Joining any new class can be daunting, especially when it's something like yoga which can come with so many stereotypes & expectations.
Do you need to have done it before? Do you need to be flexible? Will you enjoy it? Will you feel out of your depth?
We could answer some of these questions for you, but we thought it would be better for you to hear it from someone who wondered the very same things. Matt came to Warrior & Wild for the first time in January, taking part in our first Yoga for Men Course with Huw & it's safe to say he hasn't looked back since! Read about his full experience with Yoga for Men & the classes that followed below...
My yoga journey all started one night in January when my Wife noticed a post for the new Yoga for Men’s course at Warrior & Wild and said ‘you should try that, you would enjoy it!’.
I had been looking for something to do alongside my regular swimming and have always been intrigued by Yoga, (as my Wife always says how good it is for her bad back and also how relaxing she finds it at the end of a busy day).
Before now, I had never had the confidence to go to a class as a complete newbie.
This Men’s Yoga course appeared to be just what I was looking for - everyone would be on the same level, so there would be no expectations to be able to do anything too tricky or have any prior Yoga knowledge, so I booked up that evening.
Well, I have to say Huw the instructor is one of those people who puts you at ease from the moment you meet him.
Huw explained at the start of the first class that the course would be about giving us the basic Yoga tools to be able to go to any other class and not feel like you don’t belong there. He takes things at the right pace and is very good at explaining how he wants you to do something, but he also knows when to push things a bit to keep things interesting.
Week by week, he introduced new moves to build on our general Yoga knowledge, which in turn gives you the confidence to push yourself more and more as the weeks go by. At the end of the six-week course he said to all of us, ‘off you go then, you are all more than capable of taking part in any Yoga class, as you now have the basics moves that are part of any Yoga class’.
I have to say I wasn’t totally convinced, but I took him at his word and I haven’t looked back.
As part of the course, we each received a 7-day unlimited class pass – I used this straight away and I am now about 1 week into the 30 days for £30 introductory offer.
To date I have tried Hatha, Family Yoga, Yoga Flow, Yoga Strong and the longer Sunday morning sessions. When taking part in all of these classes I have not at any point felt out of my depth - yes some of the moves can be a little bit trickier than others but we all need a challenge once in while don’t we?
One added benefit that I wasn’t expecting was a better quality of sleep after classes, also the range of movement that you slowly begin to achieve has improved my swimming times, which has been a great surprise.
One other benefit, which is kind of hard to explain is the general feeling of well-being that I get after completing a class, which I have not experienced with any other form of exercise that I have tried.
The whole set up at Warrior & Wild is very supportive and inviting, and not once have I felt uncomfortable or out of my depth. Everyone is very sociable & there are no expectations from the instructors or the other member of the class.
The studio is a nice place to be and very organised - if you are unsure about anything or need advice about what the various classes are about and what to expect, Courtenay and all the instructors are very helpful.
Yoga is my thing now, and I would highly recommend you giving it a go if you are considering it, you won’t regret it!