My first yoga class
Whatever fears you may have going into your first yoga class, don’t worry… Tina McAra has been there, done it, and lived to tell the tale
I have my yoga mat and blanket in the back of the car, that’s all the advert said I needed to bring (I’m looking forward to the blanket bit). I’m wearing new leggings, they are a kind of jungle camouflage. With any luck they will camouflage all the unsightly lumps and bumps – they are tight, they are ‘4-way stretch’ (blimey, I hope that doesn’t mean I have to stretch four ways?).
On the subject of leggings, should I wear pants? I’m in my fifties and have never been anywhere without my knickers on! I’ve decided to wear my big M&S pants; I hope that the camouflage will hide any tell-tale elastic.
I’m wearing my old trainers, I don’t want to look like I’ve ‘got all the gear but no idea’. I think that I’ll have to take them off anyway…oh no I should have probably got a pedicure! One last look in the rear-view mirror to check my lipstick – do you wear lipstick to a yoga class? Lipstick is a bit like knickers, I never go out without wearing both!
I hoick up my yoga bra straps. As a larger busted lady I haven’t been able to find a yoga bra that fits properly, but I don’t know if you can just wear a normal one? Can you wear just a yoga bra? Or should you wear something over it? Again, I’ve never been out in just a bra.
So, I have knickers, lipstick and bra – I’m ready!
What will they all think of me? Although I’m fairly slim and petite I’ve never really done any exercise. Will they all laugh at me?
Oh, I nearly forgot my water bottle. If I take my water bottle I can pretend that I’m ‘rehydrating’ if I need a bit of a break.
Well, that was really lovely, especially the blanket bit. I found out that when you all have your bums in the air in ‘downward dog’ you can’t see anyone else; that obviously means they can’t see you either.
In fact, I can’t actually remember looking at anyone other than the instructor. I didn’t notice if anyone was wearing knickers, lipstick or a bra, I was too busy concentrating on myself and what I was doing.
I didn’t get all the poses correct: my ‘tree’ was blowing in the wind, I was very tempted to moo in ‘cat/cow’ and I’m not sure that ‘mountain’ is a particularly well-named pose. But, I enjoyed it, all the same. I’m feeling calm, serene and stretched.
Will I be going back next week? Absolutely!
Tina McAra is the yarn half of yoga-and-yarn.co.uk