Many who are new to yoga don't believe they're getting their money's worth if they don't sweat bullets and push themselves to the brink of total exhaustion in every class.
Part of this may be that people are so time-strapped these days they feel they need to get a full week's worth of exercise in just one hour. And, if that hour just happens to be yoga class: oww!
But . . . do you think you deserve one hour a week devoted simply to letting go? Could you carve out that hour by reducing slightly your recreational time on the internet or watching tv? Could this be a worthwhile experiment? Giving this kind of experiment a 6-week try at Yogam Saranam would set you back only $48, and there are many other yoga studios throughout the Chicago area that offer a once-a-week low-cost community class.
For more about the concept of learning to let go and release stress through the medium of hatha yoga, check out this great article by Susi Hately Aldous.
And, remember, you can take a moment to breathe anywhere and at any time. Just focus your attention inward, take a slow deep abdominal breath to the mental count of three,and exhale to a mental count of three. Lather, rinse, and repeat.