"I AM NOT FLEXIBLE ENOUGH FOR YOGA." SOUND FAMILIAR?
Saying you are not flexible enough for yoga, is like saying you are too dirty to have a shower. Sounds ridiculous doesn't it?
Here are my top 3 Yoga nuggets to help you move past the excuse "I am not flexible enough for yoga".
TIGHT PEOPLE NEED YOGA THE MOST
If you have tight muscles and you want to loosen them up, what should you do? Stretch them out right? You don't have to jump on google to work that one out.
Yoga is a great way to build flexibility in the body. It works with various postures that allow opening in body hot spots such as the:
Lower back and Upper back
It also allows the spine to move in a more natural way. Our spines are designed to move left to right, forwards and backwards and rotate from side to side. Yet most of our day the spine is used only in a restricted forward and back motion. When we keep the spine supple by moving it in all different ways on a regular basis, we slow down the aging process of the body. As we age we loose the suppleness of the spine and everything in the body starts collapsing in around it. That's why older people seem to shrink!
YOU WILL LEAVE FEELING CALMER AND MORE CENTRED
In our modern way of life, the body is in a constant state of stimulation. We are taking in information from multiple sources at any given time (internet, TV, people, tasks). We have become so good at multitasking that our nervous system defaults in to a 'fight or flight' response most of our day. Some people are so jacked up that they stay in this state most of the night tossing and turning and waking up exhausted and frustrated.
Attending a yoga class allows you to stop the multitasking, connect to your body and begin to slow down the nervous system. In addition to this particular poses are actually designed to slow down the nervous system. Bringing it in to the 'rest and digest' response. This is literally where we are able to restore and digest everything that we put in to the body and the mind.
Simply put. It jams on the breaks. Allows you to slow down.
THE PHYSICAL ACT OF YOGA (ASANA) IS NOT THE WHOLE STORY
Yoga is a 5000 year old tradition. It is not a religion, it is not just a stretching class but rather a philosophy and a way of life. So what does that mean exactly?
Yoga encompasses a whole set of guidelines and philosophies to assist people in living a healthy and mindful life. It covers things such as body cleansing practices, breathing exercises and meditation plus processes to assist you have a better relationship with the people in your life (including yourself). It provides various guidelines called Yamas and Niyamas which offer advice on how to journey through life ethically.
It is impossible to get the FULL benefits of Yoga out of a one hour class but it can start to scratch at the surface. The modern teacher can weave these principles throughout the class to give you a taste of the depth of wisdom available to you. You are offered a space to contemplate and observe your actions and thoughts. The joy of this modern era is that you can then pursue any areas of interest further yourself. You can read books, read blogs, do courses, travel and attend a yoga retreat or simply start to weave the principles through your own life off the mat.