What is it that springs to mind when you think of yoga? Lot’s of uncomfortable poses maybe? Or perhaps you just think of the scene straight out of the movie Couples Retreat? For many people who don’t practice yoga, it can seem quite alien. I have to admit – I was one of these people and perhaps I still am. I didn’t understand the principal behind it – bikram yoga was something I could get my head around more easily. Intense heat and intense sweating – there’s no doubt that you’re working yourself hard.
My first ever experience of yoga was in Dubai when I tried ‘full moon yoga’. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect – it was right in front of the Burj Al Arab, the waves were lapping and the moon was lighting the sky. I couldn’t have been more impressed! Did I feel like I had completed a workout though? If I’m honest – no. Don’t get me wrong, I would have gone back there, the experience was unbeatable and I felt extremely relaxed afterwards however after being told to ‘feel the moon in your throat’ and ‘concentrate on your belly’, I somehow just couldn’t envision myself transforming into a replica of Gisele Bundchen or Miranda Kerr.
Source: Time out Dubai
I decided to give yoga another try when I was in Bali, because, quite frankly what better place is there to try it!? I was in Ubud, where Eat, Pray, Love was filmed and the place was rightfully called Yoga Barn. I didn’t think anything could have beaten my first experience (visually) but I was wrongly mistaken. I felt like I had stepped into a movie set, everything was green, perfect and tranquil. Again though, did I feel like I had just completed a workout? No. Honestly, I felt like taking a nap, in fact, I think I may have done so during the class – it’s hard to say.
Yoga is popular amongst celebrities and they often claim that this is the way that they keep so in shape. I suppose this is what made me want to give it another go. Understandably, like any type of fitness class, there are different versions of the class. Take for example boot camp – it’s not going to be the same every week. One week might be intense cardio, the next might be focusing on arms and legs and another might be focusing on your core. I understand that this is the same with yoga – there are different styles, some focused on breathing techniques and others that are more focused on flexibility and strength. In both scenarios, it’s clear that I was definitely not attending the latter.
I suppose like anything in life, it’s all about trial and error. For me, I think I would prefer a yoga class which requires more energy as opposed to the ones with a core focus on relaxation. I’ll have to keep trying out different classes until I find the style which suits me best.
What’s your take on yoga? If you know of any yoga classes that you think I’d benefit from then please do let me know in the comments section, I’d love to try them!