"I'm Not Flexible Enough To Do Yoga!"

"I'm Not Flexible Enough To Do Yoga!" - Lotus Room Yoga

"I'm Not Flexible Enough To Do Yoga!"

By Barbara Schuette on February 16, 2022

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that excuse I’d be rich! It’s like saying, "I can’t go to the gym until I lose weight!”

The reason that gyms are here for us and that the yoga practice is here for us is to help us achieve our goals and see improvements. If we were all perfect to begin with wouldn’t it all seem a little boring?

So you're gonna give this yoga thing a try! πŸ‘ You’ve begun your yoga journey, now what?

Will you be flexible over night? Is that even the goal? Some of us will never be able to touch our toes. Try bending your knees. Put your belly on your thighs. Give yourself some grace.

We are all on this ‘pathless path’ where the endpoint isn’t even the “W.” The Win is this pathless path you’re on, the process, the journey—where each and every day you show up on your mat and discover something new about yourself. And that’s the most fulfilling part of it all. Every day noticing the subtle little changes in your body + mind + heart that showing up on your mat can do for you.

Every time you practice is truly a new beginning and a new opportunity for improvement, growth, and change. Consistency is the key. πŸ”‘ Doing the little things—the hard work, the discipline every single day. And one day after a consistent practice, picking up a load of laundry and noticing that your back pain is less or your knee bends like it never used to before, becomes the reward…

So here’s the thing about yoga: whether you are experiencing pain, trauma, injury, stress, anxiety, loss, fear, indigestion, nerve damage, inflammation, depression, fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia, migraines, (the list goes on)…there’s likely a tool in the Yoga toolbox that can bring you back to balance. 🧰

In fact, the benefits of yoga are endless and have stood the true test of time (quite literally 1000s of years🀯!) Most, if not all, modern elite athletes practice yoga to enhance and extend the longevity of their chosen career/sport. (Yes, Jack Flaherty, Aaron Rodgers, LeBron James, and David Beckham practice yoga!) βšΎοΈπŸˆπŸ€βš½οΈ

Whether you’re an elite athlete or an average person like most of us, yoga can enhance your life in so many ways not only physically, but mentally + emotionally. It can give you mental clarity and help you achieve any goals you may have in life. Yoga can help you answer these most important questions, "Who am I?", "What do I want?",  and "How can I serve?" We don't get what we want. We get what we are. Let yoga help you discover who you are and become the best version of yourself.

Take this pathless path of yoga and who knows where it may lead you?! πŸ’«

An enlightening resource for the “I’m not flexible enough” reason for not trying yoga is Tara Stiles’ podcast, Feel Better: "Yoga Talks: Help I Can't Touch My Toes!"

Namaste πŸ™