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.
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.