Don’t make excuses – make good. ~Elbert Hubbard
Many people talk themselves out of starting a yoga practice with a variety of excuses. It’s especially true for beginners who have never been to a class before and don’t really know where to begin. It can seem a bit intimidating at first. I know from experience — we all have a million excuses for avoiding a healthy lifestyle. Not enough time. No place to work out. Don’t know the poses. Too tired. Out of shape. Don’t have the money for classes. Body doesn’t look right or bend right. Lots of excuses. While I don’t blame anyone for making these excuses, because I made them myself, the truth is, most of our excuses are merely rationalizations so that we can continue to be lazy, tired, and out of shape.
But getting into the yoga habit isn’t nearly as hard as you may think. While it’s probably best for beginners to take a few classes to get the fundamentals down, the beauty of yoga is that it does not cost a lot of money, doesn’t [have to] take tons of time, only requires enough space for a yoga mat, and it rejuvenates the tired body and wandering mind. Once you get some of the basics down, yoga is a simple and effective tool for creating the healthy, happy, fulfilling lifestyle that we’re all seeking.
So, if you’re one of those people who would like to do yoga, but have been held back by lame excuses, now is your chance to take the initiative for your physical and mental well-being. Overcome fear of the unknown and enjoy this hour long yoga practice from Yoga Today, designed specifically as an introduction for beginners. No more excuses!! Make good. Make yoga!
My name is Mimi. I love your blog and have been reading it for some time now. I really connected to this article as I have started to use DVDs and podcasts in my practice while traveling and at home. I found it difficult at first but now it’s opened up my practice and it’s a great way to save some money! I never thought I would like using the DVDs, but I’ve found some great ones from Yoga Journal. I’ve been reviewing some of their DVDs with hopes to get more discussions about their help or hindrance within a yoga practice. Anyways, I don’t know if you have any thoughts on this topic or not but YJ has an online shop and I wanted to give you the link to check out:
If you want to know more about the content of any of the DVD’s please let me know, as I’d be happy to recommend something more specific. Do not feel pressure to post anything, I just figured I’d try to get the word out. Practicing at home is hard for me and a lot of people. I’ve learned that DVD’s can ease the discomfort sometimes…
Thanks so much and keep up the blog writing. I LOVE it!
I have been trying for some time to get a good home yoga dvd. I even ordered one. Thanks for the motication in the post. Keep it up
I just started a blog to help students and yoga teachers alike develop their yoga practice. It’s http://www.thejoyofyoga.blogspot.com.
I have a sequence a day, which I lay out the poses/asanas for step-by-step, and offer any hints and tips that may help.
I hope it helps folks… it’s helping me just writing it.
I wanted to share this article on how to create your own yoga props at home. it’s easy, green and free.