I’m Just Here as a Drop-In.

Via Dana Gornall
on Oct 14, 2013
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Hi. I’m new here.

I am here as a drop-in because I don’t really know much about yoga and I’m not sure yet if I will like it. I have seen women who claim they practice yoga, and I admire their level of fitness, their calm presence and sense of inner strength. I see what they have and I am intrigued.

Plus, I hear yoga is relaxing and I need that.

Are we going to chant in yoga? What exactly is “om?” Is this like a religion?

I have taken exercise classes before, but I wasn’t sure what to wear to a yoga class. I stopped by the local sporting goods store and I hope what I have on is appropriate. I am going to stand near the back, if that is okay. At this point I feel a little bit out of place and feel more comfortable in a spot where I can see what others are doing.

I took Pilates one time. I have heard yoga and Pilates are kind of the same. Is this true?

You seem like you really know what you are doing, but I don’t understand Sanskrit so thank you for saying the alternate English names and also for demonstrating. I also appreciate the adjustments you suggested during the pose.

Thank you so much for being kind and guiding me through with your words so I have a better understanding of what to do. I am grateful that you explained it, but didn’t focus too much attention on me either, which would make me feel on the spot.

You want us to do a headstand? I remember doing those when I was a kid, but I’m not sure I can do them now and that freaks me out a little bit. Oh, you don’t recommend I do them yet? That’s good, I’ll do the prep work you just showed me.

Wow, look at that woman over there doing a headstand!

She looks like she is maybe in her late 60’s. That is incredibly awesome and I hope to be in that great of shape at her age. Is that because of yoga?

The people in this class look different than what I expected. I assumed everyone would be super thin and young. Seeing students of all ages and sizes makes me feel a lot better and more at ease.  You definitely can’t judge a book by it’s cover! They are all so amazingly fit!

So class is almost over? That went really fast and didn’t even seem like an hour and a half. What is Savasana? I just have to lay here? What is the point of that? Okay, I’ll do it but it seems kind of silly….zzzzzzzz. Oops, I think I just dozed off. I hope I didn’t snore because that would be really embarrassing. I guess we sit up now.

“Namaste,” you tell us. “Namaste,” the class responds. You explain that namaste means your spirit honors the spirit in me. That’s lovely, actually.

I notice my muscles are pretty fatigued. You say I might be sore tomorrow? I didn’t realize yoga was such a workout. I feel really good, though—stronger.

I think I’ll be back.


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Ed: Bryonie Wise



About Dana Gornall

Dana Gornall is a mom of three crazy kids and a dog. She works as a licensed massage therapist in Amherst, Ohio and is a certified sign language interpreter. She is always looking forward to even more personal growth. While not interpreting, doing massage, or being with her family she loves going to yoga. You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


3 Responses to “I’m Just Here as a Drop-In.”

  1. I am a drop-in student too. But not the stereotype 🙂 I am the perennial advanced beginner, the perennial drop in (with a regular home yoga practice of over 6 years' standing). Nearing 60 and I can't do a headstand – and it is medically contraindicated for me now to even try (though I got into teddy bear headstand just a few years ago). I want to go to that class you described–but only if I get the right before-class vibes (i.e., no pincha before class by the wall to warm up, thankyouverymuch, as described in this blog post http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stor… – perhaps she was spying on one place in the New York City area from where I will never take yoga EVER AGAIN!)—and NOT the Boomer Yoga/Gentle Yoga the studio owner has wanted to shunt me into for YEARS.

  2. @DanaGornall says:

    Amphibi1yogini, I love your attitude. I wrote this because I still feel like a beginner 5 years after starting yoga and because I remember this was very much like me in my first class. I didn't actually start out with this wonderful teacher, but I am in her class now. I took yoga from a couple other places (including the YMCA) and felt like i could take the advanced class when I signed up at the current studio I attend. Boy was I wrong! However she has been an amazing teacher and the other students have all been very supportive to each other. If you are ever in Ohio I highly recommend her!

  3. I am very heavily into pilates, though, unlike your protagonist. At New York Sports Clubs, they'd certainly gotten THAT class, right … they'd been tone-deaf on their yoga programs. So, since then, and for only the second time ever, recently my pilates teacher (who also teaches yoga) became my yoga teacher – for a time.

    But things changed. …

    The yoga class (at the pilates studio) changed format. But before that change time, I'd thought I'd died and gone to heaven – a yoga class that was mostly Mandala Namaskar ! Very much like I'd been looking for all my yoga life, milder and yet more creative than my kick-butt, lengthy, comprehensive home yoga practice (the standards – unvarying – by which I decide to leave these four walls; as, in reality, my time and my discretionary money are scarce); but now NO classes in my immediate (if City-wannabe) area which fit that rough description …

    So yeah, the young rank newbie and the old fusionista/connoisseur have that Walk-In status in common …