"Not once did I think....Gawd,
will this ever end?"
~ Reenie, new student
We remember taking our first yoga class. Feeling out of shape. A little lost. Self-conscious. That's why we take extra care to get our new students into the friendly fold of our community.
Every body can do yoga. Ev-e-ry-bawd-y. We don't do yoga because we are flexible, we do yoga because we are tight! Because we are stressed. Because it makes us feel better.
At Mountain Yoga we get new students off to a sweet start, so they can start feeling better right away. Purchase our anniversary New Student Special — $30 for three classes — and let's get started!
Here are a few tips to getting started:
1. Start with Acceptance.
Wherever you are, that's where you begin. It's all progress from here.
2. Release Expectations.
Tune out the internal dialogue that says "I should be able to touch my toes.", "how come everyone else can do this but me?," "I used to be able to do that when I was in college..." It's all white noise getting in the way of what's possible.
3. Set a personal intention.
Extreme flexibility or contorting yourself into fancy shapes doesn't bring you happiness unless you're auditioning for Cirque du Soleil. What brought YOU to yoga? Get specific. Let that be your guide, your inspiration.
4. Befriend your body
Stop bullying your poor body! A starting point of love feels very different than domination. With a little patience and understanding you'll find your body opening and growing in ways you never thought imaginable!
5. Notice Your breathing
For starters, notice that you ARE breathing! (So many of us hold our breath without knowing it.) Simply starting to notice your inhale and exhale can make moving so much easier (and pleasant!).
6. Slow down.
Contrary to our 21st century lives, yoga asks us to slow down. To feel. To notice. To build strength, flexibility, power and presence, gradually, methodically.
7. Get Comfortable with stillness
Most of us find it very challenging to sit still. We would rather run around, keep busy, and check items off our to-do list than just be. The culmination of every yoga class is savasana — just lying still. It can be our biggest reward, or sometimes our biggest challenge, but it like everything else it gets better with practice!
8. Keep going. Soon yoga will be like brushing your teeth. A healthy behavior that is woven into the fabric of your life. We recommend starting with class twice a week. Book your classes a month at a time, and get them written into your calendar. This is the best way to make your yoga your priority!