I hear this all the time from people when I get into a conversation about my yoga teaching. My reply is usually "neither am I".
Because I wasn't particularly flexible when I started doing yoga either. And to be honest... that's the point. We have to be willing to do the things we struggle with if we want to learn, grow or develop.
When I first stepped on to a yoga mat about 8 years ago touching my toes felt like an impossible feat! I wasn't unfit but years of slaving over laptops in my busy management roles had taken their toll.
Those first few times on my mat felt awkward and uncomfortable. But they also felt amazing. I discovered muscles I didn't have, strength I hadn't felt before and as I became more familiar with the poses and the moves I found the physical practice helped to calm my mind. And my body opened. Practice by practice. Day by day. Breath by breath.
Saying "I'm not flexible enough to do yoga" is like saying "I'm too stressed to meditate" (though I've heard that too!) or "I'm too unfit to go to the gym" or "I'm too overweight to go eat healthy food". if we want to learn, grow or change in anyway we have to be brave enough to feel awkward and uncomfortable and then get in and be willing to do the work.
If improving your physical strength & flexibility or calming your mind is on your to do list then yoga could be a fabulous option to explore - regardless of where you are at right now. To get you started consider the following:
- Find a Beginners Programme or class. BodyMindLife (where Chirp CEO, Mandy Scotney teachers and works) has an ongoing beginners programme called "Essentials" and also regular runs a 4 week Yoga for Beginners
- Commit to practice regularly - you really need to hit the mat 3-4 times a week to feel the benefits (but if you do you'll feel them quickly!)
- Practice with a friend! Most things are easier shared.
- Don't give up on the first attempt! Yes you'll feel weird and uncomfortable... but keep going!
In the words of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, "Do your practice and all is coming." But you need to start somewhere....
Contact hello@chirpconsulting to discuss options for private and corporate Beginners Yoga Programmes