Regular yoga practice has the impact on the body shape, energy levels and state of mind.Yoga can make you look and feel younger. It takes usually couple or more classes to feel the progress physically but the mental effect is immediate.
Your joints get the right level of movement they were designed for.
I AM NOT FLEXIBLE…
We are all different. We all have a natural tendency to be more bendy, loose in certain directions, or stronger in different parts and that is given by body shape and body frame or by regular activity. If we are not flexible overall it is because we don’t stretch regularly. (I wouldn’t be flexible either if I wouldn’t be doing yoga)
The flexibility takes longer to achieve than strength but it is totally worthy.
DO I NEED TO PRACTICE REGULARLY?
It is not just about yoga, but about any exercise.
If you don’t practice for a few weeks or months the flexibility as well as the strength will disappear. Everything takes time and effort.
But that rounded back, weakened muscles took also a few months to develop. Standing all day on your feet, sitting all day, staring at the computer screen, overly using one side – arm, leg, etc. We all know it. And that’s body out of balance. Add a wrong diet, negative thinking, stress and the illness is here, too.
The good thing is – if you were fit in the past it si scientifically proven that the muscles have memory, so getting back will be faster for you compare to someone who never did any exercise.
IT SEEMS LIKE I CANNOT DO CHALLENGING POSES…
Sometimes you cannot look at the challenging pose and just try to do it. There is a lot of important steps and alterations which build up towards the “goal” asana. If you are not ready you can hurt yourself.
I can guide you into pose but I am not gonna be breaking your limbs to get you into ‘definition of perfect pose’. Everything takes time and little almost forgotten muscle groups need to be strong or supple enough to let you achieve desired accomplished asana. Your body might be flexible but not strong or other way round. The ideal is both.
Too much weight lifting limits your mobility and too much stretching won’t give you strength.
Also yoga is not supposed to be a competition. (Although there started the yoga competitions but that’s a topic for another time…)
I HAVE TRIED YOGA IN THE PAST BUT I DIDN”T LIKE IT
Maybe you tried the class which wasn’t suitable for you. Too advanced or maybe too much beginners orientated? Try a different teacher, different style, time of day. Give it another go. It’s shame to be missing out on yoga.
If your job is mainly sitting I recommend more flowing vigorous type of yoga to lift up your spirit and energize you after work and if you are full of stress and anxiety you might benefit from more chilled relaxed class with mostly hatha yoga, relaxation and meditation.
Have you got more interesting yoga questions? Please, I would love to answer them.
I HAVE A LOT OF PAST INJURIES CAN I STILL DO YOGA?
I recommend consulting your doctor or physiotherapist before starting with yoga.
Also, it is your own body, only you really know how far you can go without feeling a pain and straining yourself. Be mindful in everything you do. Including yoga. In a class whenever you need take a rest. Ideal is a child pose or shava asana.