yoga and flexibility

As a yoga trainer, I’m blessed to be able to share such a favorable, life-changing practice with individuals, on and off the mat. When I initially began teaching yoga, it never ever truly occurred to me how my practice would work its way into my life off the mat, however it has.

I am regularly asked, “So what do you do for a living?’ When I state that I teach yoga, I typically get many feedbacks about just how much yoga has actually made a difference in somebody’s life and how much they like their practice, however occasionally I get the ‘yoga … I am not versatile enough to do yoga’ response.

I respond that for that reason alone they’re ideal for yoga, as yoga develops flexibility, as opposed to versatility developing yoga. While I discover it sad that individuals think they need to be flexible in order to take a yoga class, I likewise understand where this impression comes from, due to the fact that with the growth in the popularity of yoga, there’s actually become more growth in the quantity of celeb yoga teachers and yoga models who can turn themselves into numerous pretzel presents.

How does yoga make me more versatile?

Just as a routine strength-training practice will certainly make you more powerful, a regular yoga practice will certainly make you more flexible. Whether you’re holding a Yin Yoga stretch for one to 3 minutes, gently stretching at the end of a power yoga course, or delighting in a variety of short and deep stretches in a hatha yoga course, your connective tissues are being stretched a little more each time and your joints are being lubricated by synovial fluid, permitting the bones to gently move over each other.

How often should I do yoga to keep this versatility?

As with everything, there are numerous opinions on this topic. In my viewpoint, having a routine yoga practice one or two times a week is enough to see and keep these results. However, if you’ve the ability to add even more, I highly encourage five to 7 times a week, with the caveat that if you exercise power yoga, you blend in a little gentle yoga in between your power practice days.

Flexibility is fantastic, but how does it really impact my everyday life?

Greater flexibility enables a greater range of movement throughout your body. If you sit at a desk all the time, your yoga practice will certainly help your spine extend and your shoulders rest below your ears, producing higher posture and easing pain in the back. If you take pleasure in running, yoga will certainly create more versatility in your hip flexors and extensors, enabling a better stride and better posture, and decreasing pressure on your knees.

As well as these physical examples of the versatility yoga develops, there are lots of mental examples such as handling stress better, having a higher understanding of the mind/body connection to make the subtle modifications where you hold tension in your body, and being aware of the role of your breath in everyday scenarios.

So, the next time you feel too inflexible to take a yoga class or you hear someone else state they are, remember that yoga creates versatility, rather than versatility developing yoga.