What if I’m not flexible for yoga?

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Beginners, Stretching, Yoga | 7 Comments

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A common misconception for people fearing their first yoga class is, ‘what if I’m not flexible enough?!’ This is a strong reason why it’s a good idea to give it a go, you can go a long way with it. Yoga is however, also much more than just stretching and strengthening the body.

When I started on my yoga and Pilates journey 4 years ago, when I tried to bend over to touch my toes, I could barely even get past my knees! Many years of running, kickboxing, weight training, netball, hockey and other such activities had left my flexibility in a stiff state. 4 years on and well, you’re reading this from my website so you can see how bendy I’ve now become! Not only bendy but the strongest it’s ever been.

Yoga and Pilates are intelligent and scientific approaches to making the most of the body, stretching the antagonist muscles while you work deeper to strengthen it’s agonist; always utilising the fact that our muscles work in pairs. If you take a look at either of these activities and the mechanics they use, it can unveil to you just how beneficial they are for the whole body, mind and spirit; what you can get out of life as the potentially sweet package it is.

The key to not feeling like an idiot in a yoga class when you’re new is to
1) find a good teacher who breaks down each posture to enable even the stiffest of bodies to make the most of where they’re at and
2) leave any judgement of how you or anyone else (able or unable) is doing outside of the class, or even better yet, stick any judgement in a box for a while and see how great you are without it

Long and short, YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE – if you’re less bendy right now, it just means it’s easier for you to find the place which will help you to focus without yet having to tie yourself up in crazy knots to find the same lesson! 😉

7 Comments

  1. JP
    November 29, 2013

    I’m really diggin’ your approach to yoga and pilates =D

    gonna save some coin so your class i may join 😉

    peace

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    • christinesuzuki
      November 29, 2013

      Thank you!! Very much appreciate your kind words :) First class is only ever £5 so drop down if that helps! Much love and light to you :)

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    • Shirley
      March 10, 2017

      I apaticepre you taking to time to contribute That’s very helpful.

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  2. Alex
    November 30, 2013

    It’s as if you read my mind, Christine! Lol
    In all seriousness, JP, do it… And make Christine your teacher!
    I have a sneaking feeling, Christine, that you may have written this piece in response to my continued delaying of my induction and protestations that that I can’t reach my back… But having finally started, JP, I find myself wanting more… Already practicing bits and pieces in spare moments here and there!
    Oh, and I’m not the typical kind of body shake that might spring to mind as a yoga enthusiast!

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    • christinesuzuki
      December 1, 2013

      Thank you Alex :) Yes trying and testing the path is the only way to get to where you intend. With regular practice, anything is possible 😉 You’re doing great!

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      • Tracen
        March 10, 2017

        Great arcteli, thank you again for writing.

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  3. Egypt
    March 10, 2017

    If you wrote an article about life we’d all reach ennethtilmeng.

    Reply

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