“I’m not flexible enough” and other reasons people hesitate to try yoga

“I’m not flexible enough”

Very few of us start yoga with an ability to do every pose. Yoga does not require you to be flexible but it helps to be patient and keep an open mind. Flexibility develops over time. Don’t sweat it if you can’t touch your toes. Plenty of other people can’t do it either! We are confident that if you come only once a week for 5-6 weeks, you will notice improvements in your flexibility.

“I have a bad back”

You’ve come to the right place! It comes highly recommended by many medical doctors, namely Dr. Andrew Weil who says “One way to help prevent further injury and lessen the symptoms of recurrent back pain is through yoga.” Yoga has been proven over and over again to heal a number of back ailments from sciatica to neck and shoulder pain, as well as other common injuries. It’s not a magic pill but with the right guidance we are certain you will start to feel some improvement after 5-6 classes. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Our teachers have a minimum of 200 hours of training, which requires them to understand anatomy, proper body alignment and how to modify poses for specific injuries. In some cases, students’ tell us that their pain has disappeared completely.

“I’m really out of shape”

Staying disciplined with an exercise plan is not easy when we ride that roller coaster called Life. All of our bodies and lifestyles change over time. SKY is non-judgemental and supportive environment for getting back into shape.

“I don’t know the poses” or “I’ve never stepped foot in a yoga studio!”

No one starts this practice knowing it all. SKY wants to make your experience with yoga the best possible and every journey starts with one step. Come by for a visit to check out the studio and feel free to ask any question you might have. Check out our “Arriving at Class  pointers, and feel free to contact us via phone or email.

“My job/life is very stressful and I’ve heard that yoga will help calm my mind and nervous system so I feel less stressed.”

The ancient practice of yoga has so much to offer us – relaxing postures (asanas), breathing practices, diet recommendations and meditation techniques for calming the mind, body and spirit. With regular asana practice it is reasonable to assume that you will sleep better, feel more energetic and calmer within weeks.

“I want to lose some weight and I heard yoga is not effective for weight-loss.”

Actually we hear yoga is great for weight loss. For optimal results we do recommend you balance yoga with other cardio workouts like walking, biking or swimming. You’ll find that our Intermediate and Advanced classes will give you a great cardio workout, but with all things you have to find an exercise regimen that works best for you. (As with all exercise regimens, please ask your doctor before you start something new.)

Arriving at class – Studio Etiquette

Arrive at least 5-10 minutes early to get settled on your mat.

Take off your shoes before you enter the studio.

Turn off your cell phone or better yet, leave it outside the studio.

Practice good hygiene and bring a towel if you tend to sweat.

Please don’t wear perfume/cologne. Yoga focuses a lot on breathing, and fragrances tend to irritate sinuses and nasal passages.

Limit talking in class. If you have a burning question for the teacher during class feel free to ask, but keep discussions to a minimum.

We provide yoga mats to borrow (for free!). Inquire at the front desk for our recommendations about buying a mat.

Give yourself 5-6 classes to begin to get comfortable with yoga.  Like any new physical activity, it’s normal to feel a little sore as you begin to work your muscles in a new way.

Drink plenty or water before and after class but limit water intake during class.

Take your last meal at least 60 minutes before class. Doing some poses on a full stomach may be uncomfortable.

You don’t need fancy or expensive yoga clothes! Wear comfortable clothes that will move with you. We recommend more fitted clothing as it allows your teacher to see your body’s alignment.

Speaking of alignment, our teachers will most likely gently touch your back, move an arm or occasionally adjust your body in certain yoga postures. They are trained to bring your body into proper alignment to help you avoid injury and get the most out of each pose. If you don’t wish to be touched, please tell your teacher before class.

Always listen to the way your body reacts to different postures. Honor what it tells you about going deeper or easing off any poses. Only you know what’s best for you.

Leave your ego at the door and remember that yoga is not a competition and there are no perfect yoga poses. Have some fun with it!