Yoga Focuses on How You Feel NOT on How You Look
For the bunch of people having a large amount of cellulite hung up onto their bellies or thighs, this is for you – Don’t be afraid! Your XL size cannot disqualify you in any way to practice Yoga.
For the people having scars on their bodies generally covered, only to be revealed when you stretch out on the mat and that cool t-shirt of yours lifts up – Don’t be afraid! What people will look at or say, should be none of your concerns.
Get over it! Who cares? Whatever your body ‘hang-up’ – too fat, too thin, those old battle scars, or those new teen spots – we’ve all been there at some point. And yet we still think we’re the only ones.
Weight issues – or at least ‘perceived’ weight issues – are perhaps the ‘big’ one, the most common thing cited by people as a barrier to enjoying Yoga. Alas, the perception that you must be skinny, nubile, ultra bendy or flexible to get your yoga fix still lingers on.
Regardless of your flexibility, age, gender, or body shape, yoga welcomes everyone to the mat, and it offers effective ways to meet a variety of health goals (i.e., stress reduction, weight loss, improving flexibility, strength building, confidence building, and more).
1. There is nothing so-called “Yoga Body”
There is no such thing as a yoga body. So you need not worry if you are below 30 or above, or if you think you aren’t that flexible as others. Yoga is a universal approach towards fitness, well-being and a healthy lifestyle.
2. Yoga is Accessible for Everyone
Yoga is a continuous learning experience. Many who practice it, strive for higher enlightenment, however, it’s about far more than learning a series of poses to perfection. Yoga practice evolves over time. One should continue to learn and practice different poses and be challenged by new exercises to grow.
There is no perfect, one-size-fits-all way to practice yoga. This is why Yoga offers various modifications (i.e., including tools like bolsters, straps, and blocks) to make it accessible for everybody regardless of gender, age, physicality, existing injury, or body shape.
3. Everyone Needs Rest and Recovery
As with any new activity that challenges your body, Yoga will cause some muscle pain and discomfort from all of that stretching and holding of poses.
You may very well feel some discomfort in your arms, legs, chest, core, and all over your body the following day, but that pain is an indication of the changes and improvements taking place inside your body. You work hard in a yoga session, give your body the respect and time it deserves to heal (muscles build during rest) to avoid an injury or exercise burn out.
4. Yoga Focuses on How You Feel NOT on How You Look
Yoga practice is all about you, not the person falling over during half-moon to your left, nor the person twisted into a pretzel on your right. Yoga is a very personal practice, which is why we all come to the mat for different reasons.
All bodies are different, and so different are the ways of performing Yoga postures, and exercises. You should not copy your companion, or colleague while practicing it. Just concentrate on yourself, it’s about you not them!
5. Choose your Yoga Style
Yoga comes in various styles so you’re likely to find one that suits your goals and your unique abilities. You can also modify and customize the poses, exercises, and Yoga forms depending on your physique and body patterns as you know yourself better.
One of the most powerful limitations to starting or restarting a Yoga practice can be your own fear. This fear might be a feeling of non-acceptance due to your body weight, or any reason. But Yoga doesn’t stop you from attaining your desired state of peacefulness and well-being of your body system in any way.(Source)
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