I’ve heard them all. The reasons people give for not investing in a private yoga teacher meanwhile they likely spend a couple of hours each day scrolling through social media wanting to feel better about themselves, be buying coffee twice a day to keep their energy levels up or going large at weekends to blow off steam after a busy week.
I’m not judging anyone’s choices. I’d simply like to reframe things for you if you’ve ever found yourself saying ‘Oh I’d love to do yoga but…’
I’m ‘no good’ at yoga
If you can breathe, you can do yoga. In its most basic form, yoga poses (asana) is moving meditation and all that you are breathing consciously. So, whether you’re stiff as a board or can twist like a pretzel, no-one (especially your yoga teacher!) cares what you look like on the mat. Having one or two lessons with a private yoga teacher will help you learn the basics and give you a confidence boost to walk into your local gym or yoga studio in no time.
I don’t have time
In the words of Buddha – ‘You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour.’ Now even I can’t manage an hour meditating daily but I do try to create time for myself to be quiet and mindful most days. My personal experience has been that spending just 30-60mins taking care of myself daily creates a domino effect that actually gives you time back in your day – from having a better night’s sleep, to waking earlier and being more effective, to calming my mind and being able to have more quality time with my loved ones. I would argue that taking time out to practice yoga gives you back that time and more.
I can’t afford it
Providing you have disposable income after your basic living costs, private yoga is affordable. Try making 1 or 2 small changes to your daily or weekly spending next month if you want to invest in a private session or two:
- buy coffee Monday – Wednesday and take a break the other two days
- swerve your Friday night takeaway
- upcycle last year’s bag, boots or coat rather than buying one new
I don’t know where to find a teacher
If you’re based in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or London either I can help you or tap into my network of great yoga teachers to find the right one for you. If you’re further afield, you can search for an accredited teacher on Yoga Alliance UK website – click here to access their directory where you can search by specialism and location.