Yoga is for EVERY Body!
I used to think that yoga is only done by young people with lean, strong bodies. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth! Absolutely everyone can benefit from doing yoga. After all, yoga is for every body! I first found yoga after dealing with some health issues, and over the years have resumed my practice whenever I need to boost my strength or flexibility. I’ve noticed that most people don’t start with lean, strong bodies — they develop them after maintaining a yoga practice. Here’s what I’ve learned about incorporating a yoga practice into your routine — no matter your age or ability.
Do What You Can
I’m not going to beat around the bush, yoga can be difficult when you’re a beginner. I remember feeling sore in all sorts of places I didn’t even realize I had muscles! I initially felt a little embarrassed that I couldn’t do many of the poses, but I did what I could and slowly was able to do the poses properly.
Don’t be nervous to ask the teacher for feedback on how you can adapt the yoga pose to your level or about how to work around an injury. The teacher is there to help you with your yoga practice, and they’ve seen it all!
Don’t Be Afraid To Use Props
Yoga props like blocks and straps were created to help beginners ease into the yoga poses. When I started using yoga props, I noticed how much easier it was to get into certain positions, and they helped to tighten my loose muscles. Most people start their yoga journey by using yoga props and many teachers will give you alternate ways to do poses or help you sort out your props. Even after doing yoga for a while, I still need to use props on occasion!
Don’t Forget To Breathe
One of the main reasons I do yoga is to decrease stress and feel a sense of calmness. Yoga truly helps me tune in to my body and soul to help me feel empowered in every aspect of my life. So, even if you’re just beginning your yoga practice and are not flexible or strong (yet!) simply taking the time to stretch your body out on your yoga mat and breathe deeply will have incredible benefits for your mental health, as well as your physical health.
Try a Variety of Yoga Classes
DO ONLINE YOGA CLASSES
Virtual yoga classes have been a great way to start and maintain my yoga practice. Not only are online yoga classes more convenient but doing classes in the comfort of my own home feels a lot more comfortable and convenient.
Asana at Home offers a great variety of virtual yoga classes. The teachers are all experienced in working with all ages and abilities and are extremely supportive. I highly recommend starting your yoga journey by checking out a class or two.
Author and Yogi Erika Palmer