Let's talk about what might be holding you back!
I hear or have heard the following statements often:
"Oh, I am not flexible enough".
Or you might say I am not good at yoga, so I don't want to attend a group class for everyone to judge me. I get this and I also understand how daunting it might be to start yoga from the very beginning.
You might have heard about the potential benefits yoga can give you, but when it comes to actually starting, that's a different kettle of fish.
Let's make something clear: you don't need to be flexible to start yoga. You don't need to be anything else other than yourself. Yoga is for every body. You are enough, as you are.
If you feel anxious, let me know, let's talk. If you have questions, reach out and I might be able to help. I am confident that due to my training and experience as a therapist, I can support you through the initial hurdles, and nothing makes my heart sing more than complete beginners attending my classes.
"What if I can't get into a shape that's cued in class"
Congratulations, you are human and you, as everyone else, has a different body shape. So yes, this is entirely possible that you won't be able to take a shape or pose that's cued. And you don't have to.
This is your practice, with your body and your breath. If something is not accessible on a day or at all, we can work with that. I can offer you modifications, options, yoga is so much more than just shapes. Your practice might be to honour your body's response to that particular situation.
"I can't empty/stop/slow down my mind".
Again, something that comes up in yoga and especially mindfulness. There is this myth about meditation that in order to 'meditate properly' you need to empty your mind from thoughts and just 'be'.
The truth couldn't be further from this statement. You don't need to empty your mind, and you don't need to be able to 'meditate properly'.
You just need to show up with an open mind and open heart, and start to observe what's happening - in your mind and in your body.
THIS is mindfulness. Staying with, and paying attention to, instead of forcing something that's not there.
There is no simple answer to this, but let me tell you that mindfulness doesn't always equals relaxation. Relaxation might be a byproduct of some mindfulness practices, but it might not happen at all.
This is why mindfulness has to be used with care and knowledge, as it can trigger traumas, reactions you might not have been aware of.