Question: I have never done yoga. How should I start?
Answer: Start with beginner’s classes at a local yoga studio.
I advise against videos for total beginners because without a teacher’s guidance, you could practice with bad habits that could injure you. Sometimes you think you are doing something right, but it could be harmful to repeatedly practice that way. Even if you are careful, you could pick up bad habits that are hard to break.
Question: I am overweight / underweight / out of shape / just had a baby / have an injury / worried that I will make a fool of myself / other concern. How can I still do yoga?
Answer: No one really cares about what you look like or don’t look like in yoga.
Yoga is about being mindful and present in your own body.
If something doesn’t feel right in class or you can’t or don’t want to do it, then don’t. We’re not yoga fundamentalists here.
But what’s the worst that can happen? You fall over? Who cares! We all fall!
If you fall, you have to laugh and take your neighbor down with you.
If you’re still hesitant, you can always sign up for a private yoga class with me.
Question : Do I have to be flexible or strong to practice yoga ?
Answer : Yoga is about bringing your awareness to your body, mind, and breath. You can do this no matter how flexible or weak you are.
Besides, through yoga you become flexible and strong. Just like starting anything else, the first few times you practice yoga, maybe you will feel creaky, stiff and even frustrated at certain poses. Through regular practice, however, you’ll notice changes in your body AND mind. Your mind will learn to be more patient and accepting with yourself.
Is there anything else you want to know? What other questions do you have? Let me know, and I’ll try to answer them in next Thurday’s Q & A.
Photo by papa jesse (collage of fireworks compiled from over 50 photos!)