Updated: Sep 10, 2019
"Do you want to come to yoga with me?"
If you’ve never tried yoga before this question may prompt a little wave of fear or anxiety.
Trying anything new or going outside your comfort zone can often be nerve-wracking. Trying yoga is no different.
When someone asks you, you might hope to be busy that night or maybe come up with some excuse not to go.
One reason people often provide for not starting yoga is "I'm not flexible enough".
There's a stigma surrounding yoga that you must be super flexible to even start.
"I can't even touch my toes! ".
So lets clear this up!
YOU DONT HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE TO DO YOGA
When you were a kid, did you pick up your first bike and instantly start riding it without stabilisers? Casually pull off some wheelies?
When you first got in a car were you instantly Lewis Hamilton?
Would you say I can’t go to the gym if I’m not fit enough?
I don’t think so.
Whilst there is a relationship between yoga and flexibility, being flexible isn't a prerequisite to do yoga.
Yoga is not for the flexible, it's for the willing!
Try It and Never Look Back
A fellow Firefly Yogi had the same doubts before joining. However, Emma has truly seen the benefits of yoga having pushed her worries aside and taken the plunge to try a class.
4 months on I'm attending 2 classes per week, the change has been amazing. ... I have found yoga to be very therapeutic. During the hour session you spend quality time focusing on yourself, a totally stress-free environment. Yoga has changed my lifestyle and outlook on how to look after myself. I am now 2 stone lighter, definitely more "bendy" and feel full of positivity. So, if you think this isn't for you take my advice try it, it won't take you long before you love it!!
You can read Emma’s full testimonial here.
This is exactly what I wanted to achieve with Firefly Yoga. It's also why I encourage everyone to try yoga at least once.
All our classes are suitable for beginners, so you don't have to worry about feeling out of place or judged. There’ll probably be a few people just as nervous as you!
Once the class starts, you'll be so focused on the poses you’re doing you won’t even notice anyone else in the room.
Yoga Isn't All About Being Flexible
Whilst the health benefits of yoga are well reported, the effects of yoga can run deeper.
As Emma touched on above.
"Yoga has changed my lifestyle and outlook on how to look after myself,.."
Yoga is about so much more than being flexible.
With regular practice, you will undoubtedly start to feel the benefits of the yoga practice as a whole. This includes positive effects on the body and mind.
As you practice more and more, you'll see that trying something new is only scary at first. The more you do it, the more comfortable you become.
This mindset could change how you approach everything.
You will become more flexible
Like most things, practice makes perfect.
A new bodybuilder isn't going to pick up 100KG straight away. A new long-distance runner isn’t going to run a marathon straight away.
If you can't do certain poses straight away, guess what? It doesn't matter!
Give it a few weeks of practice you'll be amazed how far you have come.
One study found that regular yoga practice over a 10 week period increased flexibility and balance.
So in fact...