Yoga is for everybody, there is no barrier of caste, creed, religion, race, color or size.
Any and every individual has the right to practice Yoga.
For the bunch of people having a large amount of cellulite hung up onto their bellies
or thighs, this is for you – Don’t be afraid! Your XL size cannot disqualify you in any
way to practice Yoga.
For the people having scars on their bodies generally covered, only to be revealed
when you stretch out on the mat and that cool t-shirt of yours lifts up – Don’t be
afraid! What people will look at or say, should be none of your concerns.
Get over it! Who cares? Whatever your body ‘hang-up’ – too fat, too thin, those old
battle scars, or those new teen spots – we’ve all been there at some point. And yet we
still think we’re the only ones. Weight issues – or at least ‘perceived’ weight issues –
are perhaps the ‘big’ one, the most common thing cited by people as a barrier to
enjoying Yoga. Alas, the perception that you must be skinny, nubile, ultra bendy or
flexible to get your yoga fix still lingers on.
Regardless of your flexibility, age, gender, or body shape, yoga welcomes everyone to
the mat, and it offers effective ways to meet a variety of health goals (i.e., stress
reduction, weight loss, improving flexibility, strength building, confidence building,
1. There is nothing so-called “Yoga Body”
There is no such thing as a yoga body. So you need not worry if you are below
30 or above, or if you think you aren’t that flexible as others. Yoga is a
universal approach towards fitness, well-being and a healthy lifestyle.
2. Yoga is Accessible for Everyone
Yoga is a continuous learning experience. Many who practice it, strive for
higher enlightenment, however, it’s about far more than learning a series of
poses to perfection. Yoga practice evolves over time. One should continue to
learn and practice different poses and be challenged by new exercises to grow.
There is no perfect, one-size-fits-all way to practice yoga. This is why Yoga
offers various modifications (i.e., including tools like bolsters, straps, and
blocks) to make it accessible for everybody regardless of gender, age,
physicality, existing injury, or body shape.
3. Everyone Needs Rest and Recovery
As with any new activity that challenges your body, Yoga will cause some
muscle pain and discomfort from all of that stretching and holding of poses.
You may very well feel some discomfort in your arms, legs, chest, core, and all
over your body the following day, but that pain is an indication of the changes
and improvements taking place inside your body. You work hard in a yoga
session, give your body the respect and time it deserves to heal (muscles build
during rest) to avoid an injury or exercise burn out.
4. Yoga Focuses on How You Feel NOT on How You Look
Yoga practice is all about you, not the person falling over during half-moon to
your left, nor the person twisted into a pretzel on your right. Yoga is a very
personal practice, which is why we all come to the mat for different reasons.
All bodies are different, and so different are the ways of performing Yoga
postures, and exercises. You should not copy your companion, or colleague
while practicing it. Just concentrate on yourself, it’s about you not them!
5. Choose your Yoga Style
Yoga comes in various styles so you’re likely to find one that suits your goals
and your unique abilities. You can also modify and customize the poses,
exercises, and Yoga forms depending on your physique and body patterns as
you know yourself better.
One of the most powerful limitations to starting or restarting a Yoga practice can be
your own fear. This fear might be a feeling of non-acceptance due to your body
weight, or any reason. But Yoga doesn’t stop you from attaining your desired state of
peacefulness and well-being of your body system in any way.