5 Yoga Tips I give to people with a heavy body

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Would you prefer a yoga class where your teacher weighs about 150-200 pounds? I am guessing not. While yoga isn’t just for the sleek and flexible people it’s exactly the thing people expect when they first walk into a studio.

Forget what most companies tell you and what people think of you, yoga is for everyone but in case you still have your doubts here are some tips to help you ease into your classes.

Get the right guru

How far you go, the effort you put in and how motivated you remain lies in the hands of your teacher and thus one of the first and foremost things you ought to do is find the best teacher around.

If possible get a trial class arranged for a day or two. In the end if you’re not coming out feeling fresh and energized and with a renewed sense of optimism it’s all a huge waste.

Slow and steady is the way to go

Whether it’s yoga or the high pumping gym workout hurrying it up simply won’t cut it. There are fast pace moves in yoga too such as the vinyasa style but none of it can improve flexibility and strength like the slow methods. Further it also improves nervous system and excretes fattening chemicals often released by stress.

Go slow for the first couple of weeks and if possible look for classes that offer special training for people with heavy bodies.

Use your bodyweight wisely

As compared to a thin person, a person with a bigger body has to put in a lot more effort for the same pose. For example, during a headstand your neck, shoulders etc. have to undergo a lot more pressure.

Use this to your advantage but make sure you take it easy as it can also lead to serious injuries. Get the help needed and know your limitations.

Find the right props

No two bodies are ever the same and each body reacts differently to a pose so in case you’re having trouble with a pose do not shy away from using a couple of props. The most useful prop of all is the yoga mat which simply put is a must.

Apart from that blocks are other useful props. Be creative, pretty much everything and anything around you is prop as long as you use it under your trainer’s supervision. Learn more about props in the video below.

 

Always have a goal

Physical aspects aside, yoga is also equally about the mind. While it’s quite demanding in itself each pose and asana provides you with an opportunity to understand and also accept yourself better. You gain more control over your thoughts and emotions.

Let go of all the negativity around, stop fighting your body, make peace and with constant practice you’ll see a huge change both physically and also mentally.

Ready to quit on yoga? Here’s what you should know

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While I agree yoga isn’t everybody’s cup of tea I have seen people give up on it way too early. When you begin it’s going to be tough and worse it’s going to be boring but that’s only until you find the right class and teacher and once that happens trust me you’ll be hooked. So if you’re confident and determined to incorporate yoga permanently into your life here’s what you should know about it.

It comes down to the teacher

While I always wanted yoga to be an integral part of my life but it actually only became after a year and 5 different classes later. Yes finding the right class and trainer is of topmost priority. It can make or break your training.

Every studio and teacher has their own style. Some do it while playing hip-hop music while some prefer it slow. Try 2-4 different styles before you finally make a choice.

It’s not always about sweating

When you think about exercise it usually comes down to how much you sweat isn’t it? While Vinyasa yoga is perfect for that the other slower forms are also equally effective. A good yoga routine is about maintaining a balance between different intensities.

Always begin with the slow stretches before taking it up a notch. This helps the body adjust to the high intensity better thus lowering injury risk and providing an efficient workout.

It isn’t just for women

A common misconception I have witnessed among most men especially the younger generation is that they believe yoga is meant only for women. Believe it or not yoga too requires tons of strength and grit for each of the stretches and poses. So irrespective of what your fitness goals are note that yoga is for everyone.

Adrian Hummell has been doing yoga for the past three years and now teaches Bikram yoga, a particularly strenuous form of the practice. Illustrates YOGA-MEN (category l), by Eric Niiler, special to The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, October 22, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph.)

Eating meat isn’t wrong

Is it intimidating that you’re one the very few meat eaters at your studio or that you occasionally consume alcohol? Well guess what, as a yogi you’re not restricted for either. To benefit from yoga you need not turn your lifestyle upside down.

There are tons of yoga teachers that love to grab a glass of wine with some meat on a Friday night. Yoga is all about having fun and doing what suits you best.

Do it for yourself

In the end whether your plan is to hit the gym or a yoga studio your workout is only going to be effective if you do it for yourself. It’s not about impressing your peers or your teacher. Forget the comparisons. It always comes down to only you.

Listen to your body and avoid any move your body seems to reject. Have fun, keep smiling and in time you’ll feel more balanced not only physically but mentally and spiritually as well.

