I had tried one or two yoga classes before in the past but basically a beginner. Recently moved to the area. I was nervous about joining a class and looking silly if I couldn’t do the poses, or making mistakes.
Instead, what I found was it was really welcoming and everyone helped new people feel comfortable, extra attention given to help feel confident when first started. M flexibility has improved and my strength has built over the last few years of attending, as well as improved confidence and trust in what my body can achieve. The friendly instructors and friendly members make it a social gathering as well as a fitness/yoga class. Although I still struggle to be mindful in the meditation at the end, I find that while doing the poses and the flow I’m able to be in that moment and this gives me an escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
I remember when I first started and trying to do the bind in a seated twist. I remember thinking it was impossible, my arms wouldn’t bend that way. This has been similar with other bind poses. However, with time and patience I got there. As well as that, I still haven’t mastered the wheel but I can do it and I couldn’t even do that as a child. It makes me believe that what seems impossible is possible.