So I’m sure there are plenty of articles about boyfriends and husbands sucked into yoga by the wives/girlfriends and how amazing it is, but this isn’t that article. Yes, my wife, Amanda is an accomplished yoga instructor. She has been for about 7 years teaching various studio yoga, kid’s yoga, acroyoga, paddleboard yoga, and chances are if it’s a type of yoga she has tried it or taught it. Although I’m still holding out hope for some naked yoga…. You know for research…
For me I’ve taken a few standard classes here and there. I can probably count them all on 1 hand and they’ve been good. Definitely eye-opening as far as what yoga is and what it is not. I don’t do Yoga but I can see why so many do and the benefits of regular yoga classes.
Yoga is NOT all hippies and rainbows. Yes, there are teachers out there who practically sweat crystals, but a lot just want to connect with their students and send you on your way with new perspectives. There are teachers who just want to give you an excellent workout and keep you sweating. The point is if you are interested in giving it a shot don’t stop because of one bad experience with a teacher.
Yoga IS filled with teachers from all different backgrounds and styles that give you choices.
Yoga is NOT leggings and sports bras. Sure some classes may encourage or be filled with skinny girls and shirtless guys, but there are just as many people in basketball shorts and a t-shirt. If anyone at a yoga class makes you feel self-conscience then it’s not a class or studio you want to give your money to.
Yoga IS about how you feel about and in your body, not how the asshole next you feels about it.
Yoga is NOT about being flexible. Being able to touch your toes or do the splits is not the gauge to whether you can do yoga. Most classrooms are full of props and tools that can be used to accommodate different body styles and flexibility levels or bring your own.
Yoga IS accessible by people of all levels. You just need to find the right teacher or props to help you.
Yoga is NOT all done in 100 degree studios with beads of sweat dripping down your face. Yoga can be outside, on the lake, in pools, hanging from the ceiling or in a normal temperature class with the fans on.
Yoga is about finding the class that best fit your needs, it can be as easy or challenging as you want it to be.
So go find a local studio and see what the offer. Check reviews or looks up the teachers social media accounts to get an idea of what they offer. As for me, I’ll be hiding from my wife as she tries to get me to use two hands for my yoga count…