WELCOME FIRST TIMERS
Yoga has almost nothing to do with flexibility. So, please, do not be intimidated with the degree of your flexibility. Balance, strength and flexibility are all bi-products of yoga practice. Yoga’s underlying purpose is to consciously bring us back into mental, physical, and spiritual harmony.
As we practice yoga, the mind becomes still which enables us to listen to ourselves. For most of us this is a totally new phenomenon. As we learn to listen to what our body needs, it becomes our greatest teacher. This is what allows us to work hard, yet safely.
Yoga literally means “union” and “balance”. It is a union of the body, mind, and soul. Our body and mind work together as a team. An emotion is our body’s reaction to our mind. As we teach our mind to approach our body with kind, compassionate, and non-judgmental thoughts, our body will understand that energy as love and will respond favorably. As we heal our mind, our bodies’ health will naturally follow.
Yoga by it’s very nature is challenging. It is a non-competitive exercise. Sincere effort is it’s only requirement. You will learn how to work with yourself, not against. It is important to take it easy in the beginning and remember straining will not expedite your practice but will only impede it. If you cannot breathe normally, you are pushing too hard and need to back off. Remember, breathing is the main function of the practice.
The path of yoga is truly self-acceptance. We all have different bodies and that is what makes each of us unique. Do not get caught up in what others are doing around you, just stick to your own body and do the best you can. It is not a contest between you and yourself or anyone else. Yoga will lead us to greater health and vitality the moment we stop competing and comparing ourselves with others.
Your first class will help you release stress and allows you to experience deep states of being such as peace, joy and love. As you learn to make your body your friend, you can miraculously transform your whole life. That is our hope for you!