Most types of specialized physical training can be a bit intimidating to outsiders, but yoga is in a category of its own.
The connection to spirituality and the weird pose names (“downward facing dog? Child’s pose? Cow pose?) make yoga mystifying to the average person. Among other things, this probably kept me from engaging with yoga for years.
Once you try yoga for yourself, though, a lot of what seems fluffy and fanciful starts to make real sense to your body.
Good instructors make all the difference. And the good news is that there are plenty of good instructors out there. I got my own start from the instructors who led the King of Pops Free Yoga in the Park outdoor sessions on the Atlanta Beltline last summer. But you don’t even need to go to a class anymore to get a great introduction to the practice of yoga.
While I wait on King of Pops yoga to return to Atlanta, the video below has been my guide through my daily morning yoga practice. I felt incredible when I did it for the first time, and every morning this yoga gets my body stretched and warmed up before I drive and sit down at work all day. It makes a difference.
Check it out for yourself tomorrow!
Fun fact: I’ve never actually finished this entire yoga flow (usually stopping after the squat), and since I have typically done a centering prayer meditation before yoga, I skip the opening meditation. Point being: you should do what you feel comfortable with and what you feel is useful. If that’s what it takes for you to start doing yoga, it’s OK to be outside of the box.