What To Expect In A Yoga Class: 31 Things All Beginner Yogis Have Experienced

31 Things All Beginner Yogis Have Experienced

Social media might have you believing that yoga classes are filled with absolute pros nailing pretzel-like positions but the reality is less glam, more groaning. Not all of us are practicing our salutations to the back drop of an impeccable sunset, in fact, most of us are somewhat successfully stretching it out in a room […]

by | Nov 15, 2019

Social media might have you believing that yoga classes are filled with absolute pros nailing pretzel-like positions but the reality is less glam, more groaning. Not all of us are practicing our salutations to the back drop of an impeccable sunset, in fact, most of us are somewhat successfully stretching it out in a room that smells like a mix of feet and incense. 

And whether you’ve done one class or one thousand, there’s a few things beginner yogis have all experienced in their time on the mat.

Here are the 31 things that have happened to anyone who’s tried yoga. 

1. You’ve realise during your last downward dog that your leggings are pretty see-through

2. You’ve defs fallen asleep during savasana and woken yourself up with a snore

3. You’ve made the mistake of eating a bean-heavy meal before a chair pose-heavy class

4. The instructor only uses yoga lingo and you’ve got no clue what’s going on. Uttanasana is just bending over, k?!

5. You’ve tried to pass a queef off as a coughing fit. Shoulder stands. Every time. 

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6. You’ve tried the “more advanced” option for a move and realised your body ain’t ready

7. You’ve thought you booked in for a relaxing Yin class, realised it’s a hectic Vinyasa and contemplated bolting

8. You’ve been thoroughly disappointed when your fave yoga teacher doesn’t show up 

9. You’ve realised your low impact sports bra is not going to cut it

10. You’re less yogi, more yogi bear

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11. You’ve casually dropped into conversation you went to yoga on the weekend and someone asks you what your practice is…. yoga right?

12. The yoga teacher has opened the class with “for the next 90 minutes” and you’ve only paid for 45 mins of parking

13. You’ve made unsettling eye contact with someone during a hip opener

14. You’ve seen your life flash before your eyes when the teacher pushes your body into a position

15. You’ve unknowingly signed up for a hot yoga class and showed up in your longest, thickest leggings and accidentally set up in front of the heater

16. You’ve then made seal-like squeaking sounds against the mat in said hot yoga class

17. You’ve realised you desperately need a pedicure as soon as the class begins

18. You’ve looked up and realised you’re facing a completely different direction to everyone else in class

19. You’ve knocked a block over mid-class and disturbed everyone’s Zen

20. You’ve severely overestimated your flexibility, gotten stuck in a position and wondered if this is how it all ends

21. You’ve accidentally moisturised your body before a class and instantly regretted it during tree pose

22. You’ve accidentally kicked someone in the face during a packed class

23. You’ve considered coating your hands with glue as they slide down your mat for the millionth time

24. You’ve audibly groaned when someone rolls out their mat almost on top of you when there’s so much free space in the room

25. You’ve rushed to get to a class because you’re so damn stressed… and realised you’ve kind of defeated the purpose

26. You’ve “ommed” a little too loudly than everybody else

27. You’ve realised that the 80-year-old next to you is a thousand times more flexible

28. You’ve had serious concerns about sweating all over your teacher when they come around to give you a head massage at the end

29. You’ve internally lost your shit when someone forgets to turn their phone on silent… and you’ve died of shame when you do the same

30. You’ve discovered your new yoga shorts are way too tiny to do standing bow pose and keep your dignity

31. After a while you nail a flow or certain position and realise how far you’ve come from your first class

What else would you add to this list? Let us know in the Facebook or Instagram comments!

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 


Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 


Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

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Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 


Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?