There's a trend among yoga teachers and people who get into yoga of pushing themselves into the realms of extreme flexibility. Perhaps someone is very flexible and they discover they're naturally very good at yoga. It's often these people, having found their calling, who become yoga teachers. They then continue to push themselves and their students towards contorted shapes that aren't possible for the rest of us.
My story is very different and I'm one of the rare yoga teachers who isn't very flexible. I'm probably more flexible than the average man but certainly a lot less flexible than most yoga teachers and advanced students.
For the majority of people who aren’t naturally flexible the images of yogis contorting themselves into extreme shapes can be very off putting. Add to the mix the photos of slim, young and beautiful model types doing extreme poses and no wonder most people think yoga isn’t for them.
Surely this is something the yoga community has to become more aware of.
What’s the point of yoga if it only serves a select few?
If I had a penny for every time I heard, "I'm not flexible enough to do yoga..." then I'd have at least £1!
It's a real shame that people think yoga is only for flexible women. The New Zealand All Blacks do yoga and there aren't many men who are bigger, stronger or tougher! It just goes to show you don't have to be a flexible women to do yoga.
My mission is to open yoga and its benefits to more people. I work with men and women of all different shapes, sizes, ages and abilities.
Men who play sports really benefit from doing yoga. It helps to reduce injuries, improve performance and aide recovery yet it's often these people who are least likely to give it a go!
For me, Yoga isn't about looking sexy, being thin or pushing myself into extreme shapes. It's a practical and functional solution to my everyday needs. It helps me to move better and feel great.
Perhaps it's my age, but every time I play football now I feel stiff for days. Yoga really helps me deal with these aches and pains. It helps me to shift any feelings of stiffness and keeps me supple.
My yoga practice has helped me to deal with injuries and pain as I've grown stronger, healthier and feel better in my body.
If this is something you like the sound of then please get in touch. I'd welcome you to join a class or book a private session.
If however you're looking to join the circus with your contorted shapes perhaps it's best you find another teacher...
Thanks for reading.
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