Honesty here....... I took my very first yoga class way back in 2001 and left with the intention it would be my last. It just wasn't "my thing"......at the time.
Fast forward to 2013 when I became the Group Fitness Manager at Movati. I challenged the team of instructors to become beginners in someone else's class and to step outside of their comfort zone. It was then I took my second yoga class. I still can't say that I became an instant yogi then and there but I very much enjoyed the class.
Over the course of 5 years as the Group Fitness Manager I evaluated many yoga classes and then began to attend then on my own free will whenever I had the opportunity. I began to look forward to the words, the poses and ahhhhhhh savasana. I became flexible and built strength.
In 2019 just a short 5 months after I completed my year of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment I attended a yoga intensive and became a certified 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.
What I would say to anyone thinking about taking a yoga class is this. Don't judge your first class or even your third. Invest in at least 6 classes, try out different instructors and different types of yoga. Don't say you are not flexible enough for yoga because that is exactly why you need to take a class. Flexibility is one of the four components of fitness and can be improved upon in even just one hour. Start with a gentle yoga.
Flexibility is not the only thing you might gain by making yoga a part of your life. Heart health, back pain and stress relief are just a few of the many benefits of yoga.
Come for the physical practice of yoga but stay for the emotional well being with intentions of self love, gratitude and inner peace to name a few. Each class I try to set an intention to work on, or bring attention, to your metal health giving you little reminders for life.
"My soul honours your soul. I honour the place in you where the universe resides. I honour the light, love, truth and peace within you because they are also in me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one". Namaste.