As a studio owner I've heard a lot of strange phone messages. I've had lots of inquiries about what yoga is, I've had people say they were going to pray for me because I was spreading evil and I've had LOTS of calls about beginning yoga. It is a very scripted phone call and it goes something like this...
ME(M): "Hi! Thanks for calling Love It Yoga, this is Ena how may I help you?" CALLER(C): "Hi, I'm looking to start yoga my friend does it and she looks great, she's so calm and peaceful there has been a big shift in her... (M): "Yes actually, I have a very diverse schedule, and in fact you have called at the perfect time, we have a four week beginner series starting this Tuesday at 730pm." (C): "Well, I'm a runner and I work out so I'm pretty fit can I come to an advanced class?" (M): "That's great I'm so glad that you are taking care of yourself. Have you taken yoga before? (C): "Yes, I took a class or two about two years ago. I didn't like it I hurt my back. (M): "Well I'm sorry to hear that but I'm glad that you are trying again. The four week program is designed to give great instruction on postures, breath and some philosophy. The teacher will take time to help you find your breath and move safely in the poses. As well, because it's a very relaxed class there is time for questions and for some specific modifications...(C) "Well that's great but when is the hot power class, I really don't think I need the beginner series.....
GRRRRR! The frustrating part of this conversation is that my new student is doing a disservice to themselves. When they come to that Hot Power Class they will get hurt and not come back again. They didn't give themselves a chance to start fresh and new. If I went to learn the piano, the teacher would start with scales and reading notes, she wouldn't give me Beethoven to play in my first class. If I joined a Learn To Run group the leader would have me run for a minute and walk for three, not put my shoes on and run a marathon!
Give yourself the gift of new beginnings. The gift of starting something from scratch. Learning yoga is a lifetime adventure, a gift that you can start at the beginning.
The Love It Yoga Team
Yoga teachers, dancers, waitresses, empowerers, nurses, foodies, wine lovers, everyday people.