1. I’m not flexible enough
Great! And I’m too dirty to have a shower. Flexibility is a result of doing yoga, not a prerequisite. But it’s true - when you’re stiff and tight as most of us are, yoga might not feel super amazing at first. I can guarantee that if you go a few times a week for 3-4 weeks, it’ll start feeling good. Really good. Then before you know it, your body will loosen up and crave a good stretch.
2. It’s too expensive
I hear you. Studio classes can be pricey. I decided to give up my gym membership in order to do yoga instead - and I promise you, I got even stronger as a result. So it was a matter of prioritising my dollars. If you can’t fork out for classes, grab yourself a $20 mat from Kmart, and do some of the fabulous free classes online. Tara Stiles and Yoga with Adriene are two of my favourite Youtubers.
Another handy hint - yoga is a whole lot cheaper if you don’t worry about fancy brands. I love Lulu as much as the next middle-class white girl, but there are loads of more affordable (and still cute!) brands. Cotton On Body is great for cheap tanks and tights.
3. Nah… Yoga is too easy
If you’re after a physically intense practice, look for studios that offer Power Yoga or Vinyasa. But you might be surprised - slow is the new strong, and moving slowly through poses your body isn’t used to can challenge your strength in new ways. Hatha classes are a great option for a slow and steady burn.
4. Nah… Yoga is too hard
Challenging yourself is a wonderful thing! A good teacher will offer variations and adjustments so that you can work with poses to your degree of strength and flexibility. There’s no need to always hit the most demanding variation of a pose. There’s also this magical thing in yoga class called Child’s Pose… You are actually encouraged to check-in with your body and your breath, and if needed, take a pause by bringing your shins and forehead to the mat.
5. I’m not spiritual
The ancient spiritual traditions of yoga are wonderfully rich, but if you’re not into it, that doesn’t mean you still can’t get incredible physical and mental benefits from the practice. Find a teacher and studio that resonates with you - you might find you even enjoy a little bit of the woo-woo talk.
6. I can’t clear my mind of thoughts
Congratulations, you’re alive! None of us unenlightened beings can completely clear our mind of thoughts. But what we can do is bring a bit more attention to them, so that we can learn to control them instead of the other way around. A good yoga class can leave you with an incredible sense of alertness and mental clarity, but don’t be disheartened if you’re still thinking about dinner during Savasana.
7. Yoga is intimidating
I can’t stress enough how important it is to try out different studios and different teachers. Because yes, some studios are intimidating if you’re not a hard-core-pretzel-headstand yogi. The teacher and studio that is right for you will be welcoming and reassuring. If you’re new to yoga, let the teacher know so that they can assist you during the class.
Got another excuse? Let me know so I can debunk it for you! And if you’re in Sydney and interested in corporate or private classes, get in touch.