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.