Every day I talk to people who say they have always wanted to try yoga. When I invite them to my class, however, I find that most believe one of three things about themselves:
I am not flexible.
Once upon a time, every human started life as an infant. Babies are born super squishy, malleable blobs of clay. Children remain inherently flexible in both body and mind until they have a reason not to be. The body and mind are programmed to keep each being alive - not flexible. Stress is specifically the hardening agent of both our mind and muscles. Combined with sedentary life and lack of creative outlets- stress will freeze the physical and mental body in the manner determined most reliably safe.
Flexibility is a practice. To soften tension in mind and body - both physical stretching and creative play are imperative. Just like any sport or hobby - practice makes progress. The more you stretch - the more flexible the body, and the more time taken to create - the more creative the mind.
I've done it, but I am not good at it.
What do you do for a living? Are you good at it? Were you always good at it, or did it take time and practice?
In this fashion, yoga spills into the rest of life. Every desired skill takes practice. Every new development and skill acquisition teaches that we have the power to affect change in our lives. Limiting practice to proficiencies - "only doing what we are good at" - discontinues real growth and change. Beginning a yoga practice is one way to impart change, growth, and the unlearning of personal ineffectiveness.
I don't look like a yogi.
This third belief — typically left unsaid — is a bit more insidious and, arguably, more powerful than the other two combined. These believers are likely to be those most in need of a yoga practice. When I talk to people who I suspect feel this way about yoga, I hope to get across, loud and clear — if it is not accessible, it is not yoga.
Making yoga accessible to ALL is part of my resolve. I can certainly help you learn the physical practice, but I also aim to empower students off the mat. Though you will likely lose a few inches off your waist and feel better in your clothes, my education focuses on healing and alignment - this is where the magic lives, this is where the soul learns that appearance does not dictate belonging.
The "yoga glow" comes from feeling whole as you are. Not from the number on the scale, not from your brand name leggings, not from your age or physical abilities. The only thing one needs to start a yoga practice is the desire to do so.