Going to yoga for the first time, or returning to yoga after a long break is intimidating. I totally understand that.
You are not alone. We all feel this. Because this practice challenges us mentally + physically. It asks us to turn down the chatter of the mind and connect to our true self. It holds you accountable when you neglect it...as Patthabi Jois famously told his students "Practice, practice and all is coming." Yoga isn't a performance. If you can roll out a mat and let the experience be personal, fluid, embodied in your own way...then you are experiencing yoga. My goal is to meet each of you where you are the first time you come to class and each time we are together.
How do I start? Beginner Pathways...
Any age is a good age to begin yoga. It's better to find a practice at age 90 then never at all. A great way to get comfortable with open level (+ higher level) classes is to invest in a beginner series, private beginner lessons, or small group beginner privates. Check out my Special Offerings page for more information on pathways into the Open Level Monday Seasonal Series for those who are new to yoga or diving back into the practice.
Why is yoga a "Practice"?
I remember how it felt when yoga became something I knew could be trans formative...yet just out of grasp + only for those with an established "practice". Many of us find our way onto the mat in a time of need. Need for meaning, need for structure + clarity, need for answers, or simply a need to move in order to find stillness . That's how it came to me. Your yoga practice is exactly THAT, a practice. In our lifetimes, yoga has no end-goal, no finish line. We can practice (or begin a practice of ) yoga + meditation up to our last breath. What a sacred opportunity.
Yoga = Nature = Universe = Humans = Connections
There is an intrinsic connection to nature arising from yoga. Many of the poses reference plants and animals, but more importantly...we are a natural reflection of the earth. Our blood has the same salt concentration as the ocean. Our bodies are the same percentage of dense flesh and water as the earth is land + water. We naturally shift with the seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall through how we eat, how we exercise + how we rest. The practice of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda (the sister science to yoga of holistic healing ) connect us back to this source.
Yoga does not have to happen on a mat...
Often our family becomes our yoga as it grows or requires more attention than usual at times. When my daughter was born, she was certainly my yoga for many months. Nursing and caring for her took me straight to Bliss, no meditation necessary. My asana (physical posture) practice was a refuge from the challenges of being a parent once I recovered from delivery. Sometimes our work is our yoga. Connection with the natural world via walking, hiking, biking, swimming, sun or moon bathing, skiing + snowboarding, surfing + gardening are certainly part of a yoga practice.