Every time I tell anyone I practice yoga or that I am a yoga teacher, I often hear one of three things: “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.” “I want to try yoga.” “I don’t like yoga.”
Yoga can be done, in addition to, your current exercise program or it can be done on its own. The benefits of yoga are well known and highly regarded, as it has been around for over 5,000 years.
The Sanskrit definition of yoga means “yoke”, “union”, or “connection”. Yoga is a practice that is based on a harmonizing development of the body, mind, and spirit of individuals. Who wouldn’t benefit from this? So, if you’ve wanted to try yoga, go for it.
Now, for those who believe they are not flexible enough to do yoga, try it anyway. You may be surprised at what your body can do. All you need is an open mind and heart to start, that’s it. Come to yoga class, open to learning and accepting where you are at that moment, nothing else. When you make comments about not being flexible or not being able to sit quietly…you are judging yourself, which is never helpful and is self-defeating.
Yoga is a practice of compassion and self-love. It promotes accepting where you are, without judgment, because you are unique and should honor your body. Don’t compare yourself to people who can do fancy and challenging poses, where they are has nothing to do with you. Also, those people more than likely spent a great deal of time, maybe even years, practicing for those poses.
The most important advice I can give you: Start.Where.YOU.Are.
Yoga has changed my life for the better and I would not trade it for anything. So tell me, have you taken yoga classes before? How did you like it? How was your experience? If you did it and stopped, why?