I have yet to take a yoga class. To be honest I am scared to take one. I can mess up 1000 times in my house and no one will see me, but I can’t hide my fails in a class full of people. But what if it’s a small class? Well then I’m worried the teacher may focus on me because I’m not as good as the others and I get embarrassed super easy when it comes to stuff like that. And there is also the setback of how much a class cost. All the classes around me are in the $20 a class range and while that isn’t that bad, I wouldn’t be able to do that a couple days a week. Maybe if they had free daycare, but that isn’t a thing. So how do I practice? I have really found all I have needed so far on Youtube and instagram. I have watched so many videos and step by step guides on how to do poses without paying anything (other than Yoga Burn program). I hope to one day be able to take classes and my dream is to someday become a teacher which will obviously take at least 200 hours of class, so if I ever want those dreams to come true I will end up in a class. But I wanted to show you that you don’t have to go that route if it’s not where you want or can be at the moment.
So I am going to list some of the things that I have tried and continue to use to grow my yoga practice.
I found Zoe Bray-Cotton the creator and owner of Yoga Burn on Facebook. She has a fitness program designed using faster paced yoga. She was doing a week long core challenge with daily videos explaining what poses would target the area where we most have problems with (as I hold my hand up!) She is so positive, uplifting, and has no problem laughing at herself. She had no problem answering any questions people had on videos and was very involved with her page. After the challenge was over I decided to order her program and I use it a good bit (not as much as I should, but I try to get it in at least once a week.) She has done 1 other challenge, post videos of her flows, other workouts to add onto your yoga practice, and about her diet. She is pretty active on her Instagram @yoga.burn and she is pretty responsive on there as well when you send her an DM.
I also go to PsycheTruth Youtube channel a lot. They have a ton of great videos for every type of yoga you are looking for and most are under 30 minutes. If you want a full body practice or are looking for a way to get that kink out of your neck from sleeping wrong, they have it all and tell you in the title what it’s for.
I have a ton of yogis on my Instagram and I find inspiration in looking through their post, but I have some that I would love to be even a tiny bit as good as they are. Most of them have been practicing for many years and some only a couple. But they are so passionate about it and you can see their love for it everyday. Just a couple of my favorites are @gyspyon_ @the_southern_yogi @ladiboomyogini @tattooedyogimama @thegivingmom @barefootkerry @emiliasyoga @erinkellyart. Then there are so many group pages that share tons of different people that I could look at all day. Just get on and look up #yoga or #yogi and you will find a ton of videos and poses that you can work on. And don’t be afraid to google how to get into a pose. I do it all the time!
I am in no way telling you to not take a class. I am going to break out of my shell soon and do it, even if it’s just a mommy and me yoga class with my boys. I know I need to take that next step, but I am a better person when I am prepared so doing it this way for now works for me. I want you to know that you can get into it without paying a ton to find out if you even like it. And don’t give up if it doesn’t go smooth the first time. I mean what in life ever goes smooth from the start anyway? Now go down dog while your animals are the only ones there to see.