MY FIRST TIME OF TERROR YOGA (ENG)

Last year, I felt the need to give yoga another shot. I already joined some lessons – long ago – but those weren’t a great succes. During those practices, I couldn’t stop thinking about food, the things I wanted to do after the class and suddenly there were a zillion things I wanted to tell my friends about. I simply wasn’t paying attention..

MY MIND CREATED THIS FIELD OF DISTRACTIONS AND I SAILED RIGHT ON IT

From that day on I decided: yoga ánd meditation – without me even trying – wasn’t invented for girls like me. For many years I made myself believe I was too chaotic, soon distracted, too busy, name it too brilliant. Joking here. 😉 But there are many facets of my character that just don’t match the serenity of this lifestyle and that became my conviction.

I’m glad I proved myself wrong by starting meditating on my bed, during my first visit in Bali. I experienced the clarity it brought me, everyday. So after returning to The Netherlands, I thought it was about time for me to give yoga a second change.

There and then, on the 6th of November 2016, I went to an evening lesson of Brikam yoga in Amsterdam. I went with my friend Marthe, who had almost finished her 100 days of yoga. In a row, of course.

 

GOOD COMPANY FOR THE NEEDED SELF-CONFIDENCE..

Being a bit more prude then a average girl, the first thing I had to deal with, was the fact that it was an ‘almost-naked’ situation. Not only in the dressing room, but also on the practicing floor. Most of the outfits I saw, were more revealing then the underwear I was wearing that day. Later on I understood, because the heat went up to over 40 degrees. That’s hot. After we did the standing positions, I thought an hour had passed. The heat was still rising so I was glad when we were instructed to lay down. To me it looked like we were finished and inside, I congratulated myself for doing a great job. I felt exhausted but satisfied. It was only after laying down, when our teacher told us we did well on the warming up. THE WARMING UP!

 

I STARTED PANICING A LITTLE BIT

Because I felt close to passing out while we’d only begun, great. I tried to find the eyes of Marthe, without any succes. So I tried to focus on my breathing and decided to keep going on with the practice ’till the end. I told myself that I’m not a quitter and if I could remain staying calm, there was a big change I would survive this too.

After another half an hour or so, I whispered to Marthe: ‘When will this ever finish?’ She told me a couple of times that it was totally ok for me if I just lay down and wait for the lesson to be over. I kind of ignored that, because I made myself a promise and wanted to finish. Just after her giving me a piercing who are you kidding, just lay down! look, I thought it wasn’t such a bad idea. So I did.

And I really enjoyed it for as long as I could.. Because the teacher – kind but strict – was standing next to me when I opened my eyes. He looked at me from above, it kind of threatened me because I already knew what he was about to say. He said: ‘I can see you’re not close to dying, so..’ By saying that, he must have meant that I must finish the practice unless some rampage would happen.

 

AT LEAST IN HIS WORLD THERE WAS NO RAMPAGE GOING ON..

I laughed loud – probably too loud for a yogaroom – and felt slightly embarrassed about me giving up. Even more because I actually wasn’t planning on quitting unless Marthe suggested this option repeatedly. I know, it’s always easier to blame someone else.. So, after the lesson, during a conversation with her, this took me by surprise: She told to me I’d done a good job for the first time. ‘That being said, you could easily done the job without your little rest, just so you know for the next time.’

 

SAY WHAT?!

There and then, I felt the humor and irony of this situation and laughed. Only because I felt great and alive after finsihing this first time of ‘terror’ yoga. And so I did the next time, and the next time, and the next.. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my little story.

With love,

Loekie

For those interested in yoga retreats, do it! I went to one, it was a great experience.


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