Absolutely not, we all have different body structures and levels of flexibility, there is no such thing as being ‘good’ at yoga, how far we can stretch or twist the body has no relation to the benefits we gain from our practice.
Yoga is not religious and my class does not promote any particular ideology. The definition of ‘spiritual’ is anything that connects us to our inner spirit, we do this when we marvel at a sunset or touch the face of someone we love. In yoga the aim of the practice is to connect to yourself in the present time and feel the essence of who you are.
Yoga transforms on many levels, aside from the obvious physical changes and health benefits, our practice on the mat teaches us things about ourselves that we can carry into our everyday life. This could be as simple as becoming aware of tightness in the shoulders and reviewing current stress levels, through to observing an unhelpful thought whilst in a posture and realising it is something we automatically say to ourselves many times a day.. Yoga encourages a positive relationship with yourself, increasing awareness, acceptance and advancement.
Yoga is a great form of exercise, it uses full body movements that build strength and stamina, and result in a flexible, toned body. It helps to achieve and maintain a healthy weight by lowering stress hormones which help to balance blood sugar levels. It also encourages mindfulness making it easier to recognise and overcome unhealthy habits. Yoga is a vital component of a cross training programme and is the perfect complement to cardiovascular activities (walking, dancing, swimming, running, aerobics, cycling and hiking etc.)
Yes, please let me know before the class and I can suggest modifications for some of the postures if they are not suitable for you. Yoga is about the relationship you have with yourself and it is important that you listen to your body and adapt your practice to meet your needs.