Whether you are new to yoga or experienced, keep in mind that yoga should never be a competition.
Practice for yourself and to become the best you can be. Push yourself to change and grow, to come out of your comfort zone, even to fall every now and then without worrying about what others think. We are here to learn and grow, not judge.
We want to develop what is known as the “growth mindset.” According to Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”
So start where you are. Do not worry if you are not flexible or strong. With hard work and dedication you can change that. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That’s how we learn. No one expects you to know everything or to be able to do everything. We are changing our mindsets, not just our bodies.
You can learn more about the idea of growth mindset (versus a fixed mindset) here: