The Myth – I am not very flexible, and I do not have very good balance, so I can’t do yoga.
The Truth – This is like saying you can’t lift weights, because you don’t have any muscle strength. Most people when starting yoga have some tightness; over time your yoga practice will help you become more flexible and have better balance.
The Myth – Yoga is just for women.
The Truth – Thousands of years ago yoga was created by men for men, and some of the greatest yoga teachers are men. Guys benefit just as much, if not more, than women by practicing yoga.
The Myth – I tried a yoga class once, but it was too slow and boring.
The Truth – Some styles of yoga, such as Gentle or Restorative are indeed slower paced, but Power or Vinyasa classes offer a faster, dynamic pace and endless exciting physical challenges.
The Myth – I can’t do yoga. I like to go out with my friends and don’t want to become a vegetarian.
The Truth – Relax, you can still enjoy a glass of wine and be a yogi. Over time you may find yourself naturally leaning towards a healthier lifestyle, but there is no requirement to change.
Getting Started at IPY
Some things to bring to your first class to make it more enjoyable:
- yoga mat (you can use one of ours)
- mat and hand towels
If you are new to power or vinyasa yoga, it is best to start with a Basics class. Try to get to the studio 15 minutes before class to check in, place shoes/belongings in the reception area, get your favorite spot, and unwind. It takes a couple of classes for most new students to get used to the heat, make sure that you hydrate before class and take Child’s Pose as needed during the practice. Please keep in mind that yoga is not a competition or performance—listen to your body, follow your breath, and you will be amazed by the transformation that will happen over time.