My yoga practice started about 9 years ago, when a friend invited me to join her at a Bikram yoga class. It was a few years before I developed a consistent practice. It was difficult for me to get to a studio consistently, and I didn’t feel like I had the resources to start a home practice.

There are so many benefits to yoga. A physical practice builds strength and flexibility, moving your body in new ways, using muscles you may not have used much before. Being physically active is also great for your brain, and your emotional state. Yoga, specifically, gives you time that is just yours. The time you spend on your mat can be a great reprieve from the stresses and busyness of life.

You don’t need much to get started, no fancy clothes or equipment. Your 3 must haves are a yoga mat, a water bottle, and positive attitude. As with anything new, it takes time to learn, and develop a habit. Begin with a few core postures, and gradually add to them as you go. I suggest starting with sun salutations, start with even one sun salutation A (surya namaskar A in Sanskrit), gradually increasing to 5. Then you can start to add in some other postures such as warrior and tree.

Practice with me! I teach to all levels in my classes. You can find me at 6am Tuesdays and Thursdays at That Yoga Place and Thursday evenings at 6:15 at Willowby Community League. I also teach other classes, here and there, as well as lead retreats. I have a workshop coming up, designed specifically for beginners. You’ll learn some core postures​  and leave with a manual, complete with pictures to use in your practice. Yoga Fundamentals is at That Yoga Place January 6, 2018, mark your calendar!