Missing out on the benefits of Yoga?

Are you missing out on the many benefits of yoga because you are worried that you will “Not Be Good Enough”. You’re not alone for many beginners, moving through a Vinyasa Flow or simply sitting on a mat during the first few quiet minutes of class can evoke feelings of insecurity and uncertainty.
One of the most common things I hear from beginners is that they are afraid that they won’t be able to get into the positions that they have probably only seen on Instagram or in a magazine. Maybe they feel they are not flexible enough or strong enough..but the question should be asked “flexible or strong enough” compared to who?
Yoga is not about how good or bad you are at the postures or how well you can switch off your busy mind to complete a 10 or 15 minute relaxation. Yoga should be about finding time for yourself. Treating your body with self-love and exploration. It isn’t about achieving the perfect pose, it isn’t about being able to touch your toes, it is about finding inner peace.
You should appreciate that every body is different and perfect all at the same time. How your body moves, bends, flexes and supports itself is unique to you. Your focus should be improving all of these attributes for yourself and not comparing yourself to anyone else.  Perfection should be defined as being “perfect version of you”, and no-one else.
With the right class and the right instructor you should feel comfortable and at ease by the end of the first class.  Know that not every form of yoga or every style of instruction will be right for you.  So keep looking, keep testing and keep going.
Importantly; Go Slow, don’t worry too much about keeping up with everyone else.  Move at your own pace, progress when it feels comfortable and take the opportunity to share with your instructor your concerns and apprehensions before the class starts.  As an instructor if we know you are concerned and it is your first time we will always do our best to modify and put you at ease.
Lastly, YOGA is best performed with a smile.  As I often say in my classes “it’s not rocket science”.  Have fun with it, embrace it and just take the time to listen to your body and get in-tune with your inner self.
If you are still feeling some apprehension and you think a class setting isn’t for you right now, maybe try some one-one-one yoga coaching.
See you on the mat!