About to start yoga?
When you roll out your yoga mat for the first time, you probably expect to reduce stress and gain some flexibility but there’s so much more to this centuries-old practice. Here are just a few of the many benefits of yoga and reasons why you might want to start saying ‘namaste.’
You realise that yoga really is for everyone
You may have heard a yoga teacher mention that “yoga is for everyone,” and after you take a few classes and find the style and instructor that fits your personality and goals, chances are you’ll agree. “So many people are afraid that they won’t be ‘good’ at yoga, whatever at means,” says Ali Valdez, owner of Sattva Yoga Studios and Sattva Yoga Online. “Yoga is all about leaving ego at the door and most students discover that yoga is for everybody.”
You start to see yoga as a legitimate workout
You expect to stretch and reduce stress when you sign up for your first yoga class but you probably don’t expect to be sore the next day. Although most instructors and studios don’t directly promote yoga for weight loss, that can be one of the benefits of yoga. Yoga instructor Heidi Keith says that most of her first-time students are surprised both by how relaxed and how challenged they feel after expecting a class to be easy.