As I mentioned in my post Mind, Body, and Soul, I began a wellness journey to explore different practices that contribute to mental and physical well-being. I met Kyle, creator of Guy Upside Down, who shares a similar interest in lifestyle blogging as I do. After a round of tea, I learned that Kyle is a yoga instructor who teaches all over Boston. I instantly had a collaboration idea that would contribute to my journey, show-off his skills, and help us network in the Boston blogging community.
Fast forward to our event and my first time ever trying yoga! Kyle led our class at Beacon Hill Yoga, a small intimate studio perfect for our purpose. As someone who works out maybe 1-2 times a week, I wasn’t worried about my body’s ability to twist-and-turn into all different shapes; I was, however, nervous about not knowing any of the positions upfront. Kyle began the class with a breathing exercise that really helped to create a calm vibe. As we progressed, the movements became complex and he introduced the perfect playlist to keep our energy up and our moods at peace.
I honestly can’t remember many of the poses we learned except for the cliche downward dog and warrior pose. I was stretching my body in ways I never imagined and it felt great! I was proud of myself for keeping up with the class (with the help of Kyle’s assistance) and really embraced this new form of exercise. My body felt at ease and my mind lost in the clouds; it was magical. To get to this end goal, however, required a lot of patience and having the shakes. My body was definitely tested and I appreciated that.
Tips for your first time:
- Wear comfortable clothing! This is a not a fashion show people, wear what will allow your body to be as flexible as possible.
- Expect to sweat. I didn’t expect this in all honesty and I wore a hoody like an amateur.
- Don’t be intimidated. A great yoga teacher like Kyle will always ensure you are performing movements correctly.
- Don’t be afraid to communicate. If you are looking to get something specific out of yoga, like a focus on lower back pain, share this with your instructor as they may be able to help your focus.
Overall, I really enjoyed my first yoga experience. Will I continue to practice yoga? Maybe. I felt great after but I just didn’t fall in love with it. I’ve never really been a “group workout” kind of guy and this definitely contributed to my disinterest. I think any future yoga practice of mine will occur in the privacy of my home and with a private instructor. I found myself practicing the stretches/poses when my body was feeling tight or my mind a little foggy, so I think it’s worth the effort of learning. I definitely encourage everyone to try yoga at least once and see if it’s right for you. I will say, it’s one of few physical activities that provides immediate results; as I mentioned, I was nearly passed out on my mat come the end.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with yoga and what you think about it! Share below.