For the past few months I’ve been doing yoga. Saturday mornings, for one-hour and fifteen minutes. It’s not the intense, leave-you-all-sweaty type of yoga, but rather we focus on precision to improve balance, strength, and flexibility. So we hold poses for a lot longer than in “flow” class.
So far, I like it. I haven’t missed a class and I look forward to it. But I am the worse student. No, I’m not just saying that. I really am. I have a spot reserved for me at the wall because I can’t do any of the balance poses without falling. That includes the very simple mountain pose. I can hold it for about five or seven seconds before I stumble backwards or to the side. I try not to feel self-conscious about it, and the instructors have always been very compassionate and understanding, but I do have to say that it makes me feel embarrassed in front of the other students. Most are much older than I am, and I know that they have to be at least a little curious why such a young adult (and I look younger than I am) needs so much help doing such basic things.
Part of my problems are no doubt to my abnormal neurology (I am no longer using the word “deteriorating”). But I think a lot of it is due to poor attention (I’m always having to look at what the other people are doing because I unintentionally tune out when the instructor is demonstrating a move…like a big dummy). Also, there’s just the lack of experience. Yoga is hard even for people who have been doing it a long time.
I should really take another class. There’s another one on Mondays that I could take. But…(I usually try not to sound so whiny, but here goes), I’m scared. I’m already feel embarrassed in my other class, feeling as they I am hogging too much of the teacher’s time. I don’t think my fragile ego could take another helping of this. But it’s a conundrum because I know I need to take another class to really see some improvements. Right now, as much as I like the experience, I have not seen any. In fact, every time I go into the studio, I’m only reminded how messed up my mind-body connection is.
I do some practice at home. But I can’t trust myself to know that I’m positioning myself correctly at this time, being such a newbie.
Private lessons from the instructors are so expensive that I do not think I could take them for longer than a couple of months.
For yoga-involved Dopers, how long did it take for you to build up confidence in your own abilities? How many classes do you take every week? Perhaps I’m wishing for improvement in something that naturally takes a while to develop, and I’m being impatient? I have no idea.