En route to Teach Solais with colleagues joining me we discussed our expectations of yoga. Of the three of us we had exactly zero experience of Yoga. “I’m guessing, from what I’ve seen on that’s all about inner peace and relaxation. It’s lots of slow movements,” I said to my colleagues. In my head I pictured the various scenes of people doing yoga I’d seen on television and in movies and had convinced myself it was, as I’d said, just slow movements.
“I speak to Keith earlier,” said Michael, “he said if something is too difficult don’t do it, don’t push yourself because it’ll just hurt, get used to the moves and stances and eventually it’ll all come together.”
Keith knew what he was talking about so I trusted his advice but couldn’t help but wonder what would be difficult about slow moves and sitting down now and then.
Myself, James and Michael laid our mats out and the first thing we did was lie down and do some breathing exercises. ‘See! Easy!’ I thought!
What followed was an hour of pushing and pulling muscles I’d forgotten I had. Our teacher took us through various position, both standing and seated, all of which pushed and stretched us. They didn’t so much hurt but I could feel the muscles pulling and, as advised by the teacher, took breaks when I had to. By the end of it I felt like I’d had a good solid work out and good fully see why people got so much from it. I felt strangely relaxed but also worn out. It was a good feeling.
The following day I ached but it felt worth it. I’m looking forward to session number two and have done some of the movements at home but to be honest I don’t think I’m doing them right!
Until next time…