Yoga for people who think they can’t do yoga
You have always wanted to try yoga. And now, after lockdown and Coronavirus, you see yoga everywhere! It is being suggested by many as a good way to keep moving, breathing properly and counteracting the physical and mental challenge of social isolation, furlough and worry.
But when you look at the yoga offers, the teachers all look so very slim and fit. Their photos show arm balances, backbends, impossible balancing poses. It’s a bit scary!
You try to join in with one or 2 free classes. But it is almost impossibly DIFFICULT!
Suddenly, you think you made a mistake. You feel fat, unfit and stiff. Your busy mind starts chattering so loudly you think the online teacher may hear it. And when the teaching starts, the instructions come quick and fast – impossible pretzel shapes and balances that confuse you and upset you.
You have no idea of what is going on, what you have to do, or where you are supposed to put your bits. Maybe you even fall over, at your own sheer embarrassment. You think your body is going to break. You feel defeated. Maybe yoga isn’t for you. You turn off the TV or iPad or go home quietly, and dislike yourself for a little while.
But please – keep reading!
It’s not you! You are not at fault, and there is nothing wrong with you.
That is not what yoga is about at all!
But sadly, even outside of lockdown, in normal life, many people who walk into their first yoga class walk out at the end, never to return.
And that is a real shame!
Everyone has to start somewhere, but an online yoga class with a teacher you don’t know is a big challenge. Yoga is massive subject. And because our bodies are all so very different, what works for one person may not be helpful to another. Knowing what to do and how to choose what works for you can be highly daunting and confusing.
Online yoga can also be a potentially dangerous, especially if you come into it with an injury or hope to overcome a physical condition. Without proper supervision, it is very possible to make the pain worse and to create new injuries for beginners who don’t understand this complex practice. There is a lot to think about when doing yoga, and without at least a foundation of awareness, a beginner may be at risk of injury in a full mixed abilities class. Of course, online yoga doesn’t allow direct hands-on involvement from a teacher.
It is very important to choose your first few classes carefully, if you want to experience all that yoga has to offer. It is also crucial that you learn to understand the very foundational basics first, so that you can take care of yourself when you practice to avoid potential difficulties.
But help is at hand!
I have written a special yoga course for beginners, which I have been teaching successfully for years. It is aimed at focussing on what you CAN do, rather than what you can’t do. And it will teach you how to practice safely, mindfully and with full awareness of what YOUR body needs. And now, I have revamped it for online and stripping all the yoga info back to the bare, accessible basics for new yogis who don’t know where or how to start.
The aim of this course is to help beginners and people new to yoga, or those looking to return after a long absence, to connect with the practice in a safe and healthy way at hom
- Gain a foundation knowledge of the most common basic yoga postures
- Learn where and how to place hands, feet, shoulders, pelvis, hips and legs to get the best results
- Understand the importance of the breath, and how to use it effectively
- Learn how to use props you have at home to make your yoga more efficient
- Become knowledgeable enough to move into more complex yoga confidently
- Learn where your boundaries are, and how to listen to your body
- Understand how to practice safely and to take self-care online
To support this, I have written a short e-book answering the most important yoga questions for beginners. You can download it here to demystify this wonderful practice, and to help you get the courage to come and join a class.
New 6-week beginners yoga courses will start during the autumn in Lightwater, Aldershot and Farnborough.
Please sign up now, and start feeling the benefit of yoga in your mind and body regardless of your age, body shape, fitness level or anything else.
I look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Please feel free to email me here if you have any questions.