As the yoga industry gains momentum, I receive frequent inquiries from new students interested in taking a class. In addition to logistics and scheduling, they often ask what they should be prepared for. My stripped down answer for them is something like, “Wear comfortable clothes, bring your yoga mat, some water, a small towel, and be ready to move your body and sweat!” In most cases, that’s all a student really needs to know.
However, seasoned practitioners will be the first to tell you that there are a gazillion nitty gritty questions that arise once you’re on your yoga mat. And trust me, they’re often not nearly as yogic as one would like.
A few weeks ago before class, my students and I had some laughs discussing the “un-yogic” stuff that runs through our brains, while actively trying to keep our mind calm and quiet throughout practice... Here’s a few I thought I’d share!
Are these yoga pants any good?
These days, there are more yoga clothing companies than there are stars in the sky. It’s wonderful that we finally have so many options, but it can make the decision process difficult; not all yoga pants are created equal. What’s even harder is that we often don’t realize whether or not a pair of pants will work until we practice in them. Is the waistband too tight, accentuating my muffin top? Do the pants slowly shimmy south throughout practice, leaving my thong exposed? Can the person behind me see my butt crack during vinyasas? Oh my god, did the seam of my crotch just rip?
Underwear or no underwear?
Ahhhh yes, the underwear dilemma... What’s better, boy shorts, bikini briefs, or g-string? Or how about going commando? Keep in mind, those fancy new yoga pants you just bought might not be opaque in down dog, which means your lady-bits could be in full view if you skip the skivvies. And do people still wear g-strings?
What should I do with my hair?
Just put it in a ponytail or top knot, right? That’s fine until you get sweaty and your ponytail is sticking to your face. Chakrasana with a bun? Not so much. I once tried to wear my hair down while in Miami Beach practicing with Sharath... It was a disaster. I finished class looking like Cosmo Kramer meets Boober from Fraggle Rock. Not cute.
Are my boobs popping out of my bra?
The inevitable yoga nip-slip. It happens. Suddenly you look down and notice that your breast is almost entirely exposed, and it’s possible that it’s been that way for quite some time and no-one said anything. WTF?
Geez, my toes are gnarly!
When you realize that you haven’t clipped your toenails, or gotten a pedicure, or washed your feet in like a week.
Oh shit, did I forget to shave?
Need I say more?
How on earth did my deodorant get all over my yoga pants?
I mean, honestly, how does this happen!?!?! How did deodorant from under my armpit get on my ankle? By the end of Primary Series, my black yoga pants are so covered in deodorant that I look like a zebra. Some teachers believe that you shouldn’t ever be wearing deodorant in class. By the time I finish practicing, my pants are a dead giveaway of my deodorant transgression.
Moral of the story—you can never fully prepare yourself for what this practice will bring. And as much as you try to quiet your mind, you’ll sometimes find yourself wondering whether or not you’re accidentally full-mooning the student behind you. It’s all part of the process. Just go with it. 😉
Anyone else deal with this stuff? I’d love to hear!