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.

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.