Wellness Wednesday 2: The Girl Who Cried in Hot Yoga Class

The girl who cried in yoga class

Yes, that would be me, yours truly.

Your inner light shines when you are at peace with yourself and the world around youThe session was hard. I took front row so I could see the instructor better. It was great fun too because she is her lively bubbly self, the instructor. She’s one of my favorite instructors.

She assisted me when we did deep forward bending by getting me an extra block. So I had two blocks standing upright in front of my mat. I bent down just enough until I can feel it on my hamstrings and the tip of my fingers lightly touches the blocks.

It was tough…the moves were a little different from the last time I did hot yoga.

Coming to the end of the 90 minutes, I lay there on the mat with a towel over my eyes. All lights are off. Gentle soothing music was faintly in the background. I knew I needed that towel.

I inhale slowly…

This is so so hard…” I’m sure that was my heart.

I exhale slowly…

Let it go…” It was my brain that talks. And tears started flowing. Down the side of my face before the towel catches them.

I inhale deeper…

My body feels heavy…burdened.

It clings to the dreams that built over time. It refused to let go.

I exhale softly…

Let it go…” This time it was my soul that speaks.

You cannot control the future for all that you have is now…this moment…

The tears flow more freely now. I was surprised I didn’t end up sobbing right then and there.

But there is a small peace that ignited inside me in those 15 minutes of solitude.

Peace in realizing I can’t control the future. I can plan for it but other than that I really don’t have 100% control. I can choose to cling to my dreams refusing to let everything takes its own course or I could choose to let the universe unfolds itself and accepting, trusting that it will all be alright. Trust in the process no matter how much discomfort it brings.

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There is renewed hope and faith interlaced within me. I need to grow that small peace in my heart that I discovered tonight so I can return to it time to time again when I needed it most. To let that sense of peace surround me wholly.

I had cried myself blindly for two days before I went to class. My eyes were still puffy when I walked into the yoga studio that night. There was a big lump in my throat and I just wanted to escape the emotional pain.

Namaste | Scoops of Joy

Instead, I discovered my inner peace. On the mat. I was that girl who cried in her yoga class and I am proud of it.

I picked prompt No. 2 from this week for our Wellness Wednesday: Inner peace, describe them.

Welcome to week 2, good people! Rina from CuteCoconut and I are so very excited and can’t wait to read your posts. We got some really inspiring posts from our first week. Want to know which was our favorite? Sign up for our newsletter then we will email you the prompts along with our favorite picks weekly.


  1. Do you meditate? What do you think of meditation?
  2. Inner peace, describe them
  3. Share your healthy living goals
  4. What’s your favorite workout song(s)?
  5. What’s inside your gym bag?


  1. Funny story from the gym
  2. Challenges of creating new healthy changes
  3. Why I love my body
  4. What do you think about detox? Share your experience
  5. Gym routine do’s and don’ts

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Scoops of Joy



    • January 15, 2015 / 10:16 am

      Thank you Mackenzie! And thank you for joining us 😀

  1. January 14, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    That’s huge. Yo go girl! Although I can’t imagine doing hot yoga myself since Im a fainter!

    • January 15, 2015 / 10:17 am

      Lol thank you Janine! The first time I tried hot yoga I literally felt like I was going to die then a very wise friend told me “Sometimes you need to feel like dying before you can get up again!” Ouchie lol

  2. January 14, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Awwww. This is very inspiring! This has NEVER happened to me, but one day, I’ll get there. Thank you for sharing your story, Maureen! You inspire so many people (like me). 🙂

    PS: See you next week. 🙂

    • January 15, 2015 / 10:18 am

      Thank you Mary Elizabeth, don’t say never dear. You may never know one day down the road 🙂 Just be open to it. I never thought I would enjoy yoga before. Your kind words made my day! See you next week, girl!

  3. January 14, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m so glad that you found inner peace during the yoga session. I’ve never done hot yoga, but I’ve come to many self-realizations during workouts so I cannot imagine how anyone can not workout. They are missing so much. Have a great day.

    • January 15, 2015 / 10:20 am

      Thank you so much Debra. Yoga grounded me in a way, when I do other workout I always feel like I zoned out a lot and just push my body to ‘work’ but yoga make me face my real feelings a lot and that’s huge for me.

      I love what you said about not working out 😀

    • January 15, 2015 / 10:21 am

      Also thank you so much for linking up again!

  4. January 14, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    I’ve never tried hot yoga before. At first, I thought that “the girl who cried” was your instructor’s daughter. I was surprise she was you. “Let it go”, like ikhlas in Bahasa, right?

    Thank you for sharing, Maureen. It’s very inspiring story. And I love your inner peace photo, too… ^^

    • January 15, 2015 / 10:22 am

      Thank you for joining us Mbak Yanet. Iya let it go…ikhlas dan pasrah mbak dan yakin apa pun yang terjadi adalah yang terbaik untuk kita 🙂

      Seneng banget dirimu ikutan! Great job!

  5. January 14, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    i’m glad you managed to locate your inner peace via meditation after your hot yoga. i’ve been trying desperately to meditate properly for months but i’ve yet to succeed. but i’m not going to give up until i get it right!
    ps. i love hot yoga class too! enjoy sweating like a pig! (>.<)y

    here's my entry for this week's wellness wednesday! i chose to share my favourite workout songs! 🙂

    • January 15, 2015 / 9:17 am

      Hi Mia thank you so much for joining us. You can add your link up there on the box or you want me to add it for you? 🙂

      • January 15, 2015 / 10:18 am

        It’s okay, I’ve added the link already! 🙂

        But to others on WordPress, my comments tend to be treated as spam so do check out your spam folder for my comments!

