Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?

Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?

If I had received 1 euro, everytime someone told me ‘I am not flexible enough, I can’t do yoga’, I would be really rich today! 

I know that nowadays we see yoga flourish everywhere, and that for a lot of people when they think yoga they picture a girl in a legging doing crazy stuff with her body. But to me, this isn’t what yoga is about.

Yoga isn’t about how you look, how flexible you are, if you have the perfect trendy outfit for it, if you are an expert or a beginner… Yoga is a way of living on and out of your mat. 

• Yoga is here to teach us how to come back to our body, to our senses.

• It helps us to open up and create space within ourselves.

• It helps us to reconnect with what we are feeling and how our body is processing it.

And yes, yoga will help you to become more flexible with time (this is the magic of it!).

What did yoga bring into my life? 

It enabled me to reconnect with my body that I had treated so badly. Yoga brought calm and quiet into my mind, which was such an amazing gift for me, since for so many years, the only things I could think about were my look and food. Instead I discovered, with practice, how to reconnect with my breath and how things felt within. 

Yoga helped me to open up my body, to get a better posture, it taught me patience and helped me to raise my self-esteem and confidence. 

Yoga taught me to look at my body as this amazing vessel that it was, and to get such a better body image thanks to it.

And YES with time, yoga improved my flexibility and increased my range of motion.

But if you had one thing to remember, it is that : you do not need to look a certain way to practice, you do not need to be a certain age, you do not need to be able to put your leg around your neck to be a “yogini”, you do not need to be flexible to practice.

I adapt my classes to all levels, I always give options so that everyone can find something for them. I share with you in my classes way more than “just some poses”. 

Check out my online program, to discover what yoga can do for you. 

Why is Yoga important in our life?

Why is Yoga important in our life?

How did yoga change your life?” I remember this friend asking me this question, as I was explaining to her how yoga was helping me with anxiety, my body image; what yoga was doing to my body and my mental health,…

Because yoga can be practiced anywhere, at any time, even without a mat. Yoga isn’t only a “sport”, it is a way of living your life.

But how? By practicing what we learn and experience on the mat in our daily life, when we are out of the mat. 

Ok, but then : what does yoga teach us when we are practicing?

Yoga teaches us:

How to be present, here and now. This can be the case, no matter where, with who, and what you are doing. Being fully here allows you to cherish the time you are living.

How to breathe. Deep breath in, deep breath out. Our breath is such a powerful tool, either to calm down, to clear my mind, to help detoxifying the body,… even in “normal life” if we come back over and over to it: it can do magic.

How to stop self-comparison. On the mat your drishti/gaze is on YOU and you don’t compare yourself to your neighbor; it is the same outside of the mat your focus is you

How to be kind, gentle towards yourself and treating yourself with compassion and love. As on the mat where your practice can change, life does too. We all have better days than others. Then we can choose to observe it and treat ourselves with the exact same compassion as we would on the mat.

How to get up again if you fall. Have you ever fallen from the Tree pose? Probably, many of us have. How did you react then? “no that’s it I will never EVER do the tree pose ever again?” No way! You fell and you got back on it. This is the same in life: sometimes we fall, we learn, we try out our balance. But we don’t give up! We stand tall and proud and we go back for it.

This is why yoga is so important in our life. This is why it can change a life.

Try remembering: you can practice yoga on and off your mat. Even if you do not have the opportunity to take a class: “real life” can be an exciting playground to practice.

You are not sure where to start with your practice? Check my 8 weeks online program to help you reconnect with yourself.