It’s easy to say we’ll get ourselves to a swanky yoga studio and become all ‘namaste’ in 2019.
The reality that follows can be an entirely different story. Anyone else seen endless ‘bendy’ photos of utterly beautiful women in serene locations with totally deep and meaningful captions about ‘finding yourself’?
The world is now FULL of all this marketing, a completely idealistic vision about what yoga is going to be like.
Go to a few classes and maybe we’ll suddenly be able to fold ourselves into a sandwich shape while smiling sweetly at the camera!
Definitely NOT. To actually be able to do half the things we are now seeing as the ‘everyday norm’ of yoga, takes a whole heap of dedication and ridiculously hard work. Not EVERYONE at a yoga class folds themselves in half, or somehow manages to take a perfect photo at the top of a mountain upside-down or in mid-air with their eyes closed in the shape of a heart!
Do not fooled or put off by this unrealistic vision.
Yoga can be ugly.
Especially your first few classes. It actually feels kind of frustrating at times, not perfect and graceful as some of these images would have you believe. Getting lost, using the wrong leg, facing forward instead of back and being the only one in the room who didn’t balance in ‘tree pose’ for the whole 90 seconds while everyone else is putting one foot over their heads!
If you are considering yoga, yet you are feeling apprehensive or nervous to set foot into a studio through fear of getting things wrong or looking different to the other yogi’s, here are some tips to help you get started.
Focus your attention on the verbal cues from the teacher,
As opposed to looking around at everyone else, watch the teacher if they are demonstrating
Do not expect to be an expert straight away.
No one is.
So, take the pressure off of yourself before you head in,
…and just enjoy the music, slowing down your breath and being surrounded by pretty cool energy.
Be ok with getting movements wrong
You are not the first and certainly won’t be the last to get it wrong.
And It really doesn’t matter if you do the left side while everyone else is doing the right,
So,You can keep going and just vibe with that side until you can swap over later,
It’s more important you move with your breath.
Hang out in child’s pose of you are finding it a bit much.
Some of the most advanced yogi’s will hang in child’s pose, just to chill on certain days.
It all depends on you and how you are feeling on the day,
Some days you are flexible, some days you aren’t, some days you are super balanced, some days you are wobbly, it’s all good,
…just take note and enjoy the ride.
Don’t give up after class number one!
The first class is the hardest,
In my opinion, it’s not the best time to judge whether or not you can or can’t get into yoga.
So, Try to get involved with a 6-week beginner course and commit yourself to once a week for 6 weeks,
Then see how you feel!