RELAX, IT'S JUST YOGA!
Getting yourself into a public yoga class can be daunting, especially if you’re new. Even if you’re a seasoned Yogi, every time you get on your mat it’s a different experience - that’s the beauty of the practice. That being said, we tend to over think things that happen in a Yoga class, stuff like:
1) What you look like
Let’s be honest, you’re lying to yourself and to us if you say this has never crossed your mind while in a yoga class. This can show up in different ways, perhaps you’ve looked for validation from your teacher about a certain pose or you’ve looked around during class at some point and thought ‘oh there’s no way I’m doing that when he/she can do it so well’ or you’ve spotted a cute outfit in the room and your questioning your "all black" workout wardrobe… whatever it is. Stop it! Believe us when we say – no one – is looking at what you are doing… everyone else in that room is as self-obsessed as you are and only thinking about themselves. That’s most likely why they are there to begin with. So, we encourage you to be present to the commentary you hold during a class but then ignore it / release it and just listen to the instructor.
2) Getting ‘too’ into the playlist
We have all been there too. The instructors play list was so good – played a hit from your childhood - and before you knew it you were lip syncing the words, and swaying a little to the beat, completely forgetting where you were & what you were supposed to be doing! It’s all fine – don’t worry about it! If anything, the teacher is going to feel great that you appreciated the tunes he/she chose for the class. Relax – it’s just yoga – enjoy yourself!
3) Taking breaks.
We cannot emphasis this enough- do not worry about taking breaks in a public yoga class- even if it’s a small class. Every day is different on your yoga mat and you’ve got to release any expectations as soon as you hit the mat- what you could do the day before or the class before may feel impossible the next! Pushing yourself through a class is not the goal – in fact you’re totally missing the point of the practice- sorry! Your body lets you know very clear when it needs a break and you must listen to it. The teacher doesn’t care – in fact he/she is more impressed that you are taking care for your body and listening to what it needs in the moment. So if you need to be in child pose for most of the class – do it. Try not to fight with yourself.
Team 30Fifteen understand that somedays the inner monologue is louder than others, but we hope this post reminds you that it is just Yoga, it’s not serious and it’s your practice. The teacher is just there to guide you, you are the one in the driving seat. So, relax, it’s just yoga!