You Don’t Have to Be Flexible to Do Yoga

You Don't Have to Be Flexible to Do YogaI think it’s funny when people say you have to be super bendy to do yoga. It’s kind of the other way around. Doing yoga makes you more bendy and flexible.

I love yoga. And I need to practice more often. But, to be honest, I’m not very flexible.

It takes me an hour of stretching before I can bend forward and touch my toes. I don’t have the arm strength (yet!) to do inversions and I can’t twist my body into pretzel shapes.

But, I still go to yoga class and love the relaxing stretches.

Yoga isn’t about how deep you can get into a pose on your first try or looking like a gymnast. Yoga is about making time for yourself, relaxing and finding your own level of personal improvement after each class or session.

I learned early on not to compare myself to the people around me in yoga class. After all, one lady I admire is old enough to be my mother, twice my weight and looks like Gumby on the mat. She’s amazing! Just because I can’t do what she does, doesn’t mean I’m not benefiting from the class.

I often use yoga blocks and pose modifications to get into comfortable positions. Why? Because I’m just not that flexible — yet!

Until next time,
Choose healthy!
Angela

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