Yoga for Everyone: A Beginner's Guide - Wholesome Life Journal

Yoga for Everyone: A Beginner’s Guide

Are you among those people, and let’s be honest, there are a lot of them, who believe that for one reason or another you just can’t do yoga?

Maybe you think you weigh too much. Or maybe you just don’t think you’re flexible enough.

Well, guess what…anyone, including you, can do yoga.

Let’s take a look at the common reasons for staying away from yoga and how you can conquer them.

“I’m Not Flexible Enough To Do Yoga”

To be frank, most people aren’t flexible. Most people spend the majority of  their lives sitting down.

This shortens muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

The outcome is that there’s no chance you’re going to be able to touch your toes. (at first) The good news is that with time and a bit of tolerance you can boost your flexibility and yoga is the BEST way to accomplish this.

In fact, you can go from someone who can’t touch their toes to the having the ability to bend yourself into a human pretzel with commitment to your yoga practice. It all begins with support and a little of assistance.

So you can’t touch your toes; so what? Can you keep two blocks on the ground and touch those? Can you touch your knees? It’s all about setting a baseline of what you CAN do now and then making the effort to improve over time.

“I’m carrying too much around the middle to be able to do Yoga”

As the population grows (we’re talking girth here, not a population of people), more and more yoga studios are giving classes designed especially for overweight people to help get them to more advanced levels.

You may have to change the poses to suit your present fitness level and size but that’s just ok.

Almost all new yoga students must do some kind of changes to the poses. Don’t let your weight pull you back. Yoga can assist you to lose weight, boost your endurance and strength, and help you love your body while feeling great.

“I’ve been sick for a while and probably shouldn’t start right now”

Chronic state like chronic fatigue, arthritis, and even breathing conditions stop many people from doing yoga. This is sad because yoga can actually help resolve your condition and lessen, or even alleviate symptoms.

For instance, arthritis is painful; however, the regular movement often reduces the pain.

Chronic fatigue can be a condition, yet when you get the blood circulating through your muscles and tissues it can assist balance your energy and release positive, healthy, hormones that make you feel great and allow you to enjoy life more.

Even people going through the extremes like chemotherapy can benefit from yoga.

The key is to select a yoga that fits your present health and fitness level. Begin with a light beginner’s class; consider Hatha for a basic start that’s easy to learn. Find a trainer that is compassionate and start enjoying the unlimited benefits of yoga.

In no time you will be feeling great, looking better, and happier.

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