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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 it. I first found yoga after dealing with health issues, and over the years have resumed my practice whenever I need to boost my strength or flexibility. 

Most people don’t start with lean, strong bodies — they develop them after maintaining a constant practice. Here’s what I (a middle aged woman) 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 after a practice feeling sore in all sorts of places . In places I didn’t even realize i had muscles. 

Initially, I felt a little embarrassed that I couldn’t do many of the poses. But I kept at it and did what I could. In time I was able to do the poses properly. 

Don’t be nervous to ask the teacher questions on how you can adapt a yoga pose to your ability or an injury. The teacher is there to help you with your practice, and they’ve seen it all!

Women with eyes closed practicing yoga in living room. Sitting crossed legs with eyes closed and hands joined in prayer. Yoga for everybody
Breathing is the essence of the pracitce

Don’t Forget To Breathe

One of the main reasons I do yoga is to decrease stress and feel a sense of calmness. It truly helps me tune in to my body and soul to help me feel empowered in my life. 

So, if you find that the poses are a struggle, simply take the time to stretch your body out on your mat and breathe deeply. This simple exercise offers incredible benefits for your mental and physical health.

Yoga Props are Your Friends

Yoga props like blocks and straps were created to help practitioners access or enhance a pose.  After using yoga props, it was much easier to get into certain positions.  Also, they helped tighten my loose muscles. 

Many people starting the practice use props. Skilled  teachers will provide pose modifications and instruction on using props. Even after doing yoga for a while, I use props on occasion.

Try a Variety of Yoga Classes

Before I started doing yoga, I had heard of a few different types,  but was surprised to learn how many different types of yoga classes there are.  Simply there is a class and style for everyone. Plus, each teacher has a unique style of teaching these classes and styles. 

After doing a few different online yoga classes, I found the styles that worked best for me. However since it’s so easy to access a variety online classes, I will try new ones as my interests and needs change.  

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Class Variety is the Spice of Life

Online Yoga Classes Offer Convenience and Variety

Virtual yoga classes have been a great way to start and maintain my practice. Not only are online yoga classes more convenient but doing classes in the comfort of my own home feels a lot more comfortable.

Asana at Home offers a great variety of online yoga classes. The teachers are all experienced in working with all ages and abilities and are extremely supportive. I highly recommend starting yourw journey by checking out a class or two.

Author and Yogi Erika Palmer

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