Yoga is pretty simple, it’s just movement paired with consistent breath. To practice Yoga you don’t need to be flexible or even strong for that matter, there are no rules or judgements as to how far you have to bend, all you need to do to start is show up.
The practice is very personal, it caters to an individual’s needs which constantly change depending on energy, strength, flexibility, bone structure, musculature, injuries and/or complications. Some days we need a lil push, others we need to listen to the body and slow down.
Every time you practice Yoga it will be different. What happened yesterday may or may not determine where we are at today. As my yoga guru Ganga White says, “always is always wrong and never is never right.” The physical practice can be built up, layered upon and deconstructed, the poses can all be modified to personal ability, held for long periods of time, done vigorously a fast pace and/or done restoratively. The alignment within each of the poses is what is consistent and essential for your body’s health. There is no such thing as a “true” yoga injury, an injury incurred from yoga is when an individual has pushed past their edge or repetitively torqued or crunched in and out of postures.
You’ll start to notice once having had practiced on a consistent basis, the Yoga done on the mat is far more than just the pretty poses it’s commonly know for, it’s a discipline that channels energy to the places in your life that need it the most. Yoga creates a team effect between your mind and body. From a regular practice you’ll gain strength, stability, focus, drive, motivation on and off the mat.
The real yoga comes from the heart… it’s all love.