#1 Yoga Excuse: “But I can’t do Yoga; I’m not flexible!”
Would you say “Well, I can’t got to the Gym because I’m not fit.” ? NO. You wouldn’t. Same thing. See?
When many of us think of Yoga or see an image that we recognize as someone in a Yoga posture, we tend to think of the super stretchy, pretzel shapes. Those skinny bodies that can flip from one pose another with ease and strength..sort of like a Transformer Toy. But quieter. Right?
But that is not most of us. We may wear couture clothing or the latest styles but we are not runway models. We may enjoy sports, but we don’t have to be Olympic athletes. Sure, we like to dance but we aren’t in a professional dance company….you get the picture. That is not the majority of people who practice Yoga. You can be inspired by others, but you don’t have to be them.
What IS true is that Yoga is for EVERYONE, because Yoga meets you exactly where you are. Any pressure to be more or different is not coming from outside, but from you–from inside. Any good teacher will honor you as an individual -with all your challenges and strengths- and encourage you to explore your practice in a way that it unfolds with respect to who and where you are.
Yoga has been around a long time. The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic circles.
Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. Yoga had it first “boom” in the Western Hemisphere in the 1970’s/80’s as a form of physical exercise.Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core. Which brings us to the other top excuse for not doing yoga:
“I can’t do Yoga because I can’t sit still.”
Type A’s, we got you! Yes, Yoga can be slow and meditative, AND it can also be fast and furious. And that could even be two people in the same class having a different experience.
You’ll be so busy breathing and moving with awareness, that you won’t have time to think about much else. It lets your mind get off the hamster wheel, so that it can get back on later with some new mojo. You’ll find yourself sleeping better, thinking better, and feeling better. Let’s redirect, retrain, and burn off some of that energy in a healthy, sustaining way.
So if you protest that you cannot sit still, and that is why you can’t do yoga, or you tried it once and you couldn’t keep up, then we invite you to come back. We have a class just for you.
But we digress.
What we want to say, is “come as you are”. Trust us– no one else is looking because they are all mostly having the same thoughts about themselves that you are looking at them. This is where you make friends with your humanity, your community and yourself. And get fit inside and out. This is YOUR time to nourish your body and mind in all kinds of ways. You will be amazed at where this journey can take you.