“The reasons above are used when I try to persuade friends, family, and total strangers to take yoga for the first time.” It’s a big action for many, but a move in the right path for the bodies and minds of those that take it.
The benefits of yoga are many for both body and mind, and the great news is that yoga is accessible to anyone and everyone. If you can breathe, you can do yoga! It’s a question of finding the best style, the right teacher, the right format, the right level and the right venue.
I’m here to remind you that there are simple recommendations that can keep your practice safe and practical, regardless of the style of instruction:
*INTENTION—take a few moments to make sure your head’s in the right place before you step on the mat. Most of the time, we’re to blame for our injuries. We watchasana the rest of the class and let ego take over—we want to be the best even if we’ve never tried it before! No amount of ego is going to help you if you push your body too far.
*3 KEYS—in Yoga at Connie’s instruction, there are three “checks” used for each pose: foundation, alignment, and breath. If the foundation is secure, whether it’s your feet, hands, shoulders, forearms, or hips, you’ve significantly reduced your chances of falling. Alignment refers to the spine, pelvis, and joints. Be attentive of these areas—your body will let you know if you’re going too far out of your natural alignment. The last is obvious: if you are not breathing, we recommend to back off and start over!
*PRIVATE CLASSES—most people experience Yoga asanas for the first time in a packed studio with little guidance. If you’re starting out, take a Private Class that will teach you the fundamentals before you head into a class. You’ll feel assured and enjoy it a lot more.
*PACE YOURSELF— Slow and steady wins the race here—when you’re consistent and mindful, your practice will evolve. Plus you’ll start to enjoy yourself!
Enjoy your week, Connie