Many clients I see tell me that they have been told numerous times to try yoga, by their friends, family, GP and I find that I am yet another person encouraging them to give it a go. So why are so many people, including health professionals prescribing yoga as a great thing to practice?
Part of being human is experiencing different thoughts and feelings, sometimes helpful and sometimes completely useless and unhelpful. Yoga can help you to calm your busy mind and regulate your emotions. Practicing yoga has been shown to alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Additionally, there are physical benefits of yoga such as weight reduction, increased flexibility and muscle strength. If you are human being then you are likely to benefit from yoga.
Before you embark on your yoga journey and try a class, it is essential to know how to approach the physical practice of yoga. If you don’t do this then you might just give up. Often people say “I am not flexible enough to do yoga” or “I was the worst in the class” so they don’t go or avoid returning. These statements do not actually make sense. Everyone can do yoga. Yoga is much more than a physical practice (this is just one out of 8 aspects of yoga). It is not about how bendy your body is or what your posture looks like compared with another student’s posture. With so many images of people doing physically challenging postures as the hallmark of yoga, it is easy to mistake this as the goal of the practice. If you are considering trying yoga, it might be useful to read the below before attending a class.
How to approach a yoga class
Laura Nash, Brisbane City Psychologist
Laura is a Clinical Psychologist experienced in working with adults presenting with a range of difficulties, including adjustment to life changes, workplace issues, stress, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, communication skills, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, trauma and interpersonal problems.