Your back hurts, your muscles are tight, you are stressed from work and the doctor has suggested yoga hmmm 15 times to help you relieve your pains. In your mind, you understand it's good for you but you just can't get over yourself to actually try a class. Well, here are five how-to tips to get over your fears as a beginner:
You don't have to get it right the first time (or the first 10 times): if you were to take a piano lesson or a Spanish course, are you supposed to be Beethoven after the first try or speak fluent Spanish right away? Yoga is about learning to breathe deeper, aligning your joints in order to strengthen and stretch your total body.
You don't have to be flexible: Yes, I know you've seen beautiful, skinny and flexible women doing yoga on magazine ads. Just because that's what you see in the media, that doesn't mean those are the only type of people that practice yoga. I have women AND men of all different ages that come to my class with a wide spectrum of personal goals.
Spirituality or dreadlocks isn't required: another misconception people might have is that you'll walk into a room full of hippies chanting and praying to the yoga god. First of all, yoga is not a religion and there's no worshipping involved. Chanting OM is a tradition in the yoga practice. It helps to set the tone of the class and establish the presence for the students. If you feel uncomfortable, then just don't chant.
Feeling out of shape: isn't it funny how we have this thinking that we have to be in shape in order to get in better shape? You might think that you have horrible balance and there is no way that you want to fall on your face in the middle of a class. Honestly, I've seen students gain better balance after just a few classes even being overweight. And if you fall, it's only your mat. Don't let your ego stop you from taking care of your body. Taken from these true stories in the WebMD article, yoga is designed for people of all different sizes and can help you gain strength and lose weight over time with patience and practice.
It's really just in your HEAD: Sometimes we create stories in our heads and make things a lot worse than it actually is or seems. Oh you know what I mean.... I most definitely have some stories that I like to make up in my head. Fear is a natural and healthy emotion to have but don't let it stop you from living life and being healthy. If you really can't overcome your fears quite yet, I'd suggest investing in a package of private lessons or starting from a beginner's class first.