I’ve heard it a million times… “I want to do yoga so bad but I don’t know where to start!” Or the infamous, “I can’t do yoga, I’m not as good as you.” In one sense I ‘m happy to then have the opportunity to shift their mentality, but in another I’m saddened at the thought that so many people think that way. Yoga is not, has not, and never will be only for people who can “do it good” or have prior experience in any flexibility or strength training. Yoga begins with the mind and the body then follows route.
I started practicing yoga 2 years ago by myself in my apartment with nothing but a few Instagram pages I followed and a $12 mat from Ross. I had never done yoga before and was sooo intimidated to go to class with other experienced yogis. Little did I know that a year later I would discover beginners in the classes I finally took. A few months later I began clicking around on YouTube entering in “beginner yoga” and tried to follow a few teachers on there.
After a year and a half of a personal practice, I finally got the courage to go to a yoga class and the moment I took that class I regretted not going sooner! Taking a class and being amongst so many other yogis of all different levels of expertise was not only comforting but fun! I quickly discovered how much you can learn from each other in a group setting. Plus I made a few friends! I loved it so much that I decided to get over my fear of groups and signed up for YTT training two weeks later at CorePower Yoga in Buckhead, Atlanta.
Photography by Arianna Elizabeth
I now teach power Vinyasa yoga at Savannah Midtown apartments every weekend and I absolutely love it and am pursuing more job openings for a yoga teacher almost every day! My advice: If you are afraid to begin, that’s okay. Accepting that is the first step, the second is facing that fear. There is nothing wrong with a personal practice at home, but if done out of fear, you are only limiting yourself. Take the leap of faith within yourself and discover how reviving yoga can be!