Yoga and Flexibility

What is your definition of yoga and flexibility? In today’s world many of us have this idea about yoga and it is usually involves a young, lean and very bendy female doing a pose that looks impossible for most of us. These social media images portray the notion that to do yoga you have to be very flexible. Too many times people have told me that they cannot do yoga because they are inflexible.

Leslie Kaminoff  YouTube video

When Leslie Kaminoff, a world-renowned Yoga Educator was asked what being flexible meant to him, he had a genius response. He replied with this question: “Do you have enough flexibility to live your life? Can you put on socks and shoes, do your job, play with your kids or wash your car?”

In yoga we tend to push further and further into our ranges. We need to step back and examine why we are increasing our flexibility. Leslie’s response continued: “Flexibility means to have the available and appropriate range of motion to do the activities in your life without injuring yourself. I do yoga to live my life, not the other way around.”

Reconsider your ideas of flexibility and yoga

This short YouTube video summarizes how I feel about yoga and flexibility. Especially, after studying with Judith Hanson Lasater and Mary Richards  for the past two years I am more than ever focused on strengthening and balance in yoga. Flexibility is only secondary. In fact, the really bendy people are prone to more injuries than the stiff students. If you have a lot of flexibility in your muscles and ligaments chances are you need to do strength training to create stability for your joints.  Of course, if you are unable to put on your socks, then increasing this range might be a good idea for you.

So, if you think you are too inflexible to do yoga, please reconsider this thought. I encourage you to contemplate a group yoga class or even a private yoga lesson. If you are brand new to yoga, a few private lessons are often the best option to get you started. Click her to get more info about private yoga lessons.

Join me every Tuesday @9am until May 21, 2019 at the Center for Spiritual Living for Yoga for Wellbeing group class where we work on strength, balance and mindfulness. Hope to see you there! Thank you for reading. Namaste, Elena

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Here is the YouTube video of Leslie Kaminoff

 

 

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