I hate yoga.
“Oh God, how much longer is this going to go on?”
Seriously, that’s the question I ask myself every time I do a yoga class. My body is tired, my brain is bored (bla, bla, namaste, bla), and I can’t wait to get out of yoga class (or turn off the online yoga video I’m doing at home on YouTube). I start longing for rocking music and a distraction.
Which is precisely why I need to do more yoga. Weird, right?
I have to learn how to quiet my mind. I do it when teaching Spinning classes, when we get to the, uh, quiet the mind part, because I’m the one teaching. The movement on a spin bike is constant, rhythmic, hypnotic – and we’re listening to kick-ass tunes. Thanks for the climb, Kongos.
In yoga class my mind goes like a rabbit on speed, bouncing all around because we’re doing yoga poses and the music kind of sucks. “What’s next, when are we done, I can’t do this pose, what errands do I have to do, what projects are due today?” my mind screams and questions.
Breathing in yoga class is not easy or natural either. I’m a spinner – I spin. I remind the class to breathe, so I breathe. Deep, full, long breaths between cues. Natural, yeah? But not in yoga. The breathing in/breathing out pattern doesn’t jive with how we works as trainers. Sometimes, it’s opposite of what we do at the gym. Wait, what?
I’m also stiff as a board. Half the time in class I’m like, “Yeah, no. This body doesn’t move that way.” Argh. Which is another good reason to do yoga: to become more flexible.
The main reason I need to do yoga is that it’s not easy for me. It’s not comfortable. It’s not second nature. Triangle is the worst.
We all turn to things that are easy for us – what comes naturally – that doesn’t require too much thinking or work on our part. Of course Spinning classes are hard, my body can do do them nearly in its sleep. Which is why I need to do more yoga, even though I hate yoga. Confused? Me too.
Aside from the actual benefits of yoga (greater flexibility, better balance, deep breathing, inner peace, and strength), I need to do more yoga just because it’s not easy. It makes my mind think. Pulls my body out of ‘automatic’ mode. Forces me to learn to focus on movement and breathing. Throws my body some curve balls.
The only way our bodies change is to challenge them. To get out of our comfort zones and do new things…change things up. Move differently. Make our muscles ask questions.
Which is why I am doing a little yoga almost every day.
Do you do yoga? Do you like yoga? What’s the hardest part for you? What’s the best part?