The Yoga 'industry' has gone crazy over the last few years - I don't know about you but my Instagram and Facebook feeds are inundated with young beautiful people posting photos of themselves on cliff tops and beaches, all sinew and tanned skin, preferably showing off a complex arm balance. Feel inferior yet? Oh, good. That was the idea. 'Rocking my handstand balance', etc.
This is not most people's yoga. Most people's yoga is probably more like mine: a bit haphazard, doesn't happen as often as you'd like, it's certainly not perfect and I most definitely don't look like a supermodel doing it. But that's not what it's about.
It's about how you feel, before, during and after yoga. It's about the breath, it's about slowing down the mind and becoming more present in the moment. It's about accepting what I can do today, even if it's not as much as I could do yesterday. It's about adjusting and exploring, making allowances for injuries, illness or plain old simple exhaustion, and doing it anyway. It's not about competing with the person next to you and it's definitely not throwing yourself up into a headstand when you don't know what you're doing. Shame on the teachers who encourage it.
If you are looking for the beautiful people showing off their lycra and advanced handstand skills, I suggest you scroll on. However, if you are interested in a challenging, fun Yoga class that changes every week, then please come along. This blog and this yoga is for the rest of us, and by that I mean anyone and everyone. As long as you are not competing or judging, you are extremely welcome.
We may include some arm balance preparations to our classes - we may even fly like a crow before too long, but that is not my goal nor is it the focus of my classes.