Since beginning Yoga Teacher Training so many people have told me that they really want to start doing Yoga but don’t know where to begin. I’ve had conversations with numerous people who have never tried Yoga before, asking me to do a 121 class with them to teach them the basics.
What stands out most to me during these discussions is fear. Fear of the unknown.
“I’m afraid that I will be the worst in the class” or “I’m not flexible enough”, “I don’t know anything about it, I won’t understand what’s going on in the class”, “I can’t even touch my toes”
Guess what! None of the reasons above matter. I know, the thoughts of going into a class full of strangers to breathe in sync with, in the downward facing dog position seems a bit eccentric. But that’s what makes the experience all the more fun and exciting! You’re trying something new and out of your comfort zone. It will be worth swallowing your nerves for, I promise.
Okay so where do we begin?
Well let’s start with WHY. Why do you want to begin doing Yoga? What are your reasons? Whether you want to practice for relaxation, strength, flexibility or even just because the poses look cool on IG and you’re a bit curious, there are so many options and paths you can take down the yogic route.
If you have NO CLUE what yoga is about at all and you want to have a nosey online before going to a class, there is so much content across all online platforms where you can do your research. My personal favourites:
- Yoga Journal – Good reading on all things Yoga
- Kino MacGregor videos on YouTube – Great for beginner tutorials & Yoga sequences
Although a lot of Yogis are self taught from the likes of online videos & forums, I wouldn’t depend solely on this method of learning. The reason being, the atmosphere and energy you experience from practicing Yoga with a group of people in a class is an experience unlike any other. Not only this, you are in a safer environment with a professional teacher who can make the necessary adjustments to accommodate your body. This will allow you to avoid injury and learn how to get in and out of the poses properly & safely.
I hope you found this helpful! If you have any questions or would like to share some of your Yoga experiences I would love to hear from you.