        • January 15, 2015 / 10:23 am

          Awesome! Thank you for linking up, Mia! 😀

  6. January 14, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    We so need to listen to that voice inside of us. For me, it’s the Lord telling me what needs to be done. …now I’m going to be singing that “Let It Go” song all day. :p ha/ha

    • January 15, 2015 / 10:24 am

      Hahahaa Jamie, you know what I didn’t even realized it until i read your comment and now the song is stuck in my head too 😀

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  7. January 15, 2015 / 3:22 am

    Such a special experience! Tears can be really freeing. Letting it go is not always easy, but it surely gives us space to grow. Thank you for sharing it!

    • January 15, 2015 / 10:26 am

      You are right Debbie, letting go is an art needed to be practice constantly. Thank you for your kind words and for linking up with us again this week. We adore you!

  8. January 15, 2015 / 3:32 am

    Such beautiful insights you’ve had during yoga class. I did yoga once and halfway through I started crying my eyes out. Weird right?

    • January 15, 2015 / 10:31 am

      I think it is not weird Mirjam. I read somewhere that in yoga our mind, feelings and thoughts are aligned with our body and sometimes yes we do cry because we become centered and faced with our inner most feelings/thoughts. For me the crying part always happens at the end of it. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your own experience 🙂

  9. January 15, 2015 / 9:55 am

    I’d be proud too.
    My sister is a yoga teacher and she does see emotional reactions and outbursts. They are welcomed. They are necessary.

    • January 15, 2015 / 10:36 am

      Thank you so much for sharing Tamara! I’m still a bit shy about crying in class so I didn’t say anything and just wiped my face good, smile then left 😀

  10. January 16, 2015 / 10:59 am

    I love this website so much, it do motivate people. To the author keep on the good work

  11. January 16, 2015 / 11:24 am

    I remember having the same experience somewhat, though not from Yoga, but in an acting class. We were asked to recall a memory and put ourselves back in it. The emotion it drew from me was intense,but it was also the beginning of healing for me.

    It’s nice that you’re doing your choice of workout. I’m still looking for a group around here that I can sign up for.

  12. January 16, 2015 / 11:39 am

    I sure am still far from what you have achieved and I admire you for pushing yourself. I admire for embracing the experience otherwise you wouldn’t have felt what you felt. Nothing wrong crying as well. It’s always been proven to be a good form of release.

    I know what you mean when you were talking about peace and solitude. I recently felt that. It’s more on a deeper spiritual level that has strengthened my beliefs. For the first time in a long time, I felt peace and sheer joy.

    I will check out Wellness Wednesday next week. I hope to write a post and participate in it next time.

  13. January 16, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    Oh Maureen. That happened to me, too. Not once! The first time it happened I was ashamed. I didn’t know what to do or if I should just leave the class. But I stayed, and then stayed the next time it happened and the one after that. It was so cleansing! I felt wonderful after that! I feel like I want to hug you right now!

  14. January 16, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    You should be very proud of you! You conquered your inner self! I did try hot yoga last year but I had to leave in the middle of the class =( I could not do it, I wasn’t prepared. I could not breathe right… I do regular yoga all the time, one day I will try hot yoga again.

  15. January 16, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    Glad you found your inner peace through this yoga class. It’s very helpful for people who nurture life; body and soul. Keep the feeeling alive all the time.

  16. January 16, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Such a cathartic experience! I really hope I can experience something as freeing as this someday 🙂

  17. January 17, 2015 / 10:59 am

    Never been into a Yoga class but I always wanted to try it out. They say, it can really helps out in terms of releasing tension and stress, much better than physical body massage. 🙂 Hopefully I can find a place that offers yoga.

  18. January 17, 2015 / 11:38 am

    I didn’t realize how tough it is to do yoga. Your post and the comments made by some of your followers shone so much light.

  19. January 17, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    I didn’t know this about yoga.. It is good to know.. I wanna try!

  20. January 19, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Crying is an essential part of healing. I am glad you’ve got that off your chest 🙂

  21. January 20, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Every time I do push up/sit up or any exercise at home and pushing myself to finish the round I always want to cry..but, no pain no gain (or maybe I am just a crybaby and too lazy haha..). Anyway pushing our limits in the real life sometimes is also painful, especially in pursuing our dream when people you expect to have faith in you instead telling you that your dream won’t work. Painful but it’s like a beating to keep you strong and keep moving on.

  22. January 21, 2015 / 5:47 am

    hey maureen, passing through for prompts 1/21 wellness wednesday

    • January 21, 2015 / 7:06 am

      The linky will go lives today, LaToya. Thank you for checking in. You are so awesome. I will stop by your place once the post is up 😀

  23. January 21, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    i haven’t cried for so long. I’ve always tried and requested my husband to not let a day pass without fixing problems or making amends because I hate crying so much. it makes me weak physically and emotionally.

  24. January 31, 2015 / 2:16 am

    It was lovely to read this blog. yoga is one of the most interesting forms of meditation and keeping ourselves fit and healthy.

  25. July 5, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    This blog made me cry. I went to my first yoga class on Sunday. I cried for those last 15 minutes as well. I have never felt so at peace in that moment. It’s intoxicating.

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