Facing Fears: Yoga Class

Fear and yoga, not two words that seem like they belong in the same sentence. Yoga is known to be relaxing and good for your body, mind and soul.

Which it is, I’ve done yoga plenty of times at home since I started my journey to lose weight. I started out with Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga in my bedroom behind a closed door so no one could see me doing it and worked my way up to doing PiYo in my living room trying to talk Mr. B into joining me.

All of this was done a home though, not in a studio. The thought of a studio intimidated me as I didn’t want to look stupid because my sun salutations weren’t perfect.

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Silly, I know. My mind plays evil games when it comes to trying new things. I’ve been saying I was going to do yoga in a studio for years now. Mr. B even promised to pay for passes and gear for my birthday a couple of years ago. I never did it though.

Then back in July of this year, one of my Weight Watchers members informed me that there was a great groupon going on for a local yoga studio. I went home that night and bought 10 punches for Indigo Wellness.

Now I had to do it because I didn’t want to throw the $50 down the drain.

For months I made excuses as to why I couldn’t attend and kept putting it off. Last week I put it out there to you guys, that I would attend a class. After I hit “publish” on that post, I got more anxious about going. I even thought I would just not go and never mention it to you all again, but I had a few people comment saying they wanted to hear how it went. (Darn, people actually read! πŸ˜‰ )

On Saturday night I got into a great conversation with a couple of gals about yoga and they told me how great Indigo was and how I just needed to get to a class. So, I made the promise to them as well that I would go.

When I went to the Indigo Wellness website, I looked at all the classes and had no idea which one to choose. Working with my work schedule was a bit of an issue too, but it worked in my favor as I didn’t have my regular meeting on Tuesday evening due to Yom Kippur (my meeting is held at a Jewish center).

I settled on a Gentle Hatha Yoga class. I figured that would be a good way to ease me into an actual yoga class.

I also took to my Facebook page and Instagram asking you guys for tips on my first yoga class. You guys offered some great things! The few that really stuck with me were:

Remember to breathe!
Don’t compare yourself to others!
Remember, everyone was a beginner once!

Tuesday came and I made my way to the studio. I arrived early enough to go for a 20 minute walk before the class. I knew that would be a good way to calm my nerves. I got to Indigo and filled out the necessary paperwork. Angela was the instructor and was super helpful. She showed me around and made sure I knew how things worked there.

I made my way into the room and tried to not be too loud as there were some people in there already doing some yoga. I felt like I was being SO LOUD. Lol. I got my spot and finally felt calm.

I made it in the door and really the hardest part was over! Class started and I was surprised at how much I did know in the way of moves. It was really nice though to have an instructor there to fix the little things (chin up, shoulders down, wider stance) that you don’t know you are doing when practicing on your own. I also did some poses that I don’t normally do in my practice at home, so it was great to push myself a bit.

The hour went by quickly and before I knew it, it was time to roll up my mat and head home!

Post #yoga glow! Thank Angela at @indigowellness_studios for a great class! And thank you to all who shared your tips! xo

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Like any other time I face a fear, it turns out great. Again, I MUST try my best to remember this when I’m getting so anxious over doing new things!

I’m more than ready to tackle my next class and maybe even hot yoga!

Are you a yogi?
Faced any fears lately?

  • Beverly

    I’ve never done yoga – not even in my home, but just today, I signed up for a beginner’s class being held next week. I have been talking about it for ages, so I just bit the bullet (and of course, knowing that you said you were going to & you did it & loved it really helped me over the edge). Silly question though – what do people wear to do yoga if you’re not into showing a lot of skin in a public setting?!

    • Good for you, Beverly! πŸ™‚ Glad I could give you that little push!

      As for clothing, I wouldn’t wear anything baggy. It can get in the way if you do. I wore workout capris and a tanktop. But most everyone else were wearing t-shirts. Just wear something comfortable and easy to move in. πŸ™‚

      I can’t wait to hear how your class went!

  • I’m so happy for you! I am a group fitness instructor and I hate hearing how people don’t come experience class because they are nervous. There’s only one way to get better and that’s to start! Having the guidance from an instructor will take your practice to whole new levels!

  • Cheryl Murray

    Brooke do you exercise every day?

    • I try to get in a walk everyday.

      • Cheryl Murray

        I don’t know if this will work for you but I stop exercising one to two days before I weigh in. For whatever reason I will drop weight. If I exercise every day or right up to the day of weigh-in I gain.

  • Love this and love your fear facing.

  • I am so happy that you finally conquered your fear! And don’t fret about it. It will all turn out just fine! Yoga is super relaxing and refreshing event!

  • Oh, yaaay! I’m so happy you went and ended up liking it!! Just found you on Instagram – you should try one of the Instagram yoga challenges … I’m co-hosting one starting on Thursday for yogis of all levels – you just copy our yoga pose each day for two weeks and post. Such a great yoga IG community.

    • I just followed you as well! I’ll have to try to keep up with the challenge. I start out so well with them and then slack off towards the end of the challenge.

  • I love doing yoga at home! It’s so nice to stay in and follow videos.
    Morgan | theradwife.blogspot.com

    • I love doing it at home too. I did find that doing it in a studio was nice though to have a little extra support in different moves.

  • Bain

    Going to a yoga class is a great way to have a set of eyes on your alignment. I’m now a yoga teacher, and I started out with DVDs (okay, VHS!) at home. Turns out I’m hyperflexible, and had developed some bad down-dog habits that could have eventually led to a repetitive stress injury!

  • When I was young, I never thought or see myself doing yoga. However, from the time I first tried it, I fell in love with it. Now, I’m also teaching yoga! πŸ˜€