It's easy to give in to your fears and excuses before starting something new. This is true for people wanting to start a new training regime and especially true of people yet to try yoga.
I understand the stigma around yoga and it's my mission to change it.
It's easy to hold onto our assumptions, beliefs and excuses and it's much more difficult to step out of our comfort zones. But everyone who does feels glad that they did and wonder why they didn't do it sooner.
Do you want to keep feeling stiff and sore? Or are you finally ready to do something about your aches and pains? Yoga has helped me and so many people and it can help you too.
Here are some of the excuses I hear as to why people won't try yoga and my reasons why they don't stick:
"I'm not flexible enough to do yoga."
I understand how we don't like doing things we're not good, especially if we don't usually stretch - but how else will you improve? Can you increase your range of motion, mobility and flexibility if you don't do yoga?
Saying you're not flexible enough to do yoga is like saying you're not clean enough to have a shower. When you're dirty you have a shower (I hope!). When you're not flexible? Try yoga!
"Isn't yoga for women?"
Well it does seem this way from what you see through the internet. But perhaps you didn't realise Ryan Giggs (the most decorated player in Premier League history) realised his own Yoga Dvd?
Or that The All Blacks (the best rugby team in the world) practice yoga regularly?
There's not many men bigger, stronger or tougher than The All Blacks. And if you're worried yoga will make you less manly, might I suggest you're manliness might be lacking in the first place!
"I'm not fit enough"
I've worked with men and women of all different shapes and sizes. My classes aren't designed to make you feel bad or show you up. I use functional and accessible movements to help you get fitter, stronger and more flexible. Are you ready to change your life?
"Yoga is for hippies..."
As someone who eats steak and loves fighting, ufc, football and sports in general I don't subscribe to normal notions of being a hippy. Nor do all the elite athletes who use yoga to improve performance, reduce injuries and boost recovery.
I do find myself spending more time outdoors in nature, but that might be because I'm getting older!
Ultimately life is short. I don't want to leave it with a list of excuses or regrets. So what are you waiting for?