Yoga for everyone

Often as a teacher I’ve come across people who don’t think yoga will be a good fit for them. Some worry about the spiritual aspect conflicting with their prior beliefs, while others just worry about whether they’re physically fit enough to keep up.

The thing is: yoga is for you. It doesn’t matter where you are in life or what you’re doing. Even if you’re dissatisfied with everything, if you can engage with yoga it will help heal your approach to your life. It isn’t a creed which should rule your life – it’s a practice which will supplement it. Yes, you need to commit to it, to have discipline, but as long as you’re willing to put the work in, it doesn’t matter where you start. Yoga is adaptive and flexible, and a good teacher will always help you make your practice work for you.

The question you should ask yourself before you get into yoga is not whether you’re ready to do it. Nobody is ever perfectly ready. Instead, you just need to recognise that now is the time to start making a change. The rest will come naturally, whether that’s daily practice or a more harmonious approach to personal relationships. As long as you bring yourself to your practice and commit yourself to it, you will get something out of yoga – no matter what level you’re at when you first step onto the mat.