“I’d love to try yoga but *insert excuse here*” Chances are good I’ve heard it before, many times. Word has gotten out about how beneficial yoga is and so many people tell me they want to start, but then the excuse. So in the interest of public health, please allow me to shoot down the best ones and get you on the mat.
- I’m not flexible. If only I had a dollar for every time I’d heard this! Simply put, you go to yoga to IMPROVE your flexibility. If you’re not flexible then yoga is the place for you.
- I don’t have time. If you don’t have an hour or so spare in your week, you should probably do something about that. By the way, you can do short classes. So many online classes or yoga apps offer 5, 10 or 20 minute classes. Any short amount of time on the mat is better than none.
- I need more strenuous exercise. Go and check out an advanced Vinyasa or an Ashtanga class. I’m quietly confident you will walk out of there dripping sweat with a kicked butt, definitely worked out.
- I can’t sit still for long. Like the above, try a more vigorous class. You will find that after practicing strong yoga classes you will be able to be still for longer and this will help your mind and body.
- I’m not into chanting and hippy spirituality. Ok, fair enough but there are still classes out there for you. Try a yoga class at your gym or some community centres, they tend to be lighter on the spiritual talk.
- I have this condition or injury. I can work around pretty much anything, most teachers can. There are always modifications and hundreds of alternative poses to any you can’t participate in. All you have to do is let your yoga teacher know what’s going on and they can help you. Plus you might just find yoga benefits in recovery or management of your injury or illness.
- I can’t afford it. Fortunately on the Gold Coast we have council supported classes that are $10 or less, some are even free! Check out the Active & Healthy guide to find a community class near you.
I’m sure there are more excuses that I’ve not covered here so please feel free to drop me a line if you’ve got a good one. I do understand that yoga isn’t actually for everyone, I’m just trying to help those who want to try it get out of their own way and into the practice.