5 Things Yoga Teachers Tell Their Friends
1. It’s not about you.
After the first 5 minutes of class, no one besides the teacher is aware of what you are doing, so please don’t be self-conscious.
2. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga.
We do yoga to improve our flexibility (and strength and endurance). We all start somewhere, and we all move ahead (and backwards too) as time goes on. I know it’s cliché but yoga is a journey, not a destination.
3. It’s OK to dread your yoga practice sometimes.
Seasoned yoga practitioners do not jump out of bed every morning eager to hit the mat. All of us feel like avoiding our practice from time to time. Part of the discipline is working through those feelings and being patient and kind with yourself. Some days, my yoga practice is a chore. Some days, my yoga practice is a joy. Most days, it’s somewhere in between.
4. I can see through your pants.
Any old leggings won’t do. If you are unsure, try turning your back to a full-length mirror, bending over, and looking at your derriere. Another option – when your yoga pants are not on, hold them up to the light with your outstretched hand inside them. If you can see through the fabric, so can I! Guys, be aware as well – loose, shorts can be very revealing.
5. Yoga studios are judgment-free zones.
Even if I can see through your pants, I’ll just ignore it. One of the things you’re practicing when you do yoga is observing what’s going on, without judgment. Whatever you consistently practice you get better at, right? So, technically, you are in a room full of people who are there to learn to stop judging themselves and others. How nice is that?