Yoga is not a new thing, but it’s no longer just for the super flexible yogi, all gym-goers can benefit from the practice. There are still misconceptions and fears about a yoga group fitness class, but there is no need to be intimidated by yoga; it’s for everyone no matter gender or fitness training goal.
Knowing that it is good for your mind and body and actually enjoying the practice are two very separate things. We’ve put together a list of ways to get you into the studio. Here are 5 ways to love yoga:
Face the fear
The hardest part of yoga is getting to your mat. It’s not the advanced level arm balances or inversions. When you get there you’ve already done all the work, the rest is just breathing and flowing.
Work on it
People often say, “I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible.” That’s like saying, “I don’t have enough muscle to strength train.” Guess how you build muscle? By strength training. And guess how you become flexible? By doing yoga.
Test it out
You can’t go to one yoga class and completely discount it as a hated activity. Was the Hatha class too easy? Try a power class and then try to tell us yoga isn’t a workout. Once you’ve found a style you like, it will take time to find a few instructors you like. Your practice can be spot on, but if don’t mesh well the teacher, you won’t be able to get to your happy place.
It won’t cost you an arm and a leg to try it, either. Yoga is a complimentary group fitness class included with every World Health membership.
Get over yourself
When starting any new activity, we often feel self-conscious. Please note, no one is looking at you. You are alone on your mat, practicing. If you spend the whole time in child’s pose or do every pose perfectly the only person that will know is you. The studio is really a place of no judgment. And if someone does happen to spy you recovering in child’s they probably are jealous they didn’t have the strength to take a rest.
Bring your friends
Everything is easier when you have a support system. They will also hold you accountable and committed to your yoga practice.
See you on your mat!