I second that notion, Inner Athlete : )
Sarrvah & Kelly,
Have no fear…you can do it! Approach the class like an experiment, see if this particular style works for you…try other classes 'til you know what works best. Every student is different, as is every teacher.
Yoga is a personal journey. It does not serve our highest good to judge ourselves against another student’s progress…
We each must start somewhere…so, congratulations on taking that first important step!!!
As a Yoga teacher myself, I often see first-time students come into my class apprehensive and nervous…[I]90 minutes!?![/I] they think they’ll never make it…I always let them know my class is for all levels and my style is about gentle empowerment…I take time with each pose and focus on breath, alignment and relaxation…and yes, they sweat and feel challenged, but in such an uplifting, invigorating way that they don’t notice the time fly by…(I do, of course, because I would love to keep going for hours and hours…once you are warm, you can just keep going deeper and deeper…). Alas, they all make it through, smiling and deep breathing the whole way, opening and releasing…and after the final meditation, they float out of class, radiating with a sense of peaceful joy.
I never push, only encourage. Every one has their own process…so, find and trust in yours. The appropriate teacher will know just how to enhance your growth. Also, be sure to tell them up front about any health concerns or injuries that you may have…this is imperative! Most importantly, keep practicing…the more you give to your practice, the more your practice gives to you…and always remember to breathe, smile and relax!
This is not a sprint…this is a marathon. : )
Best wishes to both of you…let us know how it goes!
*Oh, yes…and the day after you might feel a little sore because you are opening your body in ways that you may not used to; this is normal. A warm shower and some light stretching can often be helpful…