From the perspective of a beginner, I am the first to admit that it can be intimidating to try something new. Perhaps it’s a fear of the unknown, a fear of failure, or simply a matter of being uncomfortable with the unfamiliar. Yoga has many health benefits, but many newbies have misconceptions about the practice. Read on to find out what every yoga beginner needs to know before hitting the mat. Come join us… I promise it won’t be scary!
1. Myth: In order to do yoga, you must be flexible.
This is the equivalent of thinking that you must be in great shape to step foot in a gym. Sounds silly, right? People go to the gym to become fit, just as people do yoga to become flexible. Everyone has to start somewhere.
2. Myth: Yoga and meditation have something to do with religion.
People often assume that yoga and meditation are some type of religion and/or cult associated with Buddhism. However, this practice has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with practicing mindfulness, living in the present and being consciously aware of our thoughts.
3. Myth: I can’t do arm balances – I must not be cut out for yoga.
Nonsense – it’s called yoga practice for a reason. If you practice, you will see improvement. If you don’t, you won’t.
4. Myth: Yoga classes are for experienced yogis only.
While it is a common belief that yoga classes are not the place for beginners, this is absolutely not the case. In fact, yoga classes are the perfect spot to be if you’re a newbie. The yoga instructor will be able to correct your postures and poses – something that cannot be done if you’re practicing at home on your own.
Each class welcomes all levels of skill and ability. With that being said, instructors are able to modify postures and positions to ensure that every individual is going to get what they came for.
5. Myth: Yoga is not a “real” workout.
It’s true that yoga won’t get your heart rate going in the same way a run or a weights class would. However, yoga has been proven to improve flexibility, strength and balance among many other benefits.
After reading these common myths and misconceptions, I hope you are a little less uncomfortable and much more willing to step inside the studio to join us for a class. Although our drop-in yoga classes cater to all levels of experience and abilities, we also offer a 12-week Beginner Yoga class for adults. This class is a great introduction to basic yoga poses as it is slow paced and gentle moving. The sequences of poses are very therapeutic and well-suited for beginners – a great way to work your muscles and increase flexibility/strength. Register here.