 

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5 Ways to not just practice but live the Yoga lifestyle

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Remember the good old days when you’d jump right out of the bed and head to your yoga classes with bright smile? Is it still the same after 5-6 months? Or has your routine turned materialistic?

Yes there are materialistic gains to yoga but it’s more about developing oneself mentally, physically and spiritually. So if your routine has turned into a rut here’s few changes you need in order to turn your practice into a lifestyle.

Get your thinking right

Well if your love for yoga is based on the number of mats you own, or the expensive yoga pants you got you’ve got the idea of yoga wrong.

The yoga business is on the rise due to which there seems to a divide in class amongst various yogis from different backgrounds but remember yoga isn’t just for the rich. It’s for those that are truly dedicated and want to connect with themselves on a physical and mental level.

Stop thinking of ahimsa as veganism

If you’ve been told that ahimsa means you need to switch to veganism the first and foremost thing you actually need to do is get away. While it may sound a valid reason it’s too complicated and broad a topic to bring it down to just food.

There’s plenty of violence around both physical, verbal etc. and as a yogi your focus should be on spreading the positivity and maintaining peace.

Stop being a critique

Have you been pose shaming your fellow yogis? Well let’s get one thing straight, this practice is downright unacceptable. Yes social media is an obvious cause but what’s saddening to see is that yoga trainers across the world have chosen to turn a blind eye towards it.

Each body varies in flexibility, shape etc. and thus the asana also tends to differ. Poking fun other is lame and thus not in the true spirit of yoga and as such should be avoided.

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Treat both yourself and others right

While it’s right to be concerned about your needs, health etc. neglecting the need of others is simply not the yoga way. Yes yoga requires you to give plenty of time and energy in improving yourself my advice would be to not let it reach a delusional stage.

Service done to oneself is a good but service done to others is great. This is an important aspect of yoga and should never be forgotten.

Stop ignoring the spiritual aspect

Yes yoga does have a spiritual aspect and ignoring it only takes you away from the deeper meaning of it but when I say spiritual aspect I am not referring to any religion.

This isn’t about any religion or simply staying fit, it’s much deeper and a way of life. Keep an open mind and you’ll experience personal growth and physical development like never before.

5 Silly excuses people give for avoiding Yoga

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It’s understandable to have doubts and questions related to yoga when you’re just beginning. I had them too. I doubted myself too but only after I hit the mat did I find out the truth. Not only did I become more confident with the poses but also with other situations of life. Yes that’s what regular practice does to you. It removes the insecurities and free up the mind. Below are 5 silly excuses I often here to avoid yoga that you need to overcome.

My body isn’t too flexible

This is the first and foremost excuse me and many others tend to make. You see videos, images etc. of people in weird looking poses and think to yourself, well that’s never happening without realizing that with regular practice and training nothing is impossible.

Initially I struggled to even touch my toes, embarrassing right? All you really need is a strong will and patience to succeed. Your body will adapt and thus become more flexible with time.

I’m always busy

Well that’s an outright joke. Trust me no one’s always busy not even the president and more the hectic your schedule the more useful you’ll find yoga. It acts as a physical and mental charger. Make yoga a priority even if it requires time out your social media gossips or TV.

This will in turn motivate you to put in the extra effort and time needed to grow and develop. You’ll focus and sleep better and thus kick start your morning refreshed and happy.

I have health issues

Believe it or not health issues are the main reason yoga exists and whether it’s your back or ankles or your knee or even something as dangerous as cancer, yoga often is the answer. Though I would recommend you consult your doctor about it.

Once you get the go ahead from your physician find out yoga classes either online or through local magazines that best suit your health conditions and budget.

It’s a religion

Well firstly note that yoga has nothing to do with any religion and nor will it change your opinions or beliefs. It’s about self-assessment through breathing and meditation. Irrespective of your nationality, religion etc. you can practice yoga.

Yes it’s often seen as a spiritual practice but in case you’re having trouble resonating with things get in touch with your guru or if needed switch to a new person. Your relationship with your guru is important to a good yoga routine.

I’m not the Yogi types

This by far is one of the craziest reasons I have come across in recent times. What exactly does a yogi look like? Yoga is practised across the world and thus there’s no specific type or look. Irrespective of your body shape, colour, height or look you can practice yoga.

Excuses are aplenty. If you’re serious about your health and fitness and want to make a change it’s time to get up and get moving.