Intimidated about not being flexible and not being able to bend your body like those yogis out there? Don’t worry — yoga is about more than contorting your body into strange shapes. And that means anyone can try it!
Thinking that you need to be flexible is a common misconception about yoga. The truth is, yoga is an ancient practice that encompasses many different elements beyond the poses you may be familiar with. Most yoga practices also focus on your breath, mindset and overall well-being. That makes yoga a practice that can truly benefit anybody — no matter how old you are, what shape you’re in or what physical challenges you have.
Here are 2 easy ways to get started:
Start with the breath
The foundation of yoga is deep, steady breathing. The reason is because your breath connects your mind and body.
Take a few moments to observe your breath. Maybe you’re breathing rapidly or holding your breath. Try to gently lengthen the breath on each inhale and exhale. It may help to count silently to four when you inhale and count down from four when you exhale.
Gradually lengthen your breaths to a count of five on the inhale and exhale. This will tell your body, to relax. Your heart rate will slow, and your neck, shoulders and jaw will start to relax.
Go back to basics
When you see photos and videos of yoga, you’re probably seeing the most complicated poses performed by experienced yoga teachers. But the beauty of yoga is in the basics. Establish a strong base of movements that you can do with steadiness and ease. Some basic poses to start with include child’s pose, cat and cow pose, mountain pose, warrior two pose, bridge pose and tree pose.
As you try the yoga poses, remember to incorporate your breath practice. It should be easy for you to breathe while you do the poses. If you can breathe well, you know you’re in the best position for you. As you challenge yourself, see what benefits you notice — physical, mental or emotional.
I’ve included a couple of Adriene Mishler’s Videos for beginners, Adriene is a yoga teacher based out of Austin, TX. She is co-founder of Find What Feels Good, a growing online library of Yoga and Yoga Lifestyle tools to encourage you to be authentic, do your best and find what feels good.
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