One of the top reasons people give for not taking yoga classes is that they worry they aren’t flexible enough. This insecurity should never prevent people from practicing yoga. Yoga classes are made to be customizable so that they can be tailored to each person’s abilities.
What is flexibility?
Believe it or not, muscles don’t determine flexibility. It’s the nervous system that’s responsible for how flexible a person is or not. People think that by pushing their muscles they can improve flexibility, but this can actually cause injury. Flexibility isn’t about pulling muscles until they stretch, but rather it’s about teaching muscles to relax once they’ve reached their current limits.
The number one tip for improving flexibility is practice, so keep hitting those yoga classes. Here are a few other tips to help you:
Don’t let any fears about flexibility hold you pack from practicing yoga or taking a class. There is no judgment in yoga. Everyone’s bodies are different, and some of the most dedicated yogis still don’t have great flexibility. Keep up with practicing, and listen to your body’s limits. Stay off with a slower yoga class, like Yin yoga, if you’re worried about difficulty. Check out our schedule to sign up for a class today. We look forward to seeing you soon. Namaste!