#1 – You have to be young
Wrong! I’m well into my fifties and this year (2018) I completed my 200 hours yoga teacher training. I’ve always loved yoga and the time was right to take my journey seriously. It’s never too late to learn something new and a curious mind is a gift.
#2 – You have to be skinny
No you don’t! I’ve always been well-built. Big-boned they used to call it if they were being polite. Plain old fat’s another word for it. Despite years of yo-yo dieting, I’ve never been skinny. I don’t beat myself up about it anymore. I’m relatively healthy, so what’s the point in striving to be something I’m not? Yoga helps me to maintain good health, body strength, peace of mind and mobility and if I can’t achieve a pose immediately there are always blocks, straps and tools to hand to modify it and create a work in progress.
#3 – You have to be able to bend like a pretzel
No! And you don’t have to wear lycra either! It is true that yoga asana involve physical exercise, working in conjunction with the breath and maintaining postures. With regular practice the body will become more flexible, but each student works within their own abilities and at their own pace, so don’t be put off by the adverts you see on social media sites or in text books. Yoga is for you, too!
#4 – Yoga is very time consuming
It doesn’t have to be! Yes, you can attend a class which lasts 60-90 minutes, but you can just as easily spend 15-20 minutes each morning or evening working with poses you enjoy to stretch out and loosen the body. Taking 5-10 minutes to work with the breath in meditation can build an enjoyable daily practice which can help to calm the mind, aid sleep and relaxation. You can put as much or as little time into yoga as you wish.
#5 – Yoga is some kind of religion
No, it’s not! Yoga comprises a strong moral and ethical code of behaviour. The word yoga means ‘unity’ and the practice works with the breath, body, mind and spirit to bring the whole of the person into balance.
Still think yoga’s not for you? Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! And if you’re shy to come to class, why not book a 1-2-1 session? Call me, Caroline, on 07769184698.