Yoga is about flexibility – not just in body, but in mind as well. By taking my first ever yoga class, I have taken the first step towards personal growth. I always knew that yoga incorporated more than just the movement. I just hadn’t realized that it was more than frozen poses. In the beginning, you do the pose and hold it for about five deep breaths and then move to the next pose. It should be smooth and easy. That’s the difference between a living, breathing instructor and a video. That and if you aren’t in the post exactly right, they can correct you. Videos don’t have that feature – yet. They might in the future, but that is a little way off. For now, they don’t have that feature. A video is not interactive. If you are a beginner, it’s best to have someone teach you the basic moves.
That’s not to say that you can’t ever not have a teacher, or that you should quit classes after you learn the poses. Classes are good to keep you from getting sloppy. I hope to use yoga to help me lose weight, become more flexible and fit, and to de-stress. It can do all of that. It’s a mind and body activity. so is weight loss. To accomplish anything in yoga or weight loss, or life for that matter, you have to forget the word, “can’t”. If you tell yourself that you can’t do it, you won’t try and your “can’t” statement will be true even if it wasn’t initially.
Getting back to yoga, the poses aren’t as extreme as you might think. at least, not the ones I have seen in my classes or in the videos. They are easy to master – just go until you feel the stretch and then stop. You’ll be fine. That’s the key, take it slow, learn the poses and worry about the extremes later. The yoga studio where I started taking classes is a no judgment studio and caters to yoga students of all experiences. Maybe one day I will take the more extreme classes and do yoga as a series of flowing movements, but for right now, I’ll concentrate on learning to do the poses correctly.
Yoga includes meditation, which functions as a way to de-stress your mind and body. Every exercise regimen requires a warm-up and cool down period. In yoga, that’s meditation. Quiet the mind and quiet the body. You will leave your class energized and ready for anything — at least I did. Look at yoga or any exercise in a positive way and it will be a positive experience. If you can’t see the light, shift your position. Don’t worry about what you didn’t do in the past, look at what you can do now. Stop looking back and look to the future.