Do you have a hard time with doing something as simple as touching your toes, and know that you’re not nearly as flexible as you should be in order to do yoga? A lot of people are in this very same position, and end up avoiding yoga at all costs because they think they can’t do it. The truth is, flexibility is something that you learn during the process of this activity, and not something you have to already have. Just as you will build your strength and muscle tone, you will also build your ability to stretch in different ways. Of course this will take some time, but doing it slowly is important if you want to avoid being injured.
Yoga and Flexibility
It’s a common misconception that you have to be able to touch your toes, do the splits and bend in crazy ways in order to even begin doing yoga. Fortunately this is not the way things are, as yoga allows you to learn different positions over the course of time. The key is to start off slowly and work your way up, because if you start out at the hardest level, then you are only going to get discouraged (and feel like you can’t move the next day). When you start out at the beginner levels you are going to learn what your limits are pretty quickly, and it’s important to respect those so you don’t get hurt. During your class you will practice doing different stretches that will eventually increase your flexibility considerably.
The stretches that you start out with are going to be very basic, but they are designed to get your body used to doing different movements. You’re not going to be doing any of those crazy pretzel-ninja moves you might see in magazines or movies, so don’t expect to be starting with anything crazy right from the start. One of the biggest benefits of going to a class in person is that you have a teacher who is going to give you tips, and they are going to make sure you’re not doing anything that is out of your comfort zone. These teachers know that you are not a pro when it comes to this, and they don’t expect you to be. They want you to listen to your body, and to push yourself only a little bit so you’re stretching out just enough to make a difference.
Exceeding Your Goals
Believe it or not, you will eventually become incredibly flexible as you move through the different stages of doing yoga. Even if you couldn’t come close to touching your toes in the past, you will be able to (and so much more), once you’re experienced. This is because this exercise focuses on listening to your body, and building your core strength as well as flexibility. Don’t push yourself too much; take things at your own pace so that you are comfortable with doing different moves. If you follow this rule, then you will end up being able to do a lot of things you might have never thought were possible!