A published poet, lover of the outdoors, proud grandma, and a guide to reluctant yogis like yourself!
For years, I TRIED to like yoga but my body just wasn’t having it. I would start classes then leave partway through the session.
Why? Because it didn’t feel good and the other students seemed to be progressing far more quickly than I was. I felt embarrassed and awkward. But for some reason, I kept trying (and failing).
One December I saw a sign on the wall of my favourite coffee shop advertising a new boutique yoga studio in downtown Spruce Grove. Something inside me went ‘yes’ even though other parts went ‘noooooo’. I signed up for a class the next day so I couldn’t talk myself out of it.
The first class was just me and the yoga teacher. She asked me questions about my body and past yoga, then moved me through a gentle practice on my mat. An hour later, I was mesmerized, energized, and ready for more.
Because she held space for me. She listened then taught the class in a way that was accessible to MY body at this moment in time. It changed my life.
I continued going to classes - the first few were just the teacher and me, but as her business grew the classes slowly got larger. This time I wasn’t intimidated because it was all about ME on my mat and not about anyone else in the class.
Three years later, I decided to become a yoga teacher so that I could help other reluctant yogis find their yoga. Okay, that sounds so easy but honestly, I debated it for many months (my poor husband!) citing all the reasons why it wouldn’t work: my age, my weight, my limited mobility, my day job, my fear of being awkward in front of others.
I started with one teacher training course - Yoga for Stress and Anxiety. It was challenging and I cried a lot from the relief of actually being there and the fear of being there. I finished the 25 hours. I was ready for the rest. Now or never, before I lost my confidence and motivation.