That Time I Didn't Hate Yoga

I must be becoming less hateful lately. I’m beginning to like stuff I’ve put years of effort into hating. First, my lifelong hate of strawberries ended two months ago. (I know, I know. Everyone loves strawberries. Pick that chin off the floor.) Now, I might have to take yoga off the list. I’ve tried it a few times and the class either moves too fast and I can’t keep up, or it’s too boring, or the heat is jacked up to something god-awful. I’ve never been a fan.

Last night, I decided to give it another go. I even snapped the old blogger-in-a-car shot for you.

Enough filters cannot be placed on that photo to make it look good. I need to cut bangs to cover up that forehead before someone shows a movie on it.

Anyway, I met my friend K for the Hatha I class at Everything Zen Yoga, which I had a good feeling about because the place is named after a Bush song. I like to base my feelings on arbitrary things.

Mother nature was being a real mother, so this is as close as I got to a good picture.

When I got there, the instructor asked me if I had done yoga before. I told her I had, but found it really boring. She told me, in the nicest way possible, that maybe I wasn’t “ready” for yoga then.

Oh yeah?

The place is small inside but it’s cute and open. There were about 15 people in class which was close to capacity. Being a professional yoga hater, I didn’t have a yoga mat so I had to borrow one from hubs. I dug it out of the deep recesses of our closet and hubs got excited that it was being used for the second time.

When the class started, I was fully prepared to hate on it. The instructor said that she liked to touch people during class and to raise your hand if you don’t want to be touched. I swear, I was the only one who raised their  hand. So awkward.

It turns out, it wasn’t so bad. I really liked the instructor. She was great at describing the poses instead of giving their names and assuming we knew them. If the pose was more difficult, she would demonstrate it beforehand. She also gave alternate options in case someone didn’t feel comfortable doing a particular pose. It was nice to actually be able to understand what to do, keep up, and not feel like a total newbie loser.

Also, lately I’ve been having shoulder pain that started back in Savannah. Once it starts to feel better, I do some type of shoulder exercise in Crossfit that aggravates it. Since my Crossfit workout on Monday, my shoulder has been hurting again and I could swear it felt better all last night after the class.

So overall, I came. I saw. I liked. I’m going to go back again. Smile


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29 responses to “That Time I Didn't Hate Yoga

  1. That’s so funny you think that pic of you is bad – I actually was thinking you and your hair looked awesome in it!

  2. I love this post so much Paula. You look HOT in the obligatory car shot. And I love your opening line. And I love the fact that I also used to hate yoga and feel like a total hypocrite for loving it now. Can we be friends? 😉 LOL

  3. Haha I can totally picture you raising your hand when she asked about being touched (that sounds bad) and then looking around and realizing no one else had their hand up. Thanks for the laugh! Do you just not like to be touched by random people (that sounds bad too) or will you touch/hug people you know? Tell me, I need to understand the inner workings of Paula.

  4. I thought it was a great photo of you and I can’t believe how long your hair has gotten!
    I used to hate strawberries! I’ve only loved them the past couple of years so I get it. 🙂

  5. Ananda R.

    Actually, my very first thought was that it was a really good picture of you! I want to like yoga too, my name is even derived from sanskrit which is the same language as a lot of those yoga poses…. I guess I’m just not ‘ready’ for it either.

  6. Ok, ok, so everyone loves the picture of you. I think you were secretly fishing for compliments. And what of the angry email I received this morning??? 😉

    So the big question is: will you let her touch you next time????

    • Paula

      Definitely not fishing for compliments. I can think of many better ways to do that than posting a picture of my big forehead. Don’t make me come over there. (Or yes, make me come over there.)
      And no to the touching. We will need at least 6 yoga dates to get to first base.

  7. i have to agree with all the commenters and let you know that first picture is a winner. You look 20 and adorable. Yoga has taken years off your life.

  8. Verlin

    I think your forehead looks fabulous. I have fivehead that could display an IMAX movie, so I may be biased, but my first thought on seeing that picture was that you should wear your hair up more! Also, yoga is 50% the teacher rather than the type (to me, anyway). If they have a good voice that puts me in a trance, they can touch me wherever they want. 🙂 The touching is actually usually just an adjustment to correct you, so you might want to “put out” after only 1 or 2 more yoga dates and not play too hard to get.

  9. Ang

    your hair looks great in that pic!

    heh. the first thing I started to type was “can I touch you?” but I realized that it was WAY too creeper.

  10. Since you are giving things a chance….you should watch Grandma’s Boy again. 😉

  11. So since you raised your hand, did she not touch you? I’m anti-strangers-touching-me as well, but I’m also can’t-raise-my-hand-in-a-group-setting paralyzed, so I would have just stood there with a dumb look on my face when she asked the question.*

    • Paula

      Nope, she didn’t touch me. I didn’t see her touch anyone actually, but my head was down half of the time. She did ask me if I was OK at one point, probably because I looked like a pretzel.

  12. Woohoo! This post makes me happy, you know how I feel about yoga. So glad you liked it — now come to my studio to check out a class with me 🙂

  13. I’m glad it worked out! I’m not a huge fan of yoga either, so maybe I need to give it another shot. Time to get your own mat!

  14. Amber K

    I used to love yoga, but I just can’t seem to do it anymore. My mind races and I just spend the whole time thinking about what I’d rather be doing.

    And strawberries are awesome. Glad you came back to the “dark” side. 😉

  15. Okay….you are giving me hope. I WANT to like yoga, but I just get bored. Maybe I have yet to find the right class?

    And I am jumping on the bandwagon and saying I LOVE THE HAIR! Don’t cut the bangs lady….put the scissors down! 🙂

  16. I have to agree with everyone else. That picture is not bad at all! I wish my obligatory car shots came out that well. I wonder if this means that I too could find a way to like yoga. I need a yoga for the ADHD person class.

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