Good Morning Yogis!
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning in Kent and as the summer draws to an end, these warm sunny days really do become special.
September is a great month for Yoga! Its also a busy time for Yomutra. I am starting a couple of new classes both beginner and intermediate and the subject of ‘flexibility’ popped into my head. For a long time, Yoga has been known as the way to be more like Stretch Armstrong, but is this good?
Well…. not entirely! People, through no fault of their own, seem to think you already have to be a certain level of stretchy to even dare come through the door. If I had £1 for every person that says to me, OH no I can’t do yoga – I can’t even touch my toes… I’d be on a beach with a Martini right now.
Lets bust this Myth!!! – Yoga is not about touching your toes… There you go – done!
Yoga is a self practice, emphasis on self.. it is great that we all work together in the class to get into shapes but actually it’s more about you and your body. Inevitably, over time you’ll gain some flexibility practicing yoga but, you’ll also gain strength and for many people, and I mean many, it’s not even that healthy to push their bodies into shapes so deeply that they can fold in half. It throws the body off balance and can hurt the joints. It’s individual, meaning every single person is different.
So how can Yoga teachers accommodate a group class where everyone is different?
They can simply let people know that they are the BOSS of their own bodies.. Each person has the ability to communicate and listen to what their body is saying. Some people want to stretch out tight hamstrings as they run a lot and some people want to strengthen hamstrings to get stronger legs, these two people stand right next to each other.
The physical side of yoga is almost it’s facade, it’s way of luring you in – our first point of contact with life is the physical, we sometimes ache and hurt and everyone needs some physical care be what it may. You know what though? Yoga will soon show you that there is more to it than meets the hamstring! It’s becoming more and more important to find ways to stay connected to our essence, our souls, slower practices and keep calm as it were. Yoga can offer you a way to find your calm, peace and quiet in a very busy world.
So if you can’t touch your toes, please – DO try YOGA!!!