Don’t Try Yoga Until You Understand These 3 Things

Don’t Try Yoga Until You Understand These 3 Things


Owning a yoga studio for the past nine years I’ve welcomed over 9,000 new students looking to “try yoga.” On average, I found that it takes roughly two years from “thinking about trying yoga” to actually walking in the door and coming to class.
If you are considering taking the plunge and trying yoga, here are 3 things you need to know (and your friends and family may not tell you).
1. It takes a long time to learn. When I took my first yoga class, I could only do 10 percent of it. Over the course of my first year, I slowly built up to finishing an entire class. It took me more than two years to memorize a Sun Salutation A (traditionally 12 poses linked together with breath in a set sequence). I don’t remember doing backbends as a kid, so I was on a five year plan to do Wheel Pose (full backbend) in yoga class. Even now, after 15 years of practice, poses sometimes take a year to master, and sometimes more.
Lesson Learned: As a result, I have learned to be more patient, which is brilliant because this lesson is transferable to other life goals. Whether it is getting a promotion at work, or finding a healthy, romanticrelationship, yoga can help. In fact, the reason you are reading this article is because it took me over seven years of daily “writing my yoga” to be published. Yoga taught me to stay the course.
2.  It’s hard. I realize you didn’t expect to hear that and likely don’t want another obstacle in your life. “Very few of us want to risk our comfort,” writes Nischala Joy Devi in The Secret Power of Yoga. We are of course organisms of convenience. The poses, breathing and difficulty demonstrate how we habitually act about our difficulties. And what we practice on the mat is not crisis management — it is “crisis preparation.”
Lesson Learned:  As a result, I have learned to be less frustrated. I know how to better respond to life’s hard moments by keeping my less glamorous emotions like anger and pettiness in check. This has helped me grow up and throw fewer tantrums. Bonus: people like you even more.
3. Yoga is no short-term fix. Seriously, you learn commitment. In a world of short sound bites and ADD relationships, this is an enormous paradigm shift. In order to get the maximum benefits from yoga, you have to maintain a regular practice. The word for this in yogaspeak is Sadhana. Yoga is a long-term prescription for happiness.
Lesson Learned: As a result, I have learned to make long-term improvements in my life. If I want to feel better, reduce back pain, improve emotional stability, lose weight, lessen stress related symptoms like poor sleep, fatigue, indigestion, I have to keep doing it. Yoga has made me a better friend, partner, and daughter because I work at keeping my relationships healthy and I keep learning.


Published April 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM
About Silvia Mordini

SILVIA MORDINI, E-RYT, lululemon Ambassador, Life Coach, Teacher Trainer. <br
Silvia is the creator of Alchemy of Yoga, a nationally recognized RYT200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Self-Study) Program in its 12 cycle.  She owned a successful, well-loved Chicagoland yoga studio for 9 years. Silvia writes regularly for along with producing her “Loving Your Day” videos and Love Your Life yoga blog. Silvia and her partner also lead Spiritual Adventure Yoga Retreats Nationally and Internationally through Alchemy Tours.

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About Debbie Forbes, LMT, CPT

Debbie has been a Licensed Massage Therapist (FL LMT MA16310) for over 18 years. Originally from the Chicago area, she moved to St. Pete in 1986. Her specialties are deep tissue, Lomi Lomi, Thai Yoga massage and Stress Therapy massage. She has traveled to Hawaii, the Bahamas, Mexico and various other places to study bodywork and allied modalities. She takes from her many years of experience and multitudes of classes to structure a massage based on your needs. Debbie is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher. She believes that Integrative Systems, such as, Yoga, Massage and Personal Movement have been developed to guide us in this journey. An avid cyclist, Debbie travels around the country doing century and double century rides. She is a reluctant triathlete, cross fitter, occasional doughnut eater and is a USA Triathlon Official in her spare time.

Posted on April 25, 2012, in General Health Tips, Training, Yoga. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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