So, question for you all out there….the past eight weeks or so I’ve been taking a Beginning Yoga class. I know that everyone practices at different levels, but I was curious about something. Half the time when I’m practicing yoga, I can’t breathe. Now, I know it takes a lot of practice to get people to the point where they can focus on their breathing and keep their movements on the inhales and exhales, but I have problems breathing pretty much all the time. When I bend over to do monkey pose, or when I’m doing downward dog, in poses where I bend, I have a hard time breathing. Does this happen to anyone else?
For this reason, I find it pretty difficult to practice yoga. I love all the breathing techniques, and corpse pose at the end and beginning. They’re great. But when it comes to poses like the warriors, or side-angle pose, etc. I have a hard time because my feet keep siezing. It’s difficult. It has gotten better recently, but it’s still hard.
I think I’ve been really disappointed about all my struggles with Yoga. I really thought it would be fun and really good. I do feel the benefits afterwards, but while I”m doing it, it’s kind of painful. I just got back from the first class I was able to go to in a few weeks (because I had a crazy academic schedule the past few weeks), and I feel a lot better than I did yesterday. My neck doesn’t hurt like it usually does, I feel more relaxed. I feel good. I just wish that while I was doing it, I would enjoy it more. Instead, I’m always tensing up.
Anyway, just wondered what you all think…