Beginning to love yoga

When I first heard we’d be doing yoga on SomaPnevmaRetreat, I wasn’t quite so happy. When I heard we’d even do it twice a day, my stomach clenched and I started planning on how I could skip the lessons without hurting the teacher. You can find the full programme here – as you see Yoga was a big part of the retreat.

But then I decided to give yoga another chance. I had tried yoga three times before and failed completely (you can find the blogpost here!) but doing yoga by the pool, looking over the Mediterranean sea and listening to the birds first thing in the morning sounded quite alright, I have to admit that.

So everything began on Monday morning at 7:30 – and that’s when our yoga teacher (Suzanne from Portugal) lifted a lot of weight off my heart. She explained that being a Roman Catholic she doesn’t believe in yoga mantras and is more of a flexibility teacher than a yogi. We would concentrate on flexibility and strength rather than meditation and all that fuss (I never really got that “breathe into your toes and feel how heavy they get”-thingy).


We started every lesson by warming up with the sun salutation flow and then the next steps became harder and harder with every lesson. We did twists, shoulder stands (oh some of the gang died doing this), different twists in the warrior pose, and even the bridge! My favourite lesson was when we got stretching bands to kind of stretch into the splits – well, I don’t need a band for that! 😉

No, seriously! What I loved about these classes were the fact that they were actually physically challenging! Of course we had some breathing exercises as well during which I thought about just getting up and walking away, but then again they were so few that I managed to get through them. And I even gave my best doing so! I’m quite sure I won’t do those at home even though Suzanne encouraged us to… sorry!

Anything else to mention? Oh, yes! We learned the Five Tibetans. They are a handful of simple but hard exercises that can be performed in less than ten minutes and they are said to be over 2000 years old. Read more about them here. The thing is, I will try to continue doing them! YES, Lottie will try to continue doing yoga!



So, what can I say now? I have discovered that stretching yoga is really my thing. The harder, the better. And I actually like it. I only missed two of the 12 yoga classes, and that’s because they were so early and I was so sleepy during the first few days, apart from that I absolutely looked forward to it!

What about you? Do you like yoga? If so, which kind? Tell me your experiences!


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  1. Lisa
    13/06/2016 / 22:36

    Great post lovely! And those pictures😍 I’m really jealous you got to go there! I wish I could go too but I’ll have to wait a few years until I earn money🙈 but this sounds awesome! I’m just trying different types of yoga this week because one local studio had a special offer so I thought I’d give it a go! But yes I’m more the stretching- and hard and strenous balance/strength exercises-type of girl either 😉

    • 22/06/2016 / 13:17

      Oh thank you so so so much! I am REALLY into Yoga now – trying to learn the paradise bird now! It’s so hard and you need flexibility too! Exactly my kind of thing!

  2. 07/06/2016 / 14:22

    Der Beitrag ist so super! Kann dich sooo gut verstehen! Ich muss sagen, als ich das erste Mal Yoga ausprobiert hatte, war das eine Stunde bei der man sich auch auf das Ganze “atmen, in den Körper fühlen etc.” konzentriert hat und ich fand es schrecklich! Bekam innerlich Agressionen haha :-) aaaber dann hatte ich es mal wieder probiert und da wars komplett anders! Körperlich total anstrengend. Leieer war dann keine Zeit mehr vor der Reise zu üben, aber danach möcht ich es unbedingt öfter ausprobieren und Klassen besuchen :-)
    Liebe Grüße aus Borneo,

  3. Anne
    06/06/2016 / 15:45

    Hey Lottie,

    can you recommend some youtube yoga workouts? Or whats your yoga routine? I would welcome more posts about yoga :)

    • 22/06/2016 / 13:24

      Hi! Du bist deutsch oder? Dann such mal auf Youtube nach Mady Morrison! Ich habe sie letztes Wochenende kennengelernt und finde sie und ihre Art toll! Ich selber mache zuhause vor allem härtere Übungen/Flows – den Paradiesvogel zum Beispiel. Und natürlich die erwähnten Five Tibetans. Dazu kommt aber noch ein Post!

  4. 04/06/2016 / 15:52

    I’ve never gotten so not yoga, I hate the breathing. I probably need more of it. I actually had a panic attack during a class.

  5. bkirilova
    03/06/2016 / 14:41

    Great post! Amazing pictures! I love yoga. Yoga brings more balance and peace to my busy life.

    Love from Vienna
    Borislava from