|An awesome privilege and special moment in time |
of sharing a yoga practice with my mom. She has faced
and overcome quite the number of physical struggles in her life.
False Yoga Myth #1 – A person must have just the right body shape or flexibility in order to practice yoga.
When I mention to people that I practice and now also teach yoga, I usually receive almost the same response that can be summarized in these words:
“Wow! Yoga is hard.”
“I could never do yoga.”
“I’m not flexible enough.”
“My body doesn’t bend like that.”
By no choice or doing of my own, I happen to be a person of small frame with low body weight and hyper-mobility. However, that is not why I decided to try yoga in the first place or why I continue to practice it today. I sought out yoga because of the struggle with my overall health and my utmost desire to find wholistic well-being: emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Yoga is not about a particular body size, shape, ability, strength, or flexibility. Any living and breathing, aware human being can practice yoga. Yoga is a practice available to and doable at some level by any person with any body type. There are no right or wrong, best or worst poses. Our considerations are better focused on practicing and working with safe poses at a level that is just right for each individual.