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Yoga Is Not For Everyone

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As a nervous, squirrely type of person people have been telling me for years to try yoga. It will help you relax they said. The mind and body connection is like a natural high, you’ll get addicted to it, I was told.

I have always exercised, walked, rode my bike, took aerobics classes and I confess that when alone in the house I dance up a storm. Yoga was going to be different but I thought it only fair to give it a shot. After I put it off for as long as I could I finally went to a class one weekday morning. The room was nice and quiet and pleasantly cool. Soft new age music in the background set a relaxing tone and I was ready.

During the first ten minutes or so I assumed the instructor was warming us up for other more energetic movements. Was I wrong. I soon learned that being bent at the waist with my palms on the floor while breathing deeply was not the warm up, it was the yoga. I looked around and wondered if the rest of the class felt like they were having a series of mini-strokes as I was while waiting to change positions, but to my surprise they all looked blissfully relaxed.

I had no idea how I’d make it to the end of the class and I tapped my foot impatiently in my mind as I watched the clock. One more deep breath and I was sure I’d hit the mat face first.

I later reported to friends that apparently yoga isn’t for everyone. Especially not squirrels.

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EmpowHER Guest

I have been practicing yoga for more than five years and really enjoying the benefits.Learn Yoga and enjoy the benefits for the life time.

April 25, 2009 - 8:59pm
EmpowHER Guest

Yoga is for everyone, and especially people like you!

It just takes a bit of practice to experience that blissful relaxed state :)

I have taught many a student who tapped their feet, fingers, gazed out of the window, twiddled their hair, picked at their toes nails (yes, really!).......but with a little persistence they have all GOT IT eventually and now LOVE YOGA too.

I highly recommend that you give it another go.....

April 24, 2009 - 1:16pm
HERWriter Guide

Teri, I love this!

I too have been advised that yoga would be 'just the thing' for someone like me - a fellow squirrel. It isn't - I do a hard cardio workout for 45-60 minutes with the music pumping, me breathing hard and sweating like a maniac. This is the workout for someone like me. Different strokes...and all that. Yoga works wonders for many people but for me, it's not 'just the thing'.

April 24, 2009 - 11:46am
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