So, you’ve decided that you want to try Yoga. You might have read about all the benefits of the practice or perhaps you’ve seen friends and family do it and want a piece of the action too.

The beginnings of Yoga were developed over 5,000 years ago and close to one-third of the world’s population practice Yoga. Although practised by many, there is a stigma attached to the body shape and look that should take part: slim figure, naturally agile limbs, clothed in the best ‘outfit’.

Characteristics like these can put people that don’t fit the stereotypical mould off going to sessions but Yoga is a practice for everyone. If you feel anxious about attending a Yoga practice, feel as though you’re not ‘built’ for it or think you’re not flexible enough, here is a little bit of advice.

Get on the mat

Everybody has insecurities for their first class, but once the first session is over you’ll wonder what it was that you were worried about. Everyone is concentrating on themselves so much, they won’t even notice what you’re up to.

Even if you come and just do the basics, predominantly in child’s pose (look it up), then you’ll still get benefits and feel better for attending. Cast away your doubts and get involved.

Research

Some people think that they know Yoga, perhaps they know people that do it, but they don’t actually know what a session involves. It’s best to do a little bit of research about what to expect before attending. Not only will it give you peace of mind it’ll also give you a head start on other beginners.

Perhaps watch a class on YouTube, learn the different poses and look into the different types of Yoga (yes, there are a range of Yoga classes). After doing a little bit of research into it, you might even realise that it’s not the class for you. And that’s fine, there are plenty of others that you might find more appealing.

Our practitioners are always on hand to run you through what to expect in a session. We’re always happy to talk through any worries or concerns you may have, just let us know.

Bring a partner

If you still feel uneasy at the prospect, there’s nothing better than bringing some support with you. Talk to your family and friends and see if any of them are interested in taking part in the class with you.

At Archway Health Hub, we welcome beginners to all of the classes that we run. Our welcoming team will guide you through each class and give you all the support you need.

Our popular Hot Hatha Yoga Classes are ideal for beginners and take place on Monday mornings and at several times on Thursdays. You can book yourself onto an upcoming class here or call our reception on 01858 410 820 for more information.