Published on September 22nd, 2015 | by Catherine Tingey0
TOP 5 EXCUSES FOR NOT DOING YOGA
Top 5 Excuses for Not Doing Yoga… AND WHY YOGA HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Part of my mission as a yoga teacher is to DEMYSTIFY yoga.
If learned from a certified, experienced instructor, yoga has the ability to help nearly everyone. Practicing as a beginner or an injured student with a private yoga instructor is a great way to get a solid foundation of alignment principles so you can attend group classes.
Regardless of what your physical body looks like, the condition of your health currently, or whatever preconceptions you might have about yoga, there is something for you!
1) ‘I’m Not Flexible’
This is exactly why you SHOULD try yoga.
A regular yoga practice will lengthen muscle groups enabling you to move with greater ease.
This is especially helpful for older people, competitive athletes, or anyone who sits in a chair most of the time!
2) ‘I’m Too Fat’
Many people are afraid that their body type does not conform to the ‘typical yoga body’. The truth is, any BODY can practice yoga. When I was unable to walk or sit in a chair (due to a car accident), I could still practice yogic breathing and ease my physical pain.
3) ‘I’m Not A Yoga Person’
Yoga is now a billion dollar industry with representatives that look a certain way. Young, attractive and slim women make up most of our culture’s conception of ‘who does yoga’ when statistically, yoga is practiced by a wide cross-section of ages, races, genders and body types.
Part of yoga’s coming out from the esoteric and into the mainstream is a greater ability to reach people of all persuasions. I personally am a fan of yoga in gyms (even though I’m not a member of a gym and I don’t like the cold AC rooms) because it allows people who wouldn’t normally take a yoga class, to try it out in a familiar, and non-threatening atmosphere.
4) ‘I’m Not Religious’
Some people believe that yoga is trying to sell them a religion or spiritual point of view.
While there are traditions and studios that emphasize this, the majority of yoga in the west is simply asking that you move your body through a series of postures while maintaining a calm and steady breath. That’s it.
5) ‘It’s Boring’ (My Mind Needs Distraction (ipod, tv, chatting, etc.))
Yoga has the potential to help this person SO much!
This is the most common issue I see in my beginners. They’re curious about yoga because they know it’s ‘good’ for them, but it just feels tooooooooo slow.
I counteract this by giving the student a steady stream of verbal cues to encourage them to pay attention MORE.
Turn down the volume on the outside world. Turn up the volume on their breath.
After a couple of months, they find a whole new world of bodily sensation opens up to them, and they are able to stay engaged in a yoga practice.
If you want to learn yoga, or deepen an existing practice, consider hiring a private yoga instructor to guide you on your journey! You may be surprised at what you discover!!!