Starting out with your first yoga class can be a pretty daunting experience!
You walk into a room full of strangers, all of them lying or sitting on the floor, and seemingly busy with themselves to the exclusion of everyone else – Even you! They all look so fit and capable, some of them stretching their 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 and serene, chatting to each other in hushed voices not to disturb the silence.
Suddenly, you think you made a mistake. You feel fat, unfit and stiff. Your busy mind starts chattering so loudly you think the meditating yogis may hear it. And when the class starts, the teacher throws everyone into impossible pretzel shapes and balances.
You have no idea of what is going on, what you have to do, or where you are supposed to put your bits. You maybe even fall over, at your own sheer embarrassment. You think your body is going to break. You sit back in awe to watch everyone else. And leave feeling less than when you walked in.
Many people who walk into their first yoga class, walk out at the end, never to return.
And that is a real shame!
And believe me, all those super-stretchy and ultra calm people didn’t start out that way. Everyone has to start somewhere, but a full yoga class of mixed abilities is a big challenge to take on for anybody. However, this is the most common way for beginners to start their yoga practice.
Sadly, it’s not only a potentially embarrasing way to kick yourself into yoga. It can also be a potentially dangerous way, especially if you come into yoga 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.
It is very important to choose your first class carefully, if you want to experience all that yoga has to offer.
But help is at hand!
I have written a special yoga course for beginners. 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.
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 healthy way.
- 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 to make your yoga 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.
The next 6-week beginners yoga courses will start in July. Spaces will be limited to make sure you get the best possible assistance during the classes. Please join the mailing list by sending a message via this link to be kept up to date of course dates and venues.
I look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Please feel free to email me here if you have any questions.