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15 Little Struggles Only Yoga People Understand

15 Little Struggles Only Yoga People Understand

Yoga is an excellent form of exercise for both mind and body, and it has quickly made its way into popular culture. Serious yoga practice requires some lifestyle changes and the road to mastery is a difficult one. Even though it is a fulfilling experience that will lead to improved health and cognitive abilities, there are plenty of little struggles that yoga practitioners have to face on their journey.

1. They freeze in terror for a moment if they hear a cracking sound when twisting into Matsyendrasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana is difficult enough for most people, but once you master it you get a little overconfident and start pushing it. There’s a terrifying moment of silence when you are twisting your spine and hear a loud crack, only to discover that it didn’t come from you and breathing a sigh of relief. It makes you take things a bit more slowly next time.

2. They try not to get distracted by the hottie in the front row

Girl looking at a guy

    Most people that go to yoga classes are fairly mature adults and we are all there to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. Yet, sometimes you fall victim to your primal urges and just can’t stop checking out that cute guy or girl as they bend and stretch in front of you.

    3. They hope that their arms don’t give out during the handstand pose

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    Handstand fail

      Nothing feels quite as satisfying as getting a hang of a difficult pose for the first time. However, when doing a handstand in the middle of the room the first few times, you quickly end up begging your arms to hold on tight and not let your face slam into the floor.

      4. They get frustrated when they just can’t settle down during meditation

      When you’re a beginner it is difficult to sit down, calm your mind and focus during meditation, but even when you become somewhat advanced your mind can still turn against you. We all have bad days, and sometimes that inner voice and the sensation of discomfort can get the best of you. It’s then that you start feeling like a restless little child again.

      5. They sometimes rip their yoga pants while bending over in Uttanasana

      Ripped pants

        While you try to be prepared and shop for good yoga clothes, sometimes you get stuck with an old pair of pants or shorts that isn’t all that stretchy or has seen a lot of wear and tear – you bend over to touch your toes and they just rip. It happens and you can only laugh it off and start bringing an extra pair from then on.

        6. They get embarrassed when they release a hearty belch after Uddiyana Bandha

        Uddiyana Bandha is the only asana that really stretches out the diaphragm. This is normally a good thing, but sometimes all that stretching out can cause you to let out a long and loud burp that shakes the walls. It is a natural thing, but it doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.

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        7. They get weird looks from people when they do yoga in the park

        Dissaproving look

          Doing yoga out in nature really feels great as you get some sun on your skin and fresh air, but even early in the morning there are people running through the park or walking their dog, and the look on their face when they see you bending like a pretzel is truly priceless. It can be distracting at times, but you have to learn to live with it.

          8. They try not to sweat all over their partner on a particularly hot day

          It’s good to have someone to practice with and partner work can be great fun as well as beneficial, but you’ll often find yourself worrying about dripping sweat all over your partner and you end up making a few awkward pauses in the middle of the session, so you can grab your towel real quick.

          9. They doze off while doing Upavistha Konasana and their legs cramp up

          Opening the hips

            Most people will fall asleep during Savasana, but sometimes you’re just so tired that you can end up dozing off in the strangest of positions. After a short nap in Upavistha Konasana, your legs get cramped up and it feels like you will be stuck in that pose forever.

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            10. They feel like a clumsy kid when they slip on a wet yoga mat

            Even though a lot of people associate yoga with relaxation, it can actually make you work up quite a sweat. Your feet get sweaty, the mat gets wet and before you know it you’ve slipped and fallen flat on the ground. Going to a few Judo classes to learn some breakfalls might be a good idea at this point.

            11. They almost fall down when they stand up too quickly after a headstand

            You get started, lift your legs up and manage to get your balance in check, standing upside down for several minutes before graciously lowering your legs back down. Then instead of waiting a while for your blood flow to adjust, you shoot up and get dizzy and wobbly. At least you’ll definitely remember to wait a while next time.

            12. They get startled by random noises when they meditate

            STartled cat

              Meditation can bring you into a state of calmness and allow you to disengage from the mundane world for a while. However, being incredibly calm and focused means that a sudden loud noise will have you jumping off the floor like a startled cat.

              13. They pray to the heavens that they don’t fart as they bend and twist

              Things are rarely ideal in life and a lot of the times it’s all about making the best out of a bad situation. This is particularly true in those moments when you feel your stomach rumbling as you bend and twist your body. You can’t just stop dead in your tracks and leave the class, but you don’t want fart in front of everyone either.

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              14. They stand next to a person who has put a ton of deodorant on, but is not fooling anyone

              You will get sweaty in class and some people just have stronger body odor than others, but the worst offenders are the ones who try to mask it by spraying a ton of deodorant on, thus creating an unholy and potent mixture that fills up the entire room – and you’re left standing right at the source.

              15. They try to do pranayama with a stuffy nose

              stuffy nose

                Even if you take excellent care of your health you’ll sometimes have a stuffy nose that makes it hard to breathe. Trying to do breathing exercises in this condition will end in disaster, but you go ahead and try it anyway. It’s loud and it sounds weird, but hey, you’re there to practice and nothing will stand in your way.

                I’m sure that there are many more little gems like these that other yoga people will think off, and they are just a necessary part of improving, small distractions that we can look back on and laugh.

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                Ivan Dimitrijevic

                Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                Boundaries are limits

                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                • When do you feel disrespected?
                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                • When do you want to be alone?
                • How much space do you need?

                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                Sample language:

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                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                Final Thoughts

                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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