Ever thought of taking a yoga class but weren’t sure if it was something for you? You are not alone.
This is exactly how I felt about ten years go. I loved everything about the first yoga class I
went to and I was hooked. Since that first class, I’ve continued to develop my practice and with training through PrairieYoga, I became a certified yoga instructor.
I’m not suggesting that you will become a yoga teacher, I just want to encourage you to try yoga. I’d also like to share what I’ve learned along the way.
First, there are a lot of different types of yoga classes. I would have to say that a gentle class is a good place to start. Second, yoga is more than the poses, you learn how to calm the mind, deepen the breath, and learn how to ‘let go’. The benefits of practicing yoga are endless.
As put by the American Yoga Association, “Yoga helps you to access an inner strength
that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life. A few yoga exercises practiced daily (especially if they are done just prior to meditation) help to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups.”
Finally, I’ve also learned that yoga IS for every body. I’ve trained with Matthew Sanford, who teaches how to adapt the practice. Matthew taught me that the techniques of yoga apply no matter the physical condition or shape of the pose. Still thinking about that yoga class? Why not give it a ‘go’?
I will be teaching a gentle yoga class at the ARC. Come try a class with me on
the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. Contact the ARC for additional
information and to sign up.