Do I need to be flexible to practice yoga?
NO, certainly not! Stretching the body is one way that helps us become more flexible but we also balance ourselves by gaining strength, co-ordination, enhance our cardiovascular health, learn physical confidence for better over all health and wellness.
What do I need to begin?
All you need is an open mind to begin And Ok, maybe a few other things as well, like comfortable clothing – leggings, sweatpants or shorts and a t-shirt that’s not too baggy. We don’t need any special footwear –we go barefoot with no socks and shoes. And we need a decent yoga mat. Many brands, styles and colours are available, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money. You should be able to find them starting around twenty bucks.
What if I can’t do a pose or what if it hurts my body?
Quite simply – don’t do it! Never force your body into a posture or move it doesn’t feel right. Most of the time there will be modifications offered, so only do what feels appropriate for your body at any time.
What if I’m not feeling anything in body that may be asked of me?
Sometimes we need to make little adjustments in our physical alignment – think back to effort & steadiness or sometimes what we may feel can be very subtle. The more time we practice with ourselves the more opportunity we have to be come more self-aware, to notice, and to feel.
"One who studies yoga in the later years gains not only health and happiness, but also freshness of mind since yoga gives one a bright outlook on life. One can look forward to a more healthful future rather than looking back into the past. With yoga, a new life begins, even if started later. Yoga is a gift of rebirth which teaches one to face the rest of one’s life happily, peacefully and courageously". Yoga is a gift for older people. Geeta S. Iyengar, Yoga: A Gem for Women