Things I Learned During my First Month of Yoga

I’m not entirely sure what got me started in yoga in the first place, but I’m glad I did it. I was a bit reluctant at first, but the cute yoga pants and incense pushed me to ditch the heavyweights and opt for a yoga mat. It’s a common misconception that everyone that practices yoga is flexible and I learned that the hard way. Here’s what else I learned during my first month of yoga.

I’m nowhere near flexible

It took me about a day to realize it and a month to confirm that I’m at the complete opposite end of the spectrum of a pretzel. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding out you can barely touch your toes in a room full of elastic humans.

You sweat. A LOT.

Who knew you lose so much water during yoga. When I’m at the gym, I barely touch my towel except to avoid coming into contact with other members’ sweat, but during the first 20 minutes of any type of yoga, the sweat starts to literally drip from my face.

How to prepare for the supported headstand

Although plenty of yogi YouTube channels and a yoga instructor told me I could master this inversion in a month, two months later, I was still flipping over and falling. Balance isn’t easy to master and balancing on your head, regardless of the fact that your forearms are on the ground to support you, is extremely difficult without shoulder and core strength. While it may take more than a month to master yoga inversions, patience is key and each practice gradually teaches you how to breathe your troubles away.

How to live in the now

Believe it or not, the second I stepped on the yoga mat, crossed my legs, and took a few deep breaths, I completely forgot about everything around me. Disconnecting may not come as naturally to everyone, but it certainly is possible to master. A favorite disconnecting method of mine was the Shavasana pose which is meant to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. It basically helps you forget about your surroundings. Once it works, you’re hooked.

Excited yet? Our Yoga classes are challenging, relaxing, and mind changing but the connection that is built with your yoga instructor makes a world of difference. Whether it is Josiane Azar, Khaled Nahfawi, or Monique Chibli’s class that you decide to join, it will be full of bliss, guaranteed.

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