Do You Have a Backbend in Your Yoga Practice?

Lessons Learned from a Recent Yoga Experience

By: Sandy Swanson

I have been “gym-less” for about six months, thinking I could devise a workout schedule on my own combing the fitness center in my condo with the high school track next door, and the great outdoors.

Well, it didn’t work. So, I decided to investigate local health clubs, selecting one that offers a variety of strength and cardio classes. I found one a few minutes from my house that seemed to meet my criteria, so I signed up for a seven-day pass.

Knowing I had a limited time to try a variety of classes, I intended to make full use of the trial to make my membership decision. On Saturday I went to a spinning class, and that was awesome. On Sunday, my only two class options were spinning class or yoga. I have never been much of a yoga fan, but I didn’t want to do spinning again, so I gave yoga a try.

I can count on both hands how many times I have been to a yoga class, and the last time was three years ago. I don’t know why I thought attending a 90-minute class with limited experience was a good idea, but it seemed so at the time. That’s where my grand plan went awry.

Ten minutes into the class, the error of my ways started to show full force. We kept doing the same movement over, and over, and over… (I think the technical term is called a vinyasa). I wanted to leave, but my pride would not allow it. To add insult to injury, the instructor kept coming over to re-adjust my body to get the correct form. Oh, and did I mention there were only four other people in the class? I couldn’t blend in. So, I stuck with it.

My favorite part was 45 minutes into the class, when the instructor announced that we were going to do backbends. He turned to me in all seriousness and asked, “Do you have a backbend in your yoga practice?” I wanted to be a wise gal and ask him, “What do you think?” Instead, I just said, “No.” Then he suggested an alternate pose.

Afterwards, the instructor came over to me. I thought he was going to gently tell me not to come back. But instead he was very nice and welcomed me back if I wanted to stick with it. I kindly told him thanks, but I don’t think yoga is really my thing.

I’m happy to report that a turbo kickboxing class on Tuesday evening and another successful spinning class on Wednesday restored my resolve, and I joined the gym as a permanent member today.

I don’t regret my yoga experience. It taught me a few important reminders about myself that also apply to business.

  1. Don’t be afraid to experiment. In other words, take risks. OK, so yoga didn’t work out, but now I know for sure so I can try other things. As it happens, I found a really fun aerobic class that I enjoyed and am anxious to add it to my workout schedule on a regular basis.
  2. Don’t be afraid to seek outside help. I realized that I was not able to reach my fitness goals on my own, so I sought outside expertise to help me.
  3. Find the humor or good in difficult situations. I still get a smile on my face when I think about his question about the backbend.

In summary, don’t be afraid to enlist outside resources for your personal or professional life or organization. Sometimes we can’t do it alone, but there are specialists out there to help. Also, try new things—it may not turn out be your cup of tea, but you might also just luck out. Finally, try to find the good with the bad. A difficult situation might just be your next favorite story to tell.

©OrangeBoy, Inc. 2012

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