It’s no wonder yoga has become such a popular exercise form and lifestyle for so many people these days. There are various reasons a person might wish to become a yogi. Yoga can help us strengthen our muscles, flexibility, lose weight and develop a deep connection with ourselves.
However, people can be put off from practicing yoga because of a few misleading stereotypes. You don’t have to be in pristine physical shape to practice yoga. You also don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. Yoga is about addressing you and your current abilities, improving your health and lifestyle. Yoga is for everyone.
Size Doesn’t Matter
As yogis such as Jessamyn Stanley have shown, you can be big or small and still have a strong, flexible body. If you feel you’re too big to learn and practice yoga, you’re buying into a stereotype. We all start somewhere. We’re all beginners at some point in our journey, even those who seem extremely athletic and confident.
Yoga is about connecting health and happiness in life. All are welcome to the yoga community. If a studio, teacher or student makes you feel otherwise, they don’t truly represent what yoga is all about.
Ability Isn’t Important
All too often, we take what doctors and medical professionals tell us as the be-all and end-all, especially when it comes to what we can and can’t do. They encounter unfortunate accidents or people who are born with disabilities that will make it hard for them to get better. However, it isn’t always a great idea to take those words as golden, as people like Arthur Boorman prove.
Arthur was a paratrooper who injured his body over time through parachute landings. His doctors told him he’d never walk again, yet his remarkable transition from being overweight and immobile to being able to run and perform headstands is nothing short of amazing. It was his determination, willingness and motivation to improve his life that got him the success he’s seen. How did he regain full health? Yoga!
Where to Begin
Learning yoga in 2017 is far easier than it was even a decade ago. There are thousands of studios and yogis out there, not to mention the vast amount of information available online.
YouTube is a great resource for learning yoga. With a Virtual Private Network, you can access expert advice worldwide and always come back to videos again when you need them. Here are just a handful of popular yoga channels on YouTube:
- Strala at Home
- Yoga Journal
- Yoga Online
- Yoga with Adrien
- Interval Yoga
- Fightmaster Yoga
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
You can also become a member of Yogasteya and get access to 100’s of classes on demand.
Yoga for Everyone
Yoga is an exercise anyone can enjoy. Size, ability and other stereotypes about yoga aren’t important. People continually prove yoga’s diversity and effectiveness by taking up yoga and improving their life situations.
If you’re interested in yoga but have been afraid to try it, start with some videos at home, and then maybe take things one step further and look into a studio. The only way to find out if yoga is for you or not is to try it.
Author bio: Caroline is a blogger and yoga enthusiast. When she can’t make it to the studio, she practices at home with YouTube videos. She started practicing yoga years ago and often blogs about her experiences so everyone can see the benefits yoga has to offer.