The accidental yogi
The dog ate my yoga mat
As I sit here typing, I should be in yoga class. I know I should be in yoga class, I WANT to be in yoga class, but I can’t go to yoga class, because I’ve got to write this blog about, well, yoga class!
And as I type, I can hear Sebastien’s voice in my head. “Excuses.”
But I DO have to write my blog and I DO want to be in class but I CAN’T do them both at the same time! You see my problem?
And before the blog deadline, there was my cat. She was at the vet. I couldn’t leave her alone at home as she was woozy from some anaesthesia. Then there was the interview that I couldn’t reschedule as it was the only time my client could meet me. And there was a doctor’s appointment. And the day I had to pick my friend up from the airport. The time I ‘accidentally’ had a glass of cava with lunch and didn’t think I should practice afterward. The days my yoga gear was in the wash. And that day I worked for 12 hours straight.
Cue Sebastien. “Excuses. They’re all just excuses.”
It’s not always in my control, I swear. There was the day I had a photoshoot on the beach and I was just so physically exhausted from carrying big bags of clothes and bags up and down the dry sand all day. That time I had a headache from too much stress. Oh, and the time I was so weak from doing a juice detox I didn’t think it was safe for me to practice. The time I lost my car keys in my messy house. I had a terrible nights sleep and needed an extra hour in bed. And of course, every girl’s fallback excuse, there are those days when I have excruciating period pain.
“Just come to class. Yoga will make it all better.” Yes, thank you Sebastien.
The thing is, I know he’s right. Because on the days when I do make it to class, everything else just slips away. The headaches dissipate, the stress is forgotten about, the aches and pains are actually eased and I feel totally re-energised. If I do a night class, I sleep like a baby. If I do a morning class, I feel ready to tackle the world, no matter what it throws at me, in the hours ahead.
But no matter how hard I try right now, I just can’t seem to get myself to class more than twice a week. I don’t see a huge difference in my body since I started practice – sure, I see a little, and I obviously feel much better for practicing, but when will I get my muscly little yogi arms? Why don’t I have a flat taut stomach from working my core? Why don’t I have the strength to change the water cooler bottle in the office by myself? Where’s my zen at?
“Come to practice. Every day.” It’s like having my own personal Yoda.
Again, I know he’s right. Two classes a week is better than none of course, but to experience the full benefits of a practice, I know I need to go at least four times a week. Or five. Or even seven. I do listen to my teacher after all. I also do my research (I am a journalist after all!) and I know there’s no ‘Yoga for Dummies’ or any quick Instagram tip that can help you get into side crow faster.
Two classes a week does not a yogi make.
So as I enter my third month of practice, I vow to make yoga more of a priority in my life. I am fortunate enough to have a job that allows me flexibility (see what I did there?) to practice whenever I like (having a yogi boss helps too!) so I feel a bit foolish not to use this to my advantage. I have entered all my preferred classes into my diary, so I can avoid double booking myself with client, vet, doctor, waxing or any other appointments. Yoga, you and I are going to be best friends.
Now all I have to do is get to class!