I've done a beginners course before at another studio, several years ago now. It was also Ashtanga yoga which is a harder form of yoga, in comparison with Hatha yoga, but I really enjoyed it. So we'd been talking about doing a class all of last year and we bit the bullet and signed up.
We are now three weeks in and O.M.G. it is so hard. In my last course we learnt the first sun salutation, skimmed the second and then worked on some of the finishing movements. This course, we worked on the first sun salutation the first two classes and began the second sun salutation in class three... I thought I was doing quite well up until that fricking warrior pose. I'm just too fat for it and not flexible enough yet - don't get me wrong I've been getting more flexible each week but holy crap, that class was so hard!
Already exhausted and burning from the first sun salutation with it's five repitions and then you have to do five reps of the second sun salutation... and it requires you to essentially re-do the first sun salutation but clamber out of downward facing dog into a lunge (which is warrior pose), then back down (a press-up essentially) then back into downward facing dog, back up into another lunge, then back down again, back into downward facing dog for five breaths - I tell you, five breaths have never come so quickly in my life! Then clamber back up to finish the pose - please repeat five times.
I was dying, no joke. I eventually ended up lying on my stomach with my head on the floor. The teacher looked over and said, "it's ok, this pose will cause you to get out of breath" - OUT OF BREATH?! I was out of breath on the first set of reps, the second I am done!
So yeah... yoga is going well.
Then they gave us a "cheat sheet" which essentially shows us what else we'll be learning. I wish they hadn't. Not only has the second sun salutation been taken out of the course structure (too late when we've just done a class full!) but the next set of poses... *shakes head*
And we have to do homework.
Sometimes I wonder what I sign myself up for.