We have a cultural aversion to the word ‘beginner’ and a ‘go hard or go home attitude’ to health and fitness. But being a beginner is nothing to be ashamed of, in fact it is vital to be a beginner. Yoga skills are gained incrementally.
I often say to my students, that you don’t go and play a piano concert in La Scala without learning to read music, practicing to play one hand at a time, memorizing the piece and have a mentioned practicing a lot? And only then, when you feel confident, you go for it.
Of course, going to a Yoga class is not as dramatic and you could definitely just wing it… but here are few things you’ll be missing on without a good foundation.
Breath is the foundation of Yoga. If you are trying to keep up with the class and you have not learnt how to move with your breath, you are likely to strain or hold the breath while trying to hold the pose and the “yoga” – union between body mind and breath – disappears.
The beginners course will teach you how to breathe properly. You learn to let your breath lead the way and your body to follow. The breath becomes a barometer of your practice, telling you when to go deeper into a pose or when to take a step back.
2. Personal ownership
When we copy, or compete with our intermediate classmates, we don’t gain a sense of union and we risk injuring ourselves. And who knows if the person next to you is doing the poses correctly? No two bodies are the same and rarely will two people look the same in the same yoga pose.
The beginners course will teach you the correct alignment and how to build each pose without injuring yourself and gives you a personal ownership of your yoga journey.
What to do next?
I’d like to encourage you all to start at the beginning and check out our website for the upcoming dates for the next Yoga for Beginners Course!
Build the foundations for a lifetime yoga practice. Make the commitment and invest into YOURSELF!