If you think you're not flexible enough to do yoga, then think again! Every body is a yoga body says Yogamatters...
Walking into a yoga class for the first time takes a lot of confidence. There’s a common misconception that you have to be beautiful, bendy and blissed out to do yoga. And let’s face it, most of us aren’t.
Yes, we’ve all heard that yoga is good for us and yes, we may even feel tempted to give it a try, but for many of us, we simply haven’t got the self-confidence and self-belief to give it a go. 'It’s not for me. I’ll never be able to do that. I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.'
However, here’s the thing: every body is a yoga body.
You can do yoga
Yoga is all about connecting mind and body. If you have a body and you have a mind, then you can do yoga. A yoga practice focuses on the breath. If you can breathe, then you can do yoga.
Most yoga classes are about connecting the breath to the movement. It’s not about achieving a pose, but moving towards a pose. A good teacher will know the right adjustments to make each pose work for your particular body, and yoga props like blocks, bricks and straps can make each pose more accessible.
Yoga allows you to be comfortable in your body and mind, to feel good in your own skin. You will get to understand and accept your limitations better, but you’ll also discover your amazing potential, as you find yourself doing things you never believed were possible.
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So how can we find the self-belief to step onto a yoga mat and open ourselves up to these possibilities?
Turning 'I can't' into 'I can'
What we believe about ourselves affects everything we do and say. So instead of giving yourself reasons why you can’t do yoga, how about giving yourself the reasons why you can? Discover how wonderfully empowering it is to begin turning ‘I can’t’ into ‘I can’. All things are possible if you believe.
That’s the mantra that accompanies the Believe Bar necklace, part of the inspirational Mantra Jewellery collection available at yogamatters.com that inspires confidence and self- belief. You won’t achieve all that you hope to achieve in your first yoga class, but if you believe you can do it, you’ll get there in the end.
Just going to a yoga class can boost your self-confidence. It shows how much you care about your health and wellbeing and that you are worth caring about. That’s such a positive message in itself. You’ll find yourself standing taller somehow as you walk out of your yoga class and you take that self-confidence with you into the rest of your day.
When you’ve said ‘I can’ to attending a yoga class, you’ll find yourself more able to say, ‘I can’ in all sorts of other situations throughout your day too.
What are you waiting for?
Yogamatters has all you need to get started on your yoga journey: a wide range of yoga mats, props, accessories and yoga wear. Yogamatters also stocks a wonderful collection of inspiring books by renowned teachers on yoga, meditation and mindfulness for beginners.
There’s no better place to prepare for this yoga adventure than yogamatters.com. And there’s no better time to start than now!
This post is sponsored by Yogamatters.