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My Yoga Journey: The Start

If I’m honest, I think what’s been holding me back from Yoga is the fact I small mindedly thought something slow, that requires flexibility and relaxation wasn’t going to be for me. 
 
I was so wrong..
 
Around 2 months ago I brought a yoga DVD, I nervously unsealed the package and waited a week before my first attempt. I went around it the wrong way; after reading, listening and starting to learn I understood that I won’t be judged by this and that everyone’s yoga journey is different. I firstly tired on a morning on a morning that I was anxious, in a hurry and I didn’t allow myself to settle into the right mindset.
 
So I tried again, left it a few week’s and eventually it felt a little more natural but something was still missing and I couldn’t put my finger on it. This is where OM Yoga magazine came in, I dived into my first issue and quietly soaked up an introduction to the incredibly positive mindset and lifestyle choices of those that embrace yoga as a everyday part of life.
 
Relaxing after a light yoga session in the Sun..
 
Last Sunday evening, inspired by what I had been reading I started my search for a local yoga class..
I e-mailed a lady who offered classes for beginners and asked if/when I could join, the following morning I had a reply offering me a place in that evenings class with open arms. 
 
I’ll be honest, I was nervous, excited and unsure what to expect…One part of yoga I love is the clothing, I am so easily distracted by Lululemon, anything with a fancy back and comfort, for me comfort is a mandatory requirement. Fortunately there was a fashion story for me to devour in OM Yoga magazine so when I whizzed home before class I could dress accordingly and look less like a fish out of water. Whilst appearances aren’t everything but feeling comfortable makes all the difference, I didn’t want to struggle in a pose because my clothing was restricting me. 
 
When I entered the studio I was greeted with a sense of calm, a charming and welcoming teacher and the friendliest group I’ve every encountered in a fitness class. I felt fortunate and ready to learn; the class flew by and whilst I had help with some poses I was never made to feel uncomfortable for the fact I can’t touch my toes or go into some poses as deeply. I won’t lie, I floated out of class feeling like a new woman; anyone who know’s me will confirm I’m often stressed, I can be loud and I really, genuinely struggle to relax and all those aspects of my personality where dissolved on my journey home. 
 
I know it’s not realistic for me to change my whole outlook after one class but I knew that some changes needed to be made and it was time to try and make the time to practice daily or at least as often as I could. Fortunately for me OM Yoga magazine had a series of couples poses (that I could do solo) and this was so helpful for me as a beginner, plus the fact there was only a few poses this meant I could fit some yoga into my mornings. 
 
Next month I’ll write again and give you my next instalment, I can’t wait to share what I’ve learnt and hopefully I’ll be a little closer to feeling really confident in these poses.
 
OM Yoga Magazine is available in digital and print, plus there is a version for my beautiful USA readers; you can buy the magazine as a one off or for more of a taster there’s 5 and 10 month subscriptions *here*  
 
Have you ever tired Yoga before? Do you take classes or practice at home? 
 
Katie
x
 
*Disclaimer – The wonderful folk at OM Yoga magazine have kindly given me 3 months subscription, for this I thank them in encouraging my yoga journey. 
 
 
 

 

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12 comments

  1. Yoga will not only make you fit it also makes mind relax and feel better. Nice post and thanks for sharing.

    1. I definitely need a mind relaxation 🙂 Loving yoga so far..just need to ensure I keep taking the time to enjoy it! 🙂 x

  2. Yoga is a physical exercise where we can get relief mentally and physically. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’m a massive pre-bedtime yoga fan – even the simplest poses and stretches can make me go from a restless night sleep to a much more solid one! Although I definitely want to improve on my poses! x

    1. I want to improve too! But like all things..it’s often best when you feel good within practice than trying to move perfectly 🙂 x

  4. As a new convert myself, I can completely relate to your point of view.
    Love Yoga!
    Enjoy your journey.

    1. Hi Lisa – Sorry I’ve just found your comment, for some reason it hadn’t come up – Glad you are loving yoga! x

  5. I have been reading few of your blog entries and I have been really enjoying them. I have gotten really into health and fitness over the past 6 months and I have been trying out different things to see what I like and would like to keep doing. Yoga is definitely next on my list! I am home in India for Easter break from university for few weeks, so I am hoping to learn some yoga poses for beginners. While I am all for workout DVDs, I really think learning the basic poses from a professional yogi can be very beneficial because you know you are doing it right. I am quite excited to try yoga, I am hoping I do like it! I am looking forward to your next update.

    1. Hello lovely lady – Sorry for the delay, for some reason I was not notified of this comment! I’m so glad you are enjoying the posts and being a Yogi – It’s so good for the mind and soul! 🙂 xx

  6. I’ve never really tried yoga seriously…I always find it a little bit too slow..I like to get tired, out of breath- then I know I’ve worked out! 🙂 Maybe, one day!

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  7. Hey, what yoga dvd did you get?

    1. Hello! It was called ’10 Minute solutions – Yoga’ you can buy it on Ebay pretty cheap 🙂