Most of us have this misconception that to do yoga, one has to have a flexible body. However, the fact is, flexibility is not that necessary. In fact, a regular practice of yoga makes your body flexible. Yoga is for everyone, irrespective of size, sex, age or flexibility.
Studies have proved that yoga can enhance one’s flexibility, strength, balance and body posture. Sitting up straight (i.e. keeping your spine straight while sitting) helps in improving your posture. Physical strength and flexibility can be gained through continuous effort and practice.
Here are a few tips to follow if you think that your body is not flexible enough to do yoga :-
- Start with simple asanas
Here are a few appropriate asanas that will help you to build up your physical flexibility :-
- Tadasana :-
- Stand straight on your feet.
- Keep your arms at your side. The palms should be facing forwards.
- With deep breathing, gently pull your arms upwards and gradually bring your palms in front of your chest, pressing them towards each other.
- Standing side lean :-
- After the tadasana, gradually move your arms upwards above your head.
- Now, being in this position, lean sideways to your right, hinging your upper body on your waist. Hold for 5 seconds.
- Repeat this to the left side.
- Utkatasana :-
- Come back to the tadasana pose.
- From this pose, pull your arms back and forth and inhale deeply.
- As you exhale, bend your knees and lower your hips.
- The entire body weight of your body should be on your heels.
- Parvatasana :-
- Start on all your fours.
- As you inhale deeply, slowly arch your body upwards, your hips should face the ceiling.
- When you exhale, slowly lower your body, putting all your weight on your forearms and toes.
- This is called the plank pose.
- Break difficult asanas into easy ones :-
- Try taking a break between difficult asanas.
- Balasana relieves your muscles of all strains.
- You can practice asanas that include stretching, by stretching as much as you can.
- You can also use props to help your body develop stability and balance.
- Chairs and tables can also be used for doing difficult asanas.
People generally picture a person possessing unimaginable flexibility, when they come across the term yoga. However, this is not exactly what yoga is all about. Yoga plays a vitally important role in enhancing mindfulness and stability of an individual in all spheres of life. To do yoga, all you need is the drive and want to do it. Once you makeup your mind to include yoga practice in your everyday routine, nothing can stop you, be it your age or body type.