I Recently Started Taking Yoga Classes at Gilbert Yoga...Here are 6 things that surprised me the most!
A delightful testimony by Heather Lynn, an ode to beginners' mindset!
"For years, I dabbled with online yoga classes and sporadically attended in-person classes. But yoga never felt right for me. That all changed when I attended my first class at Gilbert Yoga, and now I’m hooked. Here’s what I learned:
1. It was easier than I expected.
I was amazed at how quickly the 70-minute class flew by. The yoga teacher offered modifications, while also demonstrating the poses. It turns out, I don’t need to be all that flexible (although I feel myself gaining more flexibility each class).
2. My lack of experience worked in my favor.
Since so much of this is brand new for me, I haven’t yet developed any bad habits. My lack of experience simply means that I’m learning poses the correct and safe way.
3. The friendly, accepting environment reduced my self-consciousness.
Everyone–teachers and students–are warm and inviting; it’s felt each time I enter the studio. No matter how many people are in class with me, I feel a sense of belonging. I never feel singled out, yet the teacher is very attentive to individual needs. The lack of judgment has really helped me to become more confident and explore more challenging poses (which boosts my confidence on and off the mat).
4. I immediately saw a positive difference in my sleep patterns.
I’m falling asleep more easily and staying asleep. I wake up feeling rested, without the morning body aches. And I have more energy throughout the day. Need I say more?!
5. My new body awareness: my body really craves to stretch and breathe.
Funny thing: the more I practice yoga, the more my body wants to move. Tight muscles aren’t so tight anymore, my back doesn’t ache. In fact, just the opposite! My body feels stronger from the inside out, and my posture has significantly improved.
6. Gilbert Yoga has classes 7 days each week, so it is easy to fit yoga into my schedule.
Not only does Gilbert Yoga offer classes all 7 days of the week, there are plenty of class offerings so I can choose what’s best for my schedule. Speaking of variety, there is literally something for everyone–from Beginners to All Levels and everything in between."
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