It’s okay if the Om in your yoga practice sounds more like Oh My God at first; that is how we all get started. The beauty of yoga is in the journey. My personal relationship with yoga started when I was very young. I was born a coal miner’s daughter. Ok, ok, that was really Loretta Lynn, not me. I was born a hippie chick’s daughter and thanks to a few communal years with some Budhists, I have practiced yoga since I was a young child. At age three, I learned directly from a yogi: a very rare experience, and it has played a huge part in shaping my life. Sharing the benefits of yoga is my passion. I believe yoga is the best thing you can do for your mind, body and spirit. I hope you soon feel the same.

While increased flexibility is one of the major benefits of doing yoga, there are many other reasons yoga is beneficial. There is very little a regular yoga practice won’t do for you. Regular participation can increase muscle suppleness, increase core strength, decrease soreness, increase blood circulation, increase agility, help injury rehabilitation, improve posture and it is a great relaxation/stress management tool. Yoga can even help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Yoga also greatly improves balance. Interestingly, recent studies have shown a direct correlation between memory loss (Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc) and the loss of the ability to balance as we age. Which makes yoga a workout for your brain as well. Why wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to keep your brain sharp? Unless, you hate your life and want to forget who you are by age 60…

Some of the most common reasons people have for not trying a yoga class are that they are not flexible enough, they are self conscious about it, they think it is too easy, or they think it is too hard . The truth is that you are the most flexible you will ever be on the day you were born and from that point on you have to use it or you lose it. It is a trained component of fitness just like strength or endurance. We all have to start somewhere! Bending over to tie your shoes is important! As for the rest, I haven’t been called too easy since high school, and while some poses are harder than others, there are always modifications for the beginners. My main goal is to make yoga fun and funny. Any good instructor should make yoga something you look forward to doing, and miss when you don’t. Your body will thank you later.