A lot of us have been there, wondering if we will ever be able to touch our toes, let alone hold a lunge for 5 freakishly long breaths.
After weeks of coaxing, I finally set foot in my first yoga room,and was amazed at how available the practice was to me. I didn't have to be able to touch my toes,or do the splits. I was able to move through each pose in a way that was attainable to me.
Along the way I have learned many truths, that have helped to make the transition from a new student, to regular practitioner.
You live in your body and you know what is best for it. You do not need to do everything the teacher instructs. We are there as your guide and to ensure your practising safely.
Yoga teachers are here for you! Don't be afraid to approach us for questions or to provide feedback - our classes are created with you in mind. No, teacher around? Check with the front desk staff.
- If you need to rest, rest.
Come to a child's pose, seated or laying down when you need to rest and join the class when you feel ready. When we are tired, we loose our connection to our practice and become unfocused.
- Don't sacrifice alignment if you wish to progress in your practice.
Proper alignment is paramount for building strength, flexibility and reducing the risk of injury. Try this: take a table and bend one of its legs inwards...not too sturdy is it? Same alignment principals apply with having the knee directly over the ankle in a lunge.
- Be compassionate with yourself and have fun!
You change every day and so does your practice. One day you may balance like a pro and the other, not be able to life a toe. Accept your practice and yourself as it is that day and in that moment - tomorrow it will change anyway ;)
student of life, practicioner & teacher of yoga