I can't tell you how much Blissful Spirits has helped me this year. Here are some of the things I feel about it and some encouraging words for potential or new students. Feel free to use as much or as little of this as you thing would be helpful.
5 months ago -- 50 lbs overweight, stressed by life, not sleeping well, and fighting ergonomic injuries from a full time job on a computer -- I saw a groupon for Blissful Spirits & thought, "Maybe that". My first yoga class ever was a Warm & Gentle and I spent the class thinking "What did she say?", looking over at the person on the next mat, "Oh, THAT is what she said", and sweating like crazy. Feeling wrung-out I asked Staci what other classes were okay for a rank beginner and she said "If you can do this, you can do Hot Yoga, too. Just try it!" That kind of encouragement comes standard with every class and every instructor I've tried. Jackie's uplifting music, quick smile, and suggestions for extensions, Katie's reminder that "If it doesn't feel nice, don't do it", and Melanie's focus on mental discipline along with the physical all come standard with positive reinforcement, helpful suggestions, and true personal warmth. Here I am 5 months later, 20 lbs lighter, learning to deal with stress more positively, sleeping through the night most nights, with greatly alleviated ergonomic issues to tell you, "Just TRY it!". Everyone was new once.
A few tips for beginners from a recent beginner:
- Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Try to drink your water bottle down in the hour before class, then refill and drink it again during class. Then refill it and drink it again after class.
- Vocabulary. If you haven't done yoga before you may have trouble understanding what is asked of you the first few classes. Don't worry, everyone does. Look around to figure it out and give it 3-5 classes and you'll be fine.
- Clothes. Workout clothes for yoga are close fitting for a reason. That baggy shirt is going to end up around your ears in downward dog unless you tuck it in. Be warned. Also, hot yoga is hot. Be sure you are comfortable in 105 degree weather in whatever you plan to wear.
- "But I won't do it right!" and "I'm embarrassed to not be able to do everything." Two things. First, yoga is a practice. Practice means you work at it, and everyone in that hot room is working at it. As close as some of those mats get during busy classes, everyone is only thinking about what is going on on their own mat, not looking at you. Secondly, the yoga studio is a judgement free zone. Don't be so hard on yourself, nobody else will be either!
JUST TRY IT!!