You may have a few concerns about whether or not yoga is right for you. Flexibility being one of them. But flexibility is not a prerequisite to beginning a yoga practice. And good news, you are not the only one that might be wondering whether or not you can do yoga if you are not flexible. The short answer to this question is: Yes, you can do yoga if you are not flexible. If this is one of the reasons holding you back from beginning a yoga practice, I would like to share with you why beginning a yoga practice might be just right for you.
Flexibility is important for your mobility as you age.
According to the Harvard Health Letter, stretching regularly is important for our "mobility and independence" in the long run. By stretching you are keeping "the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy". We need flexibility to maintain range of motion for our joints, otherwise our muscles may "shorten and become tight". Without maintaining our range of motion, we put our bodies "at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage." "For example, sitting in a chair all day results in tight hamstrings in the back of the thigh. That can make it harder to extend your leg or straighten your knee all the way, which inhibits walking."
Nobody is judging you, and if they are, who cares!
The great thing about having a yoga practice is that it is your own. Students are usually so focused on themselves in the room that they might not even notice you or your degree of flexibility. The range of motion that a beginner comes to their first yoga practice with varies drastically. Some people come in naturally flexible, or with years of experience in some sort of flexibility training. Others come in without being able to touch their toes. Whichever way you come in to your yoga practice is perfect. Every day you practice you will be amazed at how much your body will be able to do overtime.
Our instructors are here to help you meet your body where it's at.
The instructors at True You Hot Yoga are all trained and here to help you on your yoga journey. We encourage you to go where your body can go on that particular day. Gaining flexibility requires patience. We want you to be able to feel better in the body you live in and leave class feeling better than when you first walked in. That is truly the main goal! Leaving feeling healthier and vibrant. So this does not mean that you have to twist yourself into a pretzel shape on any day that you step on your mat. If you do, fantastic! If you don't, perfect! It just means that we want you to have a fulfilling experience where you can leave feeling happy and accomplished. Basically, we are here to help you "do you".