I’m too tired:
Promise yourself you will lie in Savasana until class starts. Plus, you’ll probably sleep better after practicing yoga anyway.
I’m too busy:
AKA I don’t have time. Make yoga a priority. Choose something else to be too busy to do, like checking Facebook or watching TV. If your health is more important than anything else, how can you be too busy to maintain it?
I’m too lazy:
Snap out of it. When was the last time a lazy person stumbled upon an abundant life sitting on the couch? If you really are too lazy, try a yoga nidra class, a restorative class or a yin class.
I’m too hungry:
While this sounds funny, it’s a common problem among workout enthusiasts and yoga practitioners alike. When yoga becomes an important part of your day, your eating schedule must change to support your yoga. Half a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts or half a smoothie are all good last-minute options to keep your blood sugar at bay if you find yourself starving 15 minutes before class.
I’m too fat:
First, you need an attitude adjustment! Not a single yoga class requires the prerequisite of being skinny, bendy, anorexic, athletic, or strong. In fact, if you’re complaining about being too fat, the perfect place for you to be is in a yoga class.
I’m too poor:
Nope, I’m not even going to give you this one. You don’t have to spend any money! Check out YouTube. Buy a DVD. Trade your skills with a yoga teacher friend. Find a donation class. Poor people practice yoga too. Believe me.
I’m too sad:
Yoga makes people happy.
I have too much energy:
Well wouldn’t you know it, yoga has a cure for that too. Choose an upbeat class like Power Yoga or a Vinyasa flow and, though it sounds counterintuitive, try some meditation to focus all your energy into efficient productivity. Now you’ve solved multiple problems. Yoga is kind of a super power like that.
I don’t want to:
Yeah, neither do I. Isn’t discipline a b*tch? Luckily yoga teaches a little something about that too. Also, see “I’m too lazy.”
I’m too scared:
Practice in the privacy of your own home without anyone seeing, hearing, watching, or hovering over you. And remember, yoga is an equal opportunity exercise. No judgment allowed.
I don’t know what I’m doing:
The good news is, no one does. The bad news is you’ll never really know. But the other really good news is that yoga teaches you to accept the unknown, be content with where you’re at and what you do know and move forward with confidence.
I don’t have a teacher or a studio:
The Internet can teach you. There is such thing as online studios these days.
I don’t feel well:
Okay, you got me. If you really don’t feel well, you should listen to your body and do what’s best. But, if you have trouble listening to your body, you should head to a yoga class once you feel better.