Many new-beginners in yoga are not flexible like pretzels or smoothe like cats. They are just like you and me, having their own body constitution and abilities that are unique to them. Many think they can´t sit on the yoga mat or do different kind of yoga poses and maybe that is so or maybe not. First of all you don´t know until you´ve tried but also there are so many aspects of what yoga is about.
Here are 5 things to consider if you think you are too stiff or too unfit to do yoga.
We are all different
We are all different and unique beings. Some are flexible from birth others are not. Some have disabilities others have other issues. Comparing ourself with others is a waste of time. You are unique in every aspect and what matters is what you are doing and how you are feeling at the moment. So my advice to you being in a yoga class or doing yoga at home is to close your eyes, go deep within yourself and focus in the present only on yourself what´s happening right now.
Don´t hesitate using support on the yoga mat. Yoga should not hurt, Yes it can be strenuous some times but it should not be painful. So if you can´t sit directly on the yoga mat, sit on a pillow, if you can´t sit on a pillow sit on a chair. If you can´t to the yoga pose it´s always possible to modify the pose to your own abilities.
As many other practices it´s all about repetition. It is when you´re doing yoga on a regular basis that you´ll start to notice the difference in your body and in your flexibility. Observe what´s going on inside yourself and notice the shift in your body and mind. This is a very exciting journey! Doing yoga once a week is great according to studies, but doing it more often is even better!
I think we take life way too serious most of the time. Have fun when you do yoga and laugh when things go right and wrong. Laughing more is good for health, even when you do yoga!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”