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Yo, Guess What… I Don’t Like Yoga

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Wellness world suicide? Yes? No?

 

When did we get so caught up in what the hell everybody else was doing?

 

Whilst upside down in downward dog, I had an epiphany…I don’t like Yoga, shaking my booty, yes, Yoga, a resounding no. Yet I get my arse on the mat to push myself through something I don’t enjoy and if I am honest, it is because I feel like I should. Not that I should for my health (which would be a much more valid response) but because it is what everyone I love and respect in the blog-esphere says is good for me, physically & spiritually. (Read: everyone else is doing it & therefore so should I).

 

When did I stop listening to myself and what I enjoy? When did I become such a follower?

 

I really should change the title I suppose; see I don’t, not like Yoga. (What woman? You are making no sense!) I love watching it, I am marvelled that the human body can contort in such beautiful ways, make stunning shapes and show so much graceful strength. I love the idea of Yoga, it is just that when I do a class myself I don’t enjoy it at all. I clock watch. I wish it was over, not because my body is tired but because I am bored. I would rather watch the gorgeous person next to me!

 

But why?

 

A friend raised the question ever so gently, could it be because of my new found fleshy body? Is it getting in the way of being bendy? I had a serious think about that, maybe… but I don’t really think so. I don’t know if there was ever a time I REALLY loved it, I did it, but why?

 

I do love stretching, just not the class part! I don’t feel the mind/body connection I have heard so much about in this setting, the connection with the breath, for me doesn’t happen, maybe for that reason I am one of those people who truly NEEDS Yoga, for what we resist persists and what we struggle with is what we truly need?

 

For now though, I say No.

 

So, I will own it; I don’t like Yoga. One day soon I may love it again, but until that day I will simply stretch, relax and rejuvenate in the ways that truly light me up, because surely that is a better solution anyway.

 

 

 

I would love to hear your thoughts, is there something you feel you ‘should’ do that you don’t really like, but do it anyway?

 

Much love, em x

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    Mel
    May 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I’ve actually been thinking about this recently, but from the opposite perspective – I didn’t like yoga (hated it in fact) but now I do. What’s changed? I think for me it’s because I’m much more willing to slow down and be relaxed than I was before. The slow pace of yoga used to drive me insane, but now I find it nice to take that time out. I don’t think that’s the reason you now don’t like yoga, but just thought I’d share my view 🙂 x

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      Emma
      May 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      I love that!
      You are right, that isn’t my issue with it now, but I love that you are now more willing to slow down! Thanks for sharing beautiful x

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    Star
    May 28, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Ah honey I LOVE that you wrote this!! My journey with yoga has been going for 23 years and it has ebbed and flowed, evolved and turned itself upside down – my practise that is, not me (well once upon a time I did!)
    Anyway, now it is all about deep rest for me so my practise reflects this in it’s restorative nature.
    I would LOVE to see you at one of my deep rest classes and maybe, just maybe you might like it! 🙂 xx

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    Katie
    May 28, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Love this Emma. I think we all get so “wrapped up” in what others are doing and feel we must do it too. It’s like meditation. Yes, it is something I love, but I can only imagine that those who just can’t get into it, find it a little annoying that I bang on about it so much! Yoga seems to be “the thing” of the moment. And the thing is really – we don’t all have to love the same stuff! That makes us a very crowded and way-too-similar bunch! And a little boring I think too. Do what makes you feel good and you enjoy – not because everyone else is. But because it lights you up! xx

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      Emma
      June 1, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      So nice to see you here Katie! Thank you so much and you can bang on about meditation to me any time!x

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    Christina
    May 29, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I love this! This is exactly how I feel about coconut oil. I understand all the wonderful benefits of eating and using coconut oil and would keep trying over and over again to include it in my diet or use it on my skin. The thing is though, I can’t stand the taste or smell of it! Coconut as a food is fine, but the oil is just not for me. Even though it is “all the rage” to use it for everything, it was such a relief to realise actually I hate it and thats ok.

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      Emma
      May 29, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Thanks so much Christina, I love this! Another one I you just reminded me of is Coconut Water! Can’t stand it! xx

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    Karin - Calm to Conniption
    June 1, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I quite like yoga but maybe I don’t do it enough to really say I like it. Exercise on a whole has made a change in me. I used to have to force myself out the door, now I get all skittish if I haven’t put my running/walking shoes on in a couple of days. It’s nice.

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      Emma
      June 1, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      I hope I get to that stage soon Karin! Thanks for popping by x

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    Erica Enriquez-Clemente
    June 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Great post! I love your honesty. I understand where you’re coming from. My yoga practice has been hit and miss, and while I do like it, I do it on my own terms. I will never be flexible enough that my yoga prowess will lead me to a career with Cirque du Soleil and I’m ok with that 🙂 I also really hate how some people use yoga as a form of competition, when its origins were in self-reflection and inner peace.

