I started a yoga course last week. It has been a few years since I've done a proper yoga class... and that became very apparent half an hour in.
My wrists felt strained, my legs ached, my mind struggled to focus, and I felt light headed from holding the poses. My body was in a state of shock.
My first week was so hard I couldn't even write about it.
Afterwards I felt sore and disappointed that I'd done so badly. I was quite reluctant to go back.
Yesterday I went to my second class carrying that reluctance in with me, and you know what, it was a fantastic class.
My body cooperated, my brain played ball and I relished in the breathing and meditation. I felt strong, energetic and really soothed afterwards.
That's the thing about yoga, your practice can be so different from week to week depending on how your body is feeling and what's going on in your head. The trick is not to push too hard, not to judge it, just to do what you can and take whatever it is you can from each session.
(image via oldtimefriend )