Nobody starts as an expert. Everyone begins their first yoga class by trying to figure out what to do. The same was true for me…I had never even heard of downward dog! You don’t need a background in gymnastics and you don’t need to be flexible. Just start. Today.
The very first yoga class I took in NYC bored me to tears. It wasn’t until later that I learned there are many styles of yoga. Once I found Ashtanga, I knew this is what I wanted. Ashtanga is unique in that each pose is held for five breaths and it follows a set sequence. Is that boring? Well, if you have ever tried to meditate, you’ll know that the brain is a nonstop circus! With Ashtanga, you can tune into yourself and help to settle your mind and your breath. Give it a try and see!
How do we still the mind? How do we create balance? We begin by looking within. In Ashtanga, we use a very physical style of yoga to “occupy” the body so that we can begin to tune in more closely to the mind. That’s when we might discover our own internal messaging. Messaging that maybe doesn’t serve us or limits us. Time and time again, I’ve seen Ashtanga Yoga profoundly impact my student’s wellbeing. And yes, you can practice Ashtanga if you’re not flexible AND a beginner AND have never done yoga before. It’s all possible!