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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