When yoga makes you cry

This is the beginning of a journey, and I bit off more than I could chew.  Are you still beginning 4 months in?  How long did it take Louis and Clark to get to the Pacific?  Dang it, I’m going to cry again. 

As strong as I’ve gotten since March, I wasn’t prepared for today’s class, a hot class 96 degrees and far more advanced than I.  I’ve always been strong, until I wasn’t. This is a very long journey back. 

Needless to say, I was shaken, exhausted, and ready to barf at the end of the hour.  

Crow?  No….not yet.  No Chataranga yet.  No Ashtaranga yet.  No, I’m not into my wheel yet.  You want me to grab my big toe, and do a one arm one leg side plank?……Ok.  I actually did that move, now I will just get into my child pose, and catch my breath.  After 20 Vinyasa ( the rest portion of the class –which is plank, to up dog, to down dog in a fluid movement), planks held , 3 legged dogs to plank, runner’s pose, wild things, side planks, chair twists, tree on blocks, dancer’s pose on blocks, and whatever else turned me into a pile of weeping mush.

Tomorrow is another day, Scarlett.  If I can move tomorrow, I will try again.

Yoga made me cry……yoga is not for sissies.  Expletive here#%\\€£¥!!!

10 thoughts on “When yoga makes you cry

  1. I follow Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube … mainly because I think she is funny and I can do it in the privacy of my own house. I am not good. I have lousy balance. I think I would hate Hot Yoga. Keep hanging in there, keep writing, but don’t be afraid to try a different yoga! I think I’ll be in beginner’s 4EVER. 😉

    • Right now, I’m pissed off enough to make Yoga my peasant willing to kiss my ring. But that’s just me. I’ve always been ‘able’. When I find myself ‘unable’ it really gets to me, and challenges me to find a way. Dang it. It’s so predictable. That may be why I’m so weepy over it. 53, and thinking I’m going to conquer the fitness world. That’s funny.

  2. I have officially had one yoga lesson. It occurred this summer and was nothing like the stuff you attempt. It looked so easy, but it wasn’t. It was challenging and I enjoyed it even though I don’t think I was particularly good at it. I don’t know if it was coincidence or the yoga was a trigger, but my IBS raised its ugly head, I spent the rest of the day on the couch, and I haven’t been back. I think you are amazing, but I would love an explanation of HOT yoga and why anyone would want to do it.

    • Yoga, especially if you did any twisting, looking or turning to the side, or forward folds, stimulates the digestion. It puts your body into positions that it doesn’t usually do. I didn’t realize how weak I had gotten, until I started this. One class I do is lots of planking, so I work my shoulders, back, and core. One class does lots of leg work, lunges, squats, and bends.
      Hot yoga? Something new, and thought I would try it. It’s supposed to help detox, but it was miserable. I was ready to throw up. that class was just so far above my experience level, so I pushed really hard, and wore myself out.
      My wheel class is Warm which runs 81-83 degrees, and we sweat, but don’t suffer. We get lovely chilled lavender towels at the end to cool off with. I love the wheel class. It’s helped my flexibility in a really gentle way, especially in my spine. The wheel is my favorite.

      • Thanks for the explanation. Both of Hot Yoga and what may have happened to me. I really do think what you are doing is amazing. My favorite part would be the chilled lavender towels.😅 My unprofessional advice–keep it up while you can and then maybe you will be able to keep it up longer than you would have! It is harder to jump into exercise again at any age, but especially as you get older.

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