Third Times a Charm! A Yoga Trial

Third times a charm, right? I’ve been trying to pick up a yoga habit for a while now but so far have been floundering around not quite aimlessly but pretty damn close to. Yesterday, despite wanting nothing more than to snuggle in bed with a bag of jelly beans and my Nintendo Switch, I threw on my yoga outfit, picked a session, and pushed myself to just get it done.

I chose a beginners set called Winter Warrior. The description sounded nice enough and the pose list didn’t include anything too advanced so I felt like it was a good place to pick back up!

It wasn’t awful but it took a measure of will power I wasn’t sure I had (I found out I did indeed have the willpower). The videos I use have nice little empowering statements every so often. In downward dog occasionally the narrator will say “cycle your legs and slowly rock your body, whatever feels nice here” and my internal response is “NOTHING FEELS NICE HERE, MY HAMSTRINGS ARE MADE OF LAVA”.

Yoga is supposed to be calming but I honestly haven’t mastered feeling zen yet. I think zen comes after your muscles stop shaking.

I finished my session, completed all poses to the best of my ability, and felt proud. My whole body felt like it was made of jell-o or maybe a thick pudding and I definitely broke a sweat!

I decided to document some tips to myself (and other people who are new to or restarting yoga)!

  • Do the poses the best you can! I’m a perfectionist and so I want my body to match the video’s example exactly. It’s impossible, literally. As someone who never played a single sport, has never touched my toes without bending my knees, and is about as flexible as a steel rod I cannot match their stances. This is quite discouraging. It’s completely ok AND EXPECTED to modify the stances to meet the skill level I’m at.
  • Water, water, and water! This is a big one for me. Have a cup of water near by for throughout the session. Sweating means there needs to be rehydration happening. It also helps muscle regeneration after the session.
  • Do not, for the love of nausea, eat immediately before. It is important to have eaten somewhat before the session but avoiding eating a whole lunch or meal only minutes before starting. All those poses on a full tummy can make for a very upset stomach.
  • Do eat protein immediately after. I didn’t do this. I regret not doing this. Protein helps make sure your body has the fuel to regain strength and reduces inflammation as this happens. In jargon, not eating proteins means the next day will likely hurt much more. I can attest to that today as I cry with every step.
  • Focus on the breathing rhythm. I have a tendency to focus on the shaking in my arms and legs or the fire in my muscles as I try to hold a pose. This honestly is counterproductive despite how challenging the habit is to break. All it does is makes it feel harder than it is. Instead I’m going to focus on my breathing especially when I’m feeling the burn!

So there we have it, for the third time this year I’m restarting yoga and this time will be the time I stick with it!

My goal is 3 times a week with 30 minute sessions to start. I think that’s reasonable! I’m going to post most of the time about it to keep myself accountable and share my journey!

I’m sore, I’m tired, and I’m proud!

What are your favorite yoga tips? Have you struggled with keeping a yoga routine? What are your yoga goals? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject!!

34 thoughts on “Third Times a Charm! A Yoga Trial

      1. Mostly anxiety, I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and prefer to avoid medication. Yoga seems to help me stay calmer and have less flares during the day. 🙂

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      2. If you decide to post, I’d love to read it! Anxiety is such a tough thing to go through and writing about it seems to be cathartic for most! 🙂 My therapist suggested giving yoga a try so hopefully it does help you too for both purposes!!

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      3. Yes for sure. If you don’t suffer from anxiety it’s hard to understand. My husband says just don’t worry about it, it’s fine…. lol but it’s not that easy.

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  1. Good to see you got on it and have started. Makes me so happy:)
    You already have some good tips in your post, but since I have been a yogi for about 5-6 years now, and don’t claim to do all the ridiculous looking poses, lol, but I try them, even if I fall 😉

    Some tips would be:
    – It is okay to take a break and rest in child’s pose, you are still stretching.
    -Don’t over-do a stretch, point is to only get to the point you are slightly over your threshold and stop there to increase flexibility.
    -Let your thoughts go and focus completely on your breathing. Think of your thoughts as clouds passing by and observe them and let them go!

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    1. Oh those are amazing tips! One of the downsides of being unable to go to an actual studio is not having an instructor there to help guide how far into a stretch is appropriate. I had no idea you should only go slightly beyond what’s comfortable. That would probably be a huge reason I am so very sore afterwards.

      Thanks for the great insight!

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    1. I think if you’ve given it an honest go there is nothing wrong at all with deciding it isn’t for you. As with most things, to each their own. Have you found other physical activities you enjoy more? 🙂

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      1. Oh yes, plenty. I think I don’t like someone telling me what to do. I see that in many areas of my life, so I think yoga and exercise classes just make me feel that way. I find myself wishing they were over! And my favorite part of yoga classes was the relaxation at the end.

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      2. I do love corpse pose and just laying there relaxing!! That makes sense. It is good you know that about yourself so you can seek out things that fit your personality well!

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    1. I’ll have to work more at clearing my mind. I can’t go to actual classes or a studio so I use FitStar Yoga through my phone and stream sessions. It makes it a little more challenging to clear my mind at home so I’ll have to practice!

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  2. I am trying to get into yoga. It’s deceptively tricky. I like you tend to Focus on the shaking too so a good breathing rhythm is on my list of things to master

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  3. I was reading the comments when I saw you have anxiety. I was just diagnosed a few weeks back with severe anxiety and have taken up yoga like yourself! I’m doing “Yoga with Adriene” on Youtube. So far I love her sessions. I’m starting with the 30 day playlist and do it on the days I don’t run (by run I mean jog as slow as a turtle in molasses). Both are making me feel pretty good. I love your tips for Yoga though! Definitely going to keep these in mind for my session tonight!

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    1. That’s the yoga I started with, too!! I loved her series! It was so easy to follow and got me really used to the flow of the things. Plus, it being on YouTube is a huge plus! I’m sorry you’re going through anxiety too, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I’m glad you like my tips and hope they help you out tonight. 🙂

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      1. I’m glad you had such a good experience with her! It makes me excited to finish out the 30 day playlist. 🙂 As far as the anxiety goes, my therapist and I are working through it. It’s a really tough thing, and when I hear that someone else deals with it to, I give them an imaginary fist bump. ❤

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      2. Well you definitely get an Internet first bump back! Kudos on you for going to therapy. I’ve met a lot of people who for some reason don’t get therapy but I think it’s one of the most valuable tools! 🙂 You got this and you’re absolutely not alone!

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