Happy 2015, beautiful Yogis! As the new calendar year begins, a lot of us see this as an opportunity to set goals for ourselves and our lives. And while you can do that any day of the year, there is something magical about January 1st. So if one of your goals this year is to start a yoga practice or deepen your yoga practice, you should know that yoga doesn’t care. This article has been circulating online for a couple months now. I love it because it confronts all of the stereotypes about yoga circulating in Western society.
What do you envision when you think of yoga? When you tell people that you practice yoga, what do they say? I bet you’ve heard “I’m not flexible enough for yoga” or “Men don’t do yoga” or “I can’t afford to do yoga”. Etcetera, etcetera, etc. And on some level, these objections are fair. If you look at the images presented to us about yoga and the information widely distributed about yoga, you might think the same thing. If you google images of yoga, you are confronted with images of mainly toned, supple bodies clad in sleek clothing, practicing in exotic locations making seemingly impossible positions look as easy as sitting on the couch. Yoga doesn’t care and you shouldn’t either.
What you should know is that yoga is for every BODY and for EVERYbody. Though yoga was initially practiced and taught almost exclusively by and for men, times have changed and both men and women unroll their mats on a regular basis. And with many studios offering classes for less than $10 and even donation-based classes, yoga is accessible for all income levels. Yoga just asks that you come with an open mind, a will to try, and a desire to learn.
So, yoga doesn’t care and you shouldn’t either. Put on some comfortable clothes, find a flat surface, and grab your mat. We’ve got some breathing to do.