We are starting a new series where we speak to our kula about their yoga journey. This week we have spoken to Lucy, a newer member of the kula who started yoga recently over lockdown. Since then Lucy has joined us for multiple online live-stream yoga classes and we chatted to her about her experiences and how yoga makes her feel confident.
Lucy’s Journey to Feel Confident
So, when did you start practising yoga?
I started practicing yoga at the beginning of lockdown using online videos and things like that.
Okay, so how did you get started and why did you start?
Well, I’m a runner normally, and I started doing yoga to try something different to help my running, because at the time, at the beginning of March, I was training for a marathon and I was aching all the time. So I thought it was a good way to build a little bit of flexibility and strength and relax as well.
So were you nervous or did you feel ready to start practising yoga?
Initially I thought yoga was a little, well that it was not for me and that it was a bit too serious. I wasn’t nervous, but I wasn’t sure it was the right thing for me.
Why do you say that?
Because it’s quite static and calm, it’s all about breathing. It’s mental as well as physical and I’m so used to the physical exercise such as running, it was weird to think of an exercise that was lying down on the floor breathing.
So following on from that, what were your perceptions of yoga before you started?
I thought yoga was very…well that it was only for bendy people. It was very much all about flexibility and that you had to be a particular yoga type of person, which I don’t consider myself that type.
Yes that seems to be a common perception with yoga. So how often do you practise yoga now?
Probably about four or five times a week.
Okay. So where did you take part? Has it changed now from when you started?
Well, it’s all been from my living room. I’m using online videos and trying different things.
What online videos in particular did you use?
I use Yoga by Adriene mainly, I looked at a few others, but I kept coming back to her because I thought she was relaxed, she had a nice style and felt that she was quite good for beginners. It seemed very simple to follow her and she had a cute dog.
So why did you choose to take part in online videos? Why did you choose Yoga by Adrienne, instead of going to classes in person or live-stream online classes?
Yeah. The online videos fit it into my life, I guess, I could do them anytime, anywhere, any place. I didn’t know about live streaming online videos. It was just before lockdown and obviously nobody expected us to be stuck in our bubbles so much. So it kind of fit it into that. I obviously found out about online classes once I got into it, I unfortunately couldn’t go to a studio class which would be nice to do..
What did you find valuable about using online videos?
It was good. Because I felt I could just do what I could do. I wasn’t embarrassed by being the worst in the class or didn’t have somebody looking at me doing it so I could be quite private, it didn’t really matter if I was good or bad.
But did you find you’re missing that guidance?
Well, yeah, I could only do what I thought was right. And quite a lot of the time, it probably wasn’t quite right but I couldn’t tell I was doing it wrong without guidance. I don’t see myself as massively flexible or bendy, so I thought it was a good way of trying something before investing in going to actual classes.
Did you find there was anything missing from using these online videos?
Yes there were. It wasn’t personal. It was simply following what somebody was saying. So none of the direction was at me, it was all to, you know, millions of people out there.
So how did you feel about joining a live-stream class online for the first time?
Yeah, a bit nervous. Because I didn’t know what it would be like. I didn’t know how it would work. I was used to not being looked at, but I was intrigued at how it could be different from just a normal online video and how it may make me feel more confident.
And what were you expecting to get out of the class?
I don’t really know what I was expecting, I was expecting to see what a real yoga class was like rather than an online video. There weren’t many expectations. I actually thought it would be the same as an online video.
Why did you think it would be the same?
Because I didn’t think that they could do it any differently and actually interact with me at home because they were in a studio class situation and I would just be watching the class.
So what did you like about the online live-streaming experience that you had with Same Star Yoga?
I love the fact that I was obviously part of the class. I was given direction. Faye was talking to me. She obviously looked at me because if I did something then she sort of indicated or guided, she would smile and nod. There was much more interaction than I thought, much more so than an online video. I actually felt it was like a proper class rather than just me following a pre-recorded video. It made me feel more confident in my ability.
Would you try an in-person class?
Because I’ll be really interested to see what it’s like in person. I’ve got a lot more confidence. So if I end up actually going and I wouldn’t be feeling like an idiot, not being able to do it. You know, when I started, I thought I couldn’t do yoga. So doing it myself at home meant I didn’t have to embarrass myself in front of people, but actually having done an online class, I can see that I can do it. I’m not as bad as I thought I was. And therefore I’d be really up for going to an in-person class. I think I’d get a lot more out of it, but I was surprised at how much I got out of just an online live-stream class.
We loved chatting to Lucy all about her experience and would love to have a chat with you as well, if you are interested don’t hesitate to get in touch via email. We want to hear your stories as we would not be Same Star without our amazing kula.
Saprema (with divine love),
Faye and Samantha