Yoga is supposed to be a relaxing experience when practiced correctly. It is a great form of exercise, promotes flexibility and helps you remember to take deep breaths after a long week. However, there are a few struggles that every yogi must try to overcome. Here are just 10 of the biggest problems I face on the daily when trying to practice:
- Trying to pronounce words like “Utkatasana” or “Ujjayi”
- Holding downward-facing dog as your sweaty palms slide across the front of your yoga mat
No matter what type of yoga you practice, those typically small yoga studios can get hot very quickly. A hand towel is definitely necessary, but when I forget to bring one you can bet my hands are constantly slipping, forcing me to readjust my pose.
- Concentrating on Ujjayi breathing
Concentrating and holding a pose is hard enough after stepping away from the office, but concentrating on practicing a specific type of breathing just adds to the intensity of focus you have to perform. Because we don’t normally concentrate on how we breathe, this is a bit harder to get used to.
- Stepping away from your phone
In the professional world, stepping away from your phone for more than five minutes could be detrimental. Not to mention the slight chance that you could miss an important call from friends or family. Being able to shut your phone off and tune out of the millennial-technology craze can be one of the hardest things to do.
- Trying to find a spot in a crowded class
You rolled out of bed at 7:30 a.m. for this and you’re not about to drive all the way back home. You’re then forced to squeeze between two strangers and try to avoid hitting their arms as you swan dive.
- Wanting to get the full experience by taking your socks and shoes off, while simultaneously fearing bare feet in a public place
Even if you use your own mat, the thought of having your bare feet touch the floor that thousands of other feet have touched can be a bit disturbing.
- Having a bun or a pony tail flop onto your face every time you bend over
… And then having to push the hair out of your face or try to blow the loose strands out of your mouth.
- Having a t-shirt raise up as you bend over
…And therefore flashing everyone in the room.
- Avoiding the expensive juice bar on your way out of the gym
After doing yoga I’m not only thirsty but I feel so much healthier. It takes a lot of effort to pass up the $10 kale and protein smoothie on the way out the door, but my wallet is happier at the end of the day.
- Trying to find leggings that don’t have see-through material
We all know women who wear see-through leggings and we cringe when we have to watch them unknowingly bend over, allowing us to see exactly what type of underwear they have on.
Do you face similar struggles when you practice? Let me know in the comments below!