My first yoga class was in 2008 or 2009 whilst I was studying in Newport. I didn't know much about yoga, but I went along with a few friends as I wanted to do more exercise.
So the woman calls out the poses, none of which I know and I'm finding it difficult to copy her and everyone else. When I get nervous this affects my concentration more as my brain is focusing on panicking more than realising where my limbs should be. She keeps coming round to me and correcting me. At the time it just made me feel useless and I wanted to walk out. I understand that she was correcting me so that I didn't hurt myself and to get the full benefit of it, but my confidence was so low at this point that I just felt stupid.
I didn't do yoga again until after I started to look after myself more around my Your Mind & Body Is All That You've Got phase. I had waited until I moved away from a main road until I started running and I would only do it at night as I didn't want lots of people to see me looking unfit. After a while my knees started to play up so I started yoga to help with that. I began by doing it at home by following videos on YouTube so that I could learn the poses and feel comfortable as no one was watching me. I later felt ready to go to classes and this time when I was corrected I appreciated it as I wanted to do things properly.
I later switched to boot camp exercises and then pilates and then a mix of both, but for the last month I have been getting back into yoga. I'd been tired a lot and just wanted to stretch out my body. I find the more that I do yoga the more I realise that my body needs it and the time to stretch out. I just need to remember to do the breathing more as it does help and makes me feel more ready to face the day...