That’s the amount of logged activities when I set the filter in Strava on YOGA.
I have been doing yoga every now and then, but it took me long until I took it more serious and wanted to really get into it.
First log: 16. Feb 2016 Frankfurt.
This first log was a session in my old gym. Still not very found of gym yoga. Feb 2016 I was training with my personal trainer Greg. Yoga had by far not yet the importance to me. But this was also the time when I met Christian the physiotherapist who told me to get my muscles longer to be a more successful cyclist.
2nd log: 22. Feb 2016 Yoga with Alex.
Alex, a yoga teacher herself now, took me to her Yoga Studio in Frankfurt. Stephan is great. He helped me to ease into yoga. I feel like yoga in a gym is so performance oriented. Just by the whole gym culture. Who can lift more, who runs faster, and don’t tell me you haven’t glimpsed over to check who got more weights on or who burned more calories…
But yoga is a practice. It does not matter if you get your leg up higher than the person on the mat next to you. Going to a studio and practicing in a smaller group with an eye on technique and not on gained muscles, was the start of my yoga journey.
3rd and 4th log: two more Yoga sessions in Frankfurt before my move to Copenhagen.
Followed by 5 yoga sessions in April and May. The first studio I tried in Copenhagen was not the best match and then came summer. Yoga was not part of my life yet, so it didn’t get high up on my priority list.
But the Scandinavian winter was coming and I needed warmth and energy to survive that. I wanted to try a new studio.
10th log: Yoga in Danish.
What the fuck am I doing here. I felt super rusty, this downward facing dog is killing me, I do not understand a word… Savasana, I made it. I am lying in this warm room, full of energy and love and I new it will help me to survive the winter. I wanted to make this a routine… and 72 logs later I am writing this post before my morning yoga session.
Why this post? Yesterday I saw 2 new girls in the studio. Struggling to keep up with the pace, mixing up left and right arms etc. I remember, that I was the same. I still fall every now and then because I loose my balance. But I didn’t give up. If the first session sucks, don’t say yoga isn’t for you. Find the right studio and teacher. You will grow together and after maybe 82 or more logs you will understand the beauty and make it a habit that will change your life.