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Yoga Is For Everyone

As our bodies mature, they adapt to the daily movements in our daily lives. If you have a long commute to work or sit at a desk the majority of your day, your hip flexors are naturally going to become tight and weak as they are in flexion all day long. Your glutes will become over stretched due to the lack of needing to engage to help hold you upright and your hamstrings will become tight and weak. Your body is just doing what it is being told to do!

Yoga can make a huge difference in your body. When you move through the poses, your muscles stretching and engaging in a way they are not used to can help bring the body back into balance. In fact, there are postures for each body type and your practice can be area specific to work exactly where your body needs it most. This means even people with injuries can do yoga!

There are always modifications to ensure the safety of any injuries or you can avoid the injured area of the body all together. Most importantly, always listen to your body. If your body is telling you to stop, pay attention to that. This is one of the most beautiful gifts yoga can give to you: the ability to listen to your body. Regardless of your injuries, your age, your gender, your experience, your physical fitness, yoga is for you.

Even if you are someone who cannot physically practice, you can experience the benefits of yoga: Pranayama (breath work), Yamas and Niyamas (ethical practices), Pratyahara (sensory withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (bliss). Something magical happens on your mat when you are able to get out of your head and be present. This is available to you all the time and yoga is a practice that can guide you to experience this magic.

 


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