1. People will judge me for not knowing what I’m doing;
First of all, it’s a bit selfish to think that another individual paid for yoga, showed up to class, and is worried at all about what you’re doing. Not happening–everyone shows up to practice to have their own experience inward. They have too many other things to focus on other than your alignment in downward facing dog being a bit askew. No one is paying attention to what you’re doing, I am sure of it, and if they are it’s because they are admiring you.
2. I am not flexible enough to do yoga;
Yoga doesn’t require any level of flexibility. Flexibility is just an outcome of having a regular, long-term practice. Flexibility in the body and tissues is necessary for optimal health. ‘Practice and all is coming” -Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
3. I am not thin enough for yoga;
Yoga does not discriminate against height, weight, race or religion. It doesn’t matter how thin you are, or are not. Always remember this for everything you ever do: Start where you are. Yoga forces you to see your true, authentic self, once you love yourself, you will start making choices for your body that are health promoting and you will no longer see weight as an issue.
4. Yoga doesn’t seem like it would be for me, I like a fast cardiac workout;
You have done zero research on yoga if you think there is only one type of yoga, and that type is slow-moving. There are so many different styles of yoga, and I am sure there will be endless possibilities yet to come. For example, an active Vinyasa style of yoga, is a bit quicker paced than a Hatha style, which may include some sun salutations, and longer stretches focused mainly on the breath. Please do your research before writing yoga off as ‘not for you’. I promise there’s something for everyone.
5. Yoga is expensive;
Well, okay this one, unfortunately, may be true. But with all of our access to internet, and free videos, it doesn’t have to be expensive. I also have found that there are some non for profit studios willing to offer trade classes for work in the studio (cleaning, checking in students, help with outreach, etc.) This is something I try to do and it’s so wonderful when they offer it. But to be honest with you, it is absolutely worth the money, if you decide you want to be apart of studio. The supportive community you meet is undeniable and last I heard, not taking care of your body causes a lot of problems and disease later in life. Well worth the investment, skip the shopping trip once a month and invest in your body and mind.
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