As we approach the one year anniversary of our “two week shut down,” I have been reflecting on this past year and how it has changed us and all that we have lost. We’ve lost time, loved ones, jobs, our sanity, and so much more. This year has shown us that the world can change overnight, but there are still a few things we know we can count on: our friends, our family, and our courage.
Courage is within all of us. After all we have been through this year even small tasks like going to the grocery store can take courage. Getting back into the workplace can take courage. Sending our kids back to school can take courage. Going to your first yoga class can take courage. It’s OK to be nervous about these things. It’s OK to be a little afraid. Fear is a normal response when faced with an unpleasant situation or loss.
Yoga can help with those fears. It improves not only our physical health but our mental health as well. You may have reservations about coming to your first yoga class, but if you can find the courage, it is well worth it. Yoga reduces stress, fosters mental calmness, and helps create a balance within ourselves. And there’s no time like the present to start caring for your body and mind.
With clear bodies and minds, our lives become simpler, more peaceful, more direct, and we can feel empowered. We know what to do — and we do it. Through physical movement, purposeful breathing, and the guidance of your yoga instructor you will find that:
1. Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility.
2. Yoga helps with back pain relief.
3. Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms
4. Yoga benefits heart health.
5. Yoga relaxes you, to help you sleep better
6. Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods
7. Yoga helps you manage stress.
8. Yoga connects you with a supportive community.
9. Yoga promotes better self-care.
Yoga may seem intimidating, but it is a remarkably welcoming and inclusive community. It does not matter how old you are, how much you weigh, what you do for a living, where you live, or what religion you practice. Yoga is accessible for everyone.
If you are new to yoga, a Beginner’s Class will teach you the basics. You will start out moving slowly to learn proper alignment, breathing, and poses. Your yoga instructor will be your guide - teaching, encouraging, and accommodating your physical needs and abilities. You will learn the basic foundations of the philosophy of yoga. You will experience a fantastic form of mental and physical fitness. You will learn to breathe in peace, breathe out stress, and you will discover a lot about yourself along the way.
Still apprehensive? Completely understandable. Try watching one of our beginning yoga classes or clips to get an idea of what it's all about. Have some questions? Just reach out, we are here to help. Ready to take the first step? Great, we can’t wait to see you on the mat! (Which, by the way, we can provide for you so no worries about coming unprepared :) ) Namaste!