Updated: Oct 26, 2019
Research continues to uncover yoga's benefits ~like improving heart health, reducing chronic pain, elevating mood & self-confidence, quieting mental chatter, even improving sleep. Let's face it. If yoga were a pill, you'd be taking it. So, what's holding you back?
Here are the top 5 reasons I hear why people hesitate to try yoga. Are any of these true for YOU?
Reason #5 Everyone else knows what they're doing
When you're a beginner, it can feel intimidating. Admittedly, I've been to yoga classes where we were expected to move from pose to pose, simply by hearing "Warrior 1 to Down Dog". What??? At Your Time Yoga, that's NOT how we roll. We take it one step at a time, in plain English. Our classes are small so you get personal attention. Keeping up is NOT an issue.
Reason #4 The big room with everyone gawking at me
I mean, who wants to be in the spotlight when you're learning something new? I get that. Two things that may make you feel better. 1) At Your Time Yoga there's no "big room". Just you on your mat, next to others on their mats. No "front of the room". No big crowd. And, even better, 2) Yoga is a guided journey into what's happening inside. Breath by breath, self-awareness expands. And, in that state, interest in what's around you falls away.
Reason #3 I've got a bad (or limited) back, knee, shoulder, wrist, hips
Chronic pain is the worst. You've likely heard that yoga can help alleviate pain. But how can you practice yoga with painful joints and limited range of motion? Here's where it's important to choose a class that helps you tailor the yoga to fit your anatomy. We have bolsters, blocks, chairs, mats... all the equipment you need so the yoga practice meets exactly where you are at. And, if you want you can even take a few Private Yoga sessions first to learn how this works.
Reason #2 I don't have time
You're busy. And, it's really hard to carve out time for self-care. Years back a friend had to drag me to a yoga class (between our sons' weekend basketball games) saying it could help my chronic back pain. And, she was right! Yoga once a week actually saved me time. No more weekly chiropractor or doctor appointments. As it turns out, my experience isn't unique. In their special report on yoga, Harvard Medical School stated up to 90% of all doctor visits can be attributed to stress. And a 2015 Harvard study found that people who practice relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation used 43% less medical services and saved $640-$25,500 per person each year. How much time can yoga save you?
And, the most common response when mentioning I teach yoga...
Reason #1 I'm not flexible enough
Most every beginner who has taken a yoga class with me claims this is true. In fact, most say they are the "least flexible person ever". "Can't even touch my toes!" Sound familiar? Well, let me set your mind at ease. There's no requirement to bend like a bobby pin to do yoga. Or wrap up like a pretzel and scratch your ear with your toe. I promise. Little by little, through gentle breath and movement you will become flexible, fit and balanced. You'll find you can get up from the floor with ease. And, over time, even let go of habitual thoughts that don't serve you. Flexibility of mind and body. Connection. Balance. That's yoga. And it's anything BUT scary. 😊💕🙏
What are you waiting for? Let's see what yoga can do for you.
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