I Face Planted in Yoga Class!

I fell flat on my face! (it’s okay to laugh)

Let me start at the beginning.

Tuesday I decided to go to yoga class during my lunch break. One of my goals this year is to do yoga 3 times a week; at home or in a class. Basically, I want to stretch more to avoid pulling my hamstring again (or any other muscles) and it complements my running.

So I quickly packed my yoga clothing and forgot that I hadn’t shaved my legs in a few days so my capris were out of the question. I grabbed my running pants – completely acceptable for yoga class. These pants are just lovely! #winterrunningproblems


Anyway….this was a new-to-me instructor. There were eight of us in a fairly small room and enough space for maybe two more people. Kate, our instructor asked us to think of our focus for the next hour. Mine was stretch and strengthen my body; her’s was remain calm.

I’m not awesome at yoga but I do what I can. More recently, I’ve seen lost of photo’s of people holding specific poses and it made me think….can I do that? Where would I start? 

We did a warm up and then moved into Chaturanga *note…I’m just at the point of remembering all the words to the sequences – I don’t even know if I am explaining that right! Down dog never felt so good and I was keeping up with the others in the class – bonus. My right calf muscle, then my left…ahh that stretch felt so good.

Then came time for some ab work. Boat pose with the can-can,  you know, one leg out then the other and repeat a million times but in the boat pose. Boy, did this one challenge me. After a while we moved into some other poses with the first one being tree pose. I’m not great at this one and can only do it with my foot on my calf muscle not my thigh. *new goal* Tree pose from thigh.

Then came the crow pose. I watched. I watched some more and then gave it a go. Steady…..woah…you got this…holy shit you are totally doing this……FACE PLANT! And then I laughed! I did not remain calm when I face planted in crow pose but broke out laughing! Apparently, people don’t laugh in yoga classes! Who knew ???

I tried it again and again until I got it. *new goal* Master crow pose.

crow pose

Then we moved into savasana – possibly one of my favourite moments in the class. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, Kate didn’t play what I would call traditional yoga music, she played music that was easy to listen to, comforting and had soft tones to it. However, it was everyday music you would hear on the radio and I loved it. She played Wheat Kings by The Tragically Hip (Canadian) and some David Gray. It brought me back a few years and reminded me of music that I used to really enjoy listening to.

I may have face planted but it was so worth it.

Yup, I’m totally going back next week 🙂

Can you do crow pose?

Ever face plant in yoga?

Is it bad to laugh at yourself in a yoga class?

20 thoughts on “I Face Planted in Yoga Class!

  1. Hilarious. This post totally made me LOL. I would have totally laughed in class, too. Did you get the evil eye when you started cracking up out loud?! Lol! And for the record, I’m so bad at yoga I would never even attempt crow pose, so kudos to you! Whoop whoop!

  2. It has been years since I even attempted crow pose! Good for you and yes, I would laugh out loud too… it’s okay! Sorry about the face plant. Glad you didn’t hurt yourself. Shavasannah is my FAVE!

  3. haha, ah yea. That’s a favorite of mine. Crow takes a lot of core and upper body strength, but it is one of the easier hand balances to master. A great place to start! You’ll be doing handstands before you know it.

  4. I constantly fell over in yoga and never got any better at it, which is kind of why I stopped… that and I didn’t like the teacher at my gym. I probably need to give it a go.

  5. Ah, I love the hip! And, it’s totally appropriate to laugh when you face plant, even during yoga! Especially if they’re playing the tragically hip.

  6. Face planting is precisely the reason I haven’t mastered crow. I can hop into it but I’m just not there. I think my fear holds me back. Mastering crow is on my list of “to dos” this year. If you can’t laugh at yourself in yoga, then when?

  7. I’ve definitely face planted while practicing yoga. Thankfully now I can do crow now (though I’d like to get better at it) – but failure comes first right?
    I want to be able to do tree pose from my thigh as well – it looks so easy, but it’s not!

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