Often, I hear people say they can’t do yoga because they’re too stiff, too old, too unfit and the list goes on. I’m thinking reading this you may have even had this thought too. Is Yoga really for beginners?
As a seasoned Yoga teacher approaching my 6th decade, I want to let you know that this is simply not true.
Yoga can and should be for anyone.
It is not a contest about how perfect your pose is or how good you look in lycra – because trust me, very few of us actually look any good in lycra! It’s about the internal experience of wellbeing in your body as you move and the calm, present feeling in your mind.
Yoga is about wellness.
Yoga for aches and pains
Many people think their ailments are preventing them from taking up yoga. But you know what, just because you have a sore back or knee or another debilitating medical condition doesn’t mean you should avoid yoga. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Evidence shows that yoga can help reduce most aches and pains and alleviate symptoms of most health conditions!
Yoga works by improving our joints as well as soft tissue elasticity and its willingness to try new shapes. As we age our repertoire of movement decreases and we risk more strain and pain when we do move. A balanced Yoga practice can mean our movement repertoire and energy levels can actually increase with age – something many think is not possible.
Yoga also creates balance in the nervous system which has been shown to reduce inflammation, improve cardiovascular function and balance our endocrine system. Yes, it can really do all that! And, the even better news is there are no nasty side effects from yoga, only improved well- being.
Yoga for movement
Movement is joyful and the perfect antidote for stress and tension. Yoga that is slow and designed to support your body ‘s natural design enhances your body’s capacity for balance and self-healing . Many of us are turning away from unnecessary medical treatments and drugs for a more natural treatment. Yoga and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement offer natural solutions that are not about the quick fix, but building resilience into your body.
In my experience…
I see over and over again this shift when I begin to work with a new student. Over time confidence is restored, limbs and spine soften and align, and a joy in moving replaces the aches and pains leading to a sense of freedom that lingers off the yoga mat.
I love offering yoga to beginners that have never tried it before. There’s something special watching how, with simple breath centred yoga practice, they become hooked.
Yoga is for you and I can help.
Now you may be thinking that you have no time and the Pandemic is sucking all your energy leaving you bereft on so many levels.
Well, it’s actually the opposite. There’s never been a more perfect time to start than now.
A weekly investment in a Yoga class could support your mental health and physical health in ways you never imagined.
Yoga can be accessed at any age or stage of life; you just need to find the right teacher or class. Look for beginner’s yoga in your area and, with more online yoga classes this opens up many more possibilities with location irrelevant. A skilled Yoga Teacher or Yoga Therapist will find out a little about you before you start their class. This will allow them to support you with any modifications, keeping you safe during your practice.
If you have always wanted to try yoga but have never done it, this just might be the time to give it a go…. You won’t regret it!!!
Do you live in Annandale, Leichhardt, Glebe, Forest Lodge, Stanmore or surrounding suburbs? Yoga sessions are now available both online and in person.