No Really, It'll Be Fun
Yoga doesn't compare to being shot at, but the most frightening thing a yoga teacher can say is, "No, really, it'll be fun." Until that moment it had probably not occurred to me that it might or might not be fun, you know? I don't know the poses. You tell me we're going to do a handstand with our feet on the wall and as far as I know, it's no biggie. (Not like doing a real handstand at least.)
(Photograph stolen from web site of person who can actually do yoga. The difference between what she is doing and what we were doing is that she is on her forearms, and we were on our hands.)
Add the phrase, "No, really, it'll be fun," and I know instantly that this pose is going to kick my ass.
Which it did. We were supposed to hold it for 60 seconds. I lasted 30 the first time and 50 seconds the second time. We went immediately from the handstand to a sixty second downward facing dog.
The teacher said that downward facing dog is a resting pose.
The person who defined downward dog as 'resting' was probably the person who originally created the yoga definition of 'fun.'