1 - I don't have to be flexible to do yoga.
2 - I don’t need to be good at yoga to do yoga.
3 - There’s a whole other world of Yoga other than Hatha and Vinyasa for e.g. Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram, Jivamukti, Kundalini, Anusara, Baptiste, Forrest, Strala etc and I should try them instead of just doing the generically flow classes.
4 - Hatha means holding and Vinyasa means movement or Flow and yin means holding poses longer than hatha poses but thankfully usually in a supine or seated position. And that Power is not at all hard. (the name is just scary)
5 - Not all yoga is slow (and sleepy).
6 - Knees chest Chin is not a chaturanga.
7 - I didn’t have Om or chant if I didn’t want to.
8 - Yoga is not a religion if you don't make it to be (spiritual). It can be what you want to be - a practice of physicalness, practice of stillness or self-discovery or all three!
9 - 1 class a week is not enough.
10 - Try different teachers and stick with the one you connect with because they are the ones that will fuel your yoga journey.
11 - Everybody's body is different. We are all built differently so celebrate my imperfectly perfect body as it is because it is what makes it me.
12 - That I will spend a lot of money on #cuteyogapants #addictedtoleggings
THE OLD ME AND THE NEW ME
From someone who shied away from telling people that she practises yoga, to a NEW ME sharing as much Baptiste Yoga as I can; I’ve come a long way since my first class back in 1997. In fact, I don’t think that counted. Right now, I am declaring that my FIRST official yoga class was with Pure Yoga in 2012. :)
I resisted doing yoga because I didn’t think I needed it. And when I eventually began, I didn’t really broadcast it out - because I was ashamed in a way. Firstly I didn’t want to be like “everyone else” = like jumping on the latest fitness trend. I didn’t want to be labeled as a yogi because I am not. Secondly around the time I started, there was a lot of hype in Malaysia about yoga not really a true “Muslim” way of living. Lastly, I realised that what I thought was a flexible body of mine wasn't flexible at all.
There was lot of internal and external struggle.
But Yoga, like life is a journey. If I knew all these 12 things at one go - it’ll be an information overload, because the brain will not be able to process it all at once go.
If you new to yoga and reading this - my advice to you will be:
P.S. If you can turn back the clock, what would you have said to the younger you, who's just starting yoga? What would you have done differently?