a genuine smile and asked how I was feeling and if I have any health issues that she needs to know about, she was very kind and made me feel at home.

We were only 5 students and the feeling was amazing, though I couldn’t manage all the poses and fell out of balance occasionally, there was soft music in the background and once in a while, she walked around the students fixing our postures. I felt like she really cared about me and wanted me to succeed with my yoga practice.

As we got to the end of the practice and began Savasana I reflected upon how all I needed was a different teacher, a different approach to change my perspective about yoga classes. I concentrated on my breathing and smiled, accepting the present moment and simply enjoying life.

If at first you don’t succeed try try again

We are all different people and the yoga class that was good for my friend wasn’t good for me, that didn’t mean that I should give up yoga completely but simply find a new approach. I am so glad I did, now I enjoy the gift of yoga like never before!

How was your first yoga class like? I would love to hear about it, let me know in the comments below.



  • Hari S Nair

    Hi Paulina,

    I can see why it took time for you to actually enjoy something like yoga, it happened with me also, I believe something like Yoga needs to be taught from a person who has the right energy to which we can tune into so that we can actually understand it the right way to do it, Glad that you found a good Yoga teacher, loved your post!

    • Paulina

      Hi Hari,
      I’m so glad I gave yoga a second chance because now it fills my life with such joy and I am very grateful for it 🙂

  • Adam

    Hi Paulina,

    I have always found that the teacher, whatever the subject, has perhaps the biggest influence over how well a student learns, and I’m not at all surprised that that is what made the difference for you.

    Whilst I have never done a yoga class, I have done a pilates class before. Gym 6 days a week and quite fit at the time, but this pilates class absolutely wrecked me. It was definitely a totally different type of strength.

    Thanks for posting,

    • Paulina

      Hey Adam,
      My husband also goes to the gym a lot and when I took him to a yoga class it was so different from what he was used to at the gym, it was very difficult for him.
      Apart from yoga I also like to run and go to the gym every once in a while, I feel that yoga completes my training 🙂

  • Sarah

    Thank you for sharing about your first yoga class. It’s good to know that everyone starts somewhere. I have had a rather in and out experience with yoga. I love it but currently I am not practicing (although I am practicing pilates). I can’t actually remember the first specific class, although I do remember the teacher and the time of starting yoga for the first time. For over a year, I went to the same studio, come rain or shine! And my love of yoga began from there.

    Although, I am currently not practicing, I know that my love for yoga will continue all of my life. Like I say, I go in and out of it and another time I remember fondly was practicing yoga when I was pregnant with my daughter and the connection I felt with her as I practiced with her in my belly.

    Thank you for reminding me to remember those good thoughts and memories that come from my yoga practice! Makes me feel like getting back “on the mat”

    • Paulina

      Hi Sarah, it’s amazing to hear that you felt a deep connection with your daughter while practicing yoga. I am happy to hear that you had a good experience with yoga and hope to see you on the yoga mat soon 😉 (or you can stay with pilates that is great too).

  • Maurice

    I have always been curious about yoga and the affects on the body. But I never took the plunge. Seeing every instructor has there own way of teaching, your personal review tells me to visit a couple of yoga businesses before making a final decision. Does everyone do yoga for for different reasons or does practicing yoga brings the same result for everyone who does it?

    • Paulina

      Hey Maurice, yoga is very individual and everyone feels different when they do it. Some maybe say it that what they like about yoga is how it relaxes them, some may say they like the exercises because they feel the energy flowing in their body. I would say both 🙂
      If you go to a yoga class and don’t like it at first maybe try giving it another chance and if that still doesn’t work then try a different instructor.

  • Dino

    Paulina you are great! Won’t give up is a really important key to overcome the hard times and get into success.
    I like your attitude, this is the right one!

    • Paulina

      Thanks, Dino! Today I know that every time something upsets me or I’m thinking about quitting, I need to say to myself “DO THIS NOW!” because I know that the disappointment of quitting is awful and sticks for a long time, I rather just try it out and maybe even succeed 😉

  • Simlulan

    Yeah, I know yoga is a less rigorous exercise and it definitely suits people especially for those who had issues with bone. I know of someone who had been diagnosed with crepitus where the joints would be creaking frequently. As such, he is advised to consume some supplements and to participate such exercises.If I’m not wrong, he has to also undergo physiotherapy. And together after month’s of effort, the noise starts to fade and I think his bones and joints start to strengthen.

    • Paulina

      Wow that’s amazing! Yoga and any kind of physical activity are good for our body, we can cure ourselves with the right guidance and motivation. A close friend of mine had serious back pain so physiotherapy and a few easy yoga poses were what helpt her feel better.

  • W.E. Helper

    I remember my first yoga class well, too. I’m so glad it got better for you. A small class with a good instructor makes all the difference! (I used to teach yoga about a million years ago.)

    • Paulina

      That’s awesome! I agree with you about small classes and I also think that a good connection with the teacher is important.

  • rebecca cosmidou

    Great story! You see I am thinking about taking yoga classes and I believe that it is so important to find a teacher and a class that would be good for you. My problem is that I am on recovery from chemotherapies and I feel too tired all the time! I believe though that yoga would be great for me! What do you think? Does it worth it?
    Best wishes,

    • Paulina

      Hey Rebecca, yoga is great for your body and also for relaxing and feeling good. I think the best thing to do would be consult with your doctor and see what he recommends, maybe trying some simple poses or something that don’t require a lot of movement, like the Tadasana (Mountain Pose). I wish you a super fast recovery!

  • Jonathan

    I really enjoyed reading your story. Being a guy it is hard to try out yoga in a public place. I did the same thing that you did. I was training for my first marathon when I injured my right foot. According to my doctor, I need to stop with my training to let my foot completely heal. When I mentioned this to my co-worker she told me to try yoga to help me out. She is a yoga instructor and recommended some studios. I told her that I don’t really want to go to any studios. She gave me a list of postures that I needed to do. I became obsess with the poses with high hopes that I will not get any more injuries. I would do the poses before and after each run, before going to bed and when I wake up every morning. To cut the story short, I completed the marathon with no injuries or cramps. I believe in the power of yoga. I still do yoga once in awhile at home and have tried Bikram. I advocate yoga for everyone, I believe that it is beneficial to the body and mind.

    • Paulina

      Hey Jonathan, It’s so nice to learn that yoga helped you avoid injuries! Running a marathon is a difficult thing to do and many people do get hurt while doing it. I am so happy for you that you managed to finish it in one piece 🙂 . I too believe that practicing yoga can do our body so much good.

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