    I really admire how truthful you are in this post, and I agree with you, anything you do should resonate with YOU!

    Have a great day,
    Erica
    🙂

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      Emma
      June 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you so much Erica x

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    Vanessa
    June 1, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Good on you for realising you don’t like it. I have friends who love gym classes and can’t accept that I just don’t like them and don’t want to do them.

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      Emma
      June 1, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Ahhhh, those people! We are all so different and I love it! P.S I am with you on the gym classes, give me a walk outside any day! x

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    Bronnie - Maid In Australia
    June 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Here’s the thing: I love MOST of yoga. But there are certain moves I hate. One is downward dog. And we seem to do a lot of downward dogs and variations on downward dogs, include a one-armed one where you grab one of your legs with one arm. Despite all my good thoughts and breathing, I find myself swearing internally whenever I do that one thinking: “I fucking hate downward dog’. Seriously, if someone made me a singlet or t-shirt, I would wear it. I also hate the whole salute to the sun sequence, and doing it over and over. I have done yoga for years and it has saved my sanity and I know these poses are necessary. But whenever I get to these parts, I just lose my inner peace. Glad to know I’m not alone. My favourite part is the meditation at the end. Bliss.

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      Bronnie - Maid In Australia
      June 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      PS sorry for swearing. Not sure if it’s allowed. New here, found you via Blog Chicks x

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        Emma
        June 1, 2015 at 10:21 pm

        Swearing is totally fine for effect here sweetheart! x

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    Trish
    June 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I went to 2 different yoga (& yogalates) classes this last week. Meh – I love the idea of stetching and re gaining my lost balance and finding my core in my soft marshmallow middle.
    Maybe it will grow on me – I much prefer weighs.

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      Emma
      June 1, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      I say go with what feels good Trish. Big love x

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    Radhika - Fulltime Nomad
    June 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Very well said, Emma. I am a yoga lover but you know what I hate? Running. After years of trying to make myself like it because you know, I should do it because it’s good for me apparently…I’ve decided.. F it. I like exercising and running was ruining the enjoyment of it for me so I’ve decided to give up on it. There are plenty of better things to do with my exercise time (and life!)

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      Emma
      June 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Yes Radhika! So true, thanks for the love x

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    shannon - my2morrows
    June 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Good on you for listening to your inner voice. Gotta do more of what makes us happy.
    i feel this way about running. I just can’t love it no matter how much I want to or try to. Its just not for me.
    xx
    ps. Found you via BE&BH x

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      Emma
      June 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Nice to see you here Shannon! I Loooove BEBH!! x

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    Rachel
    June 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Refreshing! Love this. Thanks for being real. x

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      Emma
      June 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      You are so welcome Rachel, thanks for stopping by x

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    Claire Baker
    June 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Quite the conversation you’ve stirred up, lady! Curiosity, awareness and honesty for the WIN x

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      Emma
      June 3, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      The ones I am afraid of posting are always the best! There is something to learn from that I am sure 😉 x

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    Alex
    June 3, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I have to force myself to go to classes and it’s because I feel like I should… Although saying that I’m terrible at stretching after excercise so I feel like my one hour a week at yoga makes up for it. Oh and the savasana I loooove the savasana xx

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    Katherine
    June 4, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Good on you for owning it, Emma! I really struggled with meditation last year because I was only doing it because ‘everyone else was and I thought I should’. Then I stopped. Then this year, for no real reason, I started meditating for the love of it. The REAL love, not the ‘should’ love. It’s so important to just own it and do your own thing, I’m sure of it!

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    Tiffany
    June 5, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I love the title of this! So funny! I can totally relate though. I do like yoga, but there are other things that are popular that just aren’t my thing…like kale. Why must kale be in everything now?!? I don’t like kale chips. I don’t like kale salad. I don’t like cooked kale. But, it’s so popular so I think I should. Thanks for giving us permission to opt out!

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    Chloe | One Infinite Life
    September 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I love yoga, but I this post Em! What I love about it is your honesty about totally owning that you don’t like yoga. And what an amazing conversation that it has provoked in the comments. It seems like a lot of people have something they don’t like that a lot of people seem to love. Super interesting stuff! xo

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    Sara
    November 23, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Yes I injured myself teaching yoga. As I learned more about it I saw how dangerous some of the moves were. I now stay away from Yoga. I also don’t like its spiritual roots. I teach Active Isolated Stretch invented by a physical therapist and it has sound principles in stretching. Yoga is very old practice and some of the moves contraindicative. I believe we have become smarter about our bodies and movement patterns through the years. I would rather take stretching advice from someone who has a systematic approach to how the body moves.

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