Starting out on a yoga practice can be a pretty daunting experience!
You walk into a room full of strangers, all of them lying or sitting on the floor. People like to get to yoga early to get the best spot or to claim their favourite place in the room. They all look so fit and capable, some of them stretching impressive bodies clad in slinky lycra. Others just sit in pure meditative silence, eyes closed and totally oblivious to everything else in the room. Everyone seems calm serene, chatting to each other in hushed voices not to disturb the silence.
Suddenly, you feel fat, unfit, stiff, and your busy mind starts chattering so loudly you think the meditator yogis may hear it.
Many people who walk into their first yoga class, walk out at the end, never to return.
And that is a real shame, because there are so many benefits to be gained from a yoga practice!
So believe me, all those super-stretchy and ultra calm people didn’t start out that way. Everyone has to start somewhere, and a full yoga class of mixed abilities is probably a big challenge to take on for everyone, although it is the most common way for people to start their yoga practice.
It can also be a potentially dangerous way to set off on this journey, especially if you come into yoga with an injury or hoping 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 the knowledge and at least a foundation of awareness, a beginner may be at risk of injury in a full mixed abilities class.
It is very important to choose your first class carefully, if you want to experience all that yoga has to offer.
For this reason I have devised a beginners yoga course. During 2018, there will be 6-week beginners yoga courses running at various venues. To request more information, please email me here.
The aim of all 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 healthy way:
- Gain a foundation knowledge of the most common basic yoga postures
- Learn where and how to place hands, feet, hips and legs to achieve the best results
- Understand the importance of the breath, and how to use it effectively
- Learning how to use props to make your practice more efficient
- Become knowledgeable enough to move into more complex yoga
- Learn where your boundaries are, and how to step beyond them
- How to practice safely and to take self-care during a class
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.
I look forward to seeing you on the mat!