If you haven’t been to a yoga class yet but it’s something you’ve been wanting to try, I get you, we have all been there. Social media has given yoga a lot of visibility in the last couple of years, but it has also created an image of what it “should” be to the point where it can be intimidating if you’re just getting into it. This is what helped me get over my fear plus what I would have told my pre-yoga me to go to a class sooner.
Know that you don’t need a certain level, there is no such thing as being “good at yoga”
Well, there is, but it’s not something physical. Being good at yoga means that you are able to focus on your breath and come back to the present moment. That is literally all you need. You might think that you need a certain level but that’s not the case at all. Just showing up is enough. And it’s as easy as not comparing yourself to the rest of people in class. I used to think that I wasn’t good enough at yoga. The girl to my left could hold headstands and the one to my right had incredible flexibility. Later I found out the first had been doing yoga for years and the second was a contortionist. Don’t compare yourself and you’ll be just fine!
Try some Youtube classes first
It’s not that you have to prepare, but having done some yoga classes in the comfort of my living room helped. A lot. Especially if you are also overwhelmed with which yoga style would be the best for you and you want to get a taste first, it’s a good way to experiment.
“But I am not flexible enough to do yoga”
If I got a coin every time I have heard that… But I remember I used to say that before I started too. It’s the most common excuse to hide from yoga. And one you’ve started practicing you realize it’s the other way around: yoga makes you flexible! And I feel like that it isn’t said enough. Sure, you might start out not being able to touch your toes. But you know what will get you there? Going to yoga on a regular basis!
Drag a friend along with you.
As with anything, doing it with someone else always makes things easy. I didn’t have any friends that would tag along with me, I actually made friends in yoga class. But I know that I would’ve probably gone to a class sooner if I hadn’t gone on my own. Now that yoga has become a popular thing, it’s going to be even easier to convince friends or family to come to a class with you.
If there’s yoga at your gym, it’ll be less intimidating
Gym yoga is usually not as good as yoga in a studio, but it does the job. The positives of this is that the classes are usually so big and full, you will feel like no one is looking at you. Especially before deciding to commit to a yoga studio, it might be worth taking advantage of your gym membership.
These are the pieces of advice I know would have helped me before I started. I think I did yoga on my own for about a month or two before I decided to go to a studio (or the gym in my case). And once I got used to it at the gym, I decided I wanted to go to smaller group classes. The good thing is a lot of yoga studios have trial classes for free. So once you feel comfortable with it, just go! It will honestly change your life for the better. And once you start, there’s no going back.