Is yoga really for everyone?
At first glance I look like a regular yogini. I’m thin, fairly limber, and can pop into crane pose with great delight. Yet ask me to do the most famous of all yoga postures …lotus pose, and I will have to decline. You see, you can’t judge a book by its cover, and although I am a yoga teacher I don’t have a perfect body. In fact, my structural anatomy from the hips down is a mess. The necks of both my femur bones rotate inward which not only makes me knock kneed, but also pigeon toed. Any posture that requires the hips and knees may need to be modified for me to access that posture. And you know what?.. I am okay with that…and that is the point of this post. Anyone can do yoga if you apply the principle of adaption and modification. What that means is that yoga can be modified to anyone’s unique conditions, needs, physical limitations, and interests.
Modifications are done by the use of props such as: blocks, bolsters straps, chairs, blankets, or even a wall. The use of props has made it possible for someone like me, and countless others to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Below are just a few reasons why you might want to give yoga a try.
7 Benefits of Yoga
1. Increases Flexibility
2. Strengthens Muscles
3. Improves Balance
4. Improves Immunity
5. Promotes Weight Loss
6. Relaxes the Nervous System
7. Increase your overall sense of well-being
Still not sure if yoga is really for you? Visit a class, and talk to a yoga teacher. Don’t let what you perceive as limitation keep you from giving yoga a try. If I had, I certainly would not be teaching yoga today.