Being a beginner at something can be daunting, It can bring up memories of childhood, school days when we feel apprehension towards starting something new. I was a shy child, ridiculously shy that it stopped me from trying new things, I liked doing my own thing and often played alone, I liked my own company and my own comfort zones, not a lot has changed! But what has changed is Im still that wild child inside but Im a little more open to the experiences of life.
Is this something that can be learned? I believe we can achieve anything we put our mind too, I also feel that with experience its easy to notice how much the mind can talk us out of something, even positive experiences... our mind starts to linger, chatter in the background and suddenly you find yourself walking away from that bungie jump.
Starting is everything, even if we fail, fall, are rubbish, at least we can know that we gave it a good go.
Starting a yoga practice can bring up all sorts of emotions, questions and wandering thoughts..."what If I look stupid?", "I cant touch my toes!", "What if I fall asleep"... "I cant balance", "I don't know how to turn my brain off"... these are a few things that I BET have popped into your head...but it's all part of the process we go through when trying ANYTHING we know nothing about.
Just to clear up the questions above...
You wont look stupid in yoga, sure it might highlight our ego or/and insecurities, but what we notice after the first few classes is that everyone in the class is unique, beautifully individual and on their own journey. We all have our own reasons for practicing, it could be based just on the physical benefits, some people attend for mental clarity and to de-stress, some people want to connect to themselves after experiencing trauma, anxiety or depression, whatever the reasons we are there for what we can all collectively take from the sessions is compassion towards ourselves and others, respect and acceptance that shines from being human. We honour our weaknesses, strengths and we show up on the mat. Thats all that matters.
You don't need to touch your toes to do yoga, that the whole point of starting it. You do not need to be flexible to do yoga, it's something you learn along the way. Some poses we can do, some poses we cant and thats okay! Over time we learn that it's much more than the postures and it's the process of getting into the posture that teaches us the lessons.