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I Never Liked Yoga But…

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by Emma Elwin on 10 January, 2018

Eco-friendly yoga mat, Yogish collective.

I was never a fan of yoga, I always thought it was to slow and, to be honest, boring as f-k. I love surfing because it forces me to be here and now– if your mind is drifting you might find yourself crushed under a wave. Every time I would try yoga I would (being an old ballerina and still quite bendy) compete with whoever was next to me, and the breathing part I just didn’t get at all. Instead of being “here and now” I would make a grocery shopping list or think of what emails I needed to send. Not very relaxing. I also tried pregnancy yoga but quit after the second time. I found myself thinking about a million more important things to do rather than sitting on a rubber rug doing non-challenging poses. That was my truth until this fall.

My dear friend Josephine took me to this yoga class after summer. She loved the studio and since it’s five minutes from our office I thought I might give it a go. The yoga teacher was a loud American who was talking and swearing throughout the whole class. After what felt like a minute the 60 minute class was over and I had had my eyes closed for most of the time. Since there was someone constantly talking I never got the chance to think about emails or lists. The word of the teacher constantly brought me back to here and now. Afterwards, I felt calm, relaxed and focused. Like I’d just gotten a full body massage (as Johanna at the office describes the post-yoga feeling). And who doesn’t love that feeling?

So today I actually really do appreciate yoga. The energy that it gives me, living a hectic life like most of us do, is more than welcome. I even got a yoga mat at home, eco-friendly of course. I will probably never call myself a Yogi but I am definitely a yoga enthusiast these days.

 


1 Comment

Judith A Ross: My experience with yoga was similar to yours. And then, since moving to a new city where the yoga studio is just down the street, I have started going regularly. Finding the right teach seems to be key. And, bonus, at an age when I might be losing height, I've gained 1/2 since doing regular yoga -- also much stronger. Maybe even ready to try surfing ;-)
January 10, 2018

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