“I can’t do yoga. I am not flexible enough.”
Myth buster #1: Yoga gradually increases flexibility and range of motion as it builds muscle tone safely through non-weight bearing and weight bearing postures. In fact, super bendy bodies are at a disadvantage. Often, for the very flexible, there is nothing happening around the bones and joints to create stability. Unfortunately, most of the yoga community prefers to promote “pretzel“ poses in the press and social media so our notion of what it means to “do yoga” and what yoga “looks like” are skewed. As an instructor, I am more concerned with what BODY is doing a posture and not at all concerned with the posture being Instagram worthy. The same postures can, and probably SHOULD, look different depending on what body is doing them. When approached thoughtfully, yoga is accessible for everyone.