Can’t Do Yoga? That’s what I thought too, but you can, and I can too.
I was given a month’s membership to http://www.myyogaonline.com/ and at first, I wasn’t sure I should do it. I have some major skeletal issues, but I’m also sick of not feeling strong and knew I had to do something! Then when I was reviewing the site before taking the free offer, I saw that they also offer dance classes and that cinched the deal for me. I’m a former belly dancer!
Here are some of the common concerns about starting yogo – I had these worries too.
Not Flexible Enough
To be honest, most people aren’t flexible. Most people spend their lives sitting down. This shortens muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The result is that there’s no chance in hell that you’re going to be able to touch your toes. The good news is that with time and a bit of patience you can improve your flexibility through yoga.
In fact, you can go from someone who can’t touch their toes to someone with the the ability to bend yourself into a human pretzel if you are dedicated to your yoga practice. It all begins with bolsters and a bit of assistance. So you can’t touch your toes; so what? Can you place two blocks on the ground and touch those? Can you touch your knees? Yoga is infinitely modifiable to anyone’s current flexibility level and it will help you improve your flexibility quite quickly.
As the population increases in size (we’re talking girth here, not number of people), more and more yoga studios are offering classes designed specifically for this population. You may have to modify the poses to suit your current fitness level and size but that’s just fine. Almost every new yoga student has to do some sort of modifications to the poses. Don’t let your weight hold you back. Yoga can help you lose weight, improve your endurance and strength, and make you more comfortable in your body.
Chronic conditions like chronic fatigue, arthritis, and even respiratory conditions prevent many people from trying yoga. This is unfortunate because yoga can actually improve your condition and reduce or even alleviate symptoms.
For example, arthritis is painful; however, regular movement often reduces the pain. Chronic fatigue can be debilitating, yet when you get the blood circulating through your muscles and tissues it can help balance your energy and release positive, healthy, hormones that make you feel better and have more vitality.
Even people undergoing chemotherapy can benefit from yoga. The key is to choose a yoga that fits your present health and fitness level. Start with a gentle beginner’s class; try Hatha for a basic approach that’s easy to learn.
What I’m loving about My Yoga Online is that I can do it in the privacy of my own home. I don’t have to worry about passing gass when I bend over into the downward dog pose since I’m at home alone in my room.