Who can practice Yoga?
There are many common misconceptions about yoga. Have you ever heard someone say the following?
I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible.
Yoga is only for fit people.
I’m too old for yoga.
Yoga is only for women.
The beauty about yoga is that it is available to anyone, regardless of their age, gender, or physical limitations. Yoga is a deeply personal practice that is based on the concept of “being in the present moment”. It is a practice without judgment of any kind, and without competition. The whole point is to only do what feels good – every pose can be modified to fit specific needs, injuries or ailments. It doesn’t matter what the person next to you is doing, nor does it matter what you used to be able to do 5 years ago or even yesterday! It’s all about the here and the now, really honoring where you are in this moment.
Everyone can benefit from starting a yoga practice. It will help people gain more strength, balance and flexibility, while improving concentration and focus. It can help people sleep better at night and have more energy during the day. Yoga calms the mind to reduce stress, and has been linked to a myriad of health benefits.