I am not flexible—at least my body isn’t. For years I thought I couldn’t do yoga because I would never be able to get into the poses. Add to that a few injuries, and I felt like yoga was not an option for me! But there are many forms of yoga for inflexible people.
I started taking an Iyengar yoga class and I have been loving it. I had class last night and feel wonderful this morning! And no, I can barely get into most of the poses. But that’s not what it’s about. This video provides a quick overview of Iyengar:
Yoga for inflexible people
Iyengar yoga is great for inflexible people because it is so focused on alignment. We use a lot of props in class (belts, blocks, and bolsters), which help get my stiff body in the correct position. I believe this focus on alignment is where the healing happens in your body. I’ve done other forms of yoga and loved them all (Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa), but my body responds the best to Iyengar. (I did Bikram regularly for several years and loved it too, and internally I was the healthiest I’ve ever been. But it was hard on my body.)
If you are avoiding yoga because you think you’re too inflexible, I encourage you to find an Iyengar class and try it out. If there isn’t one in your area, do any form of yoga—yoga is great way to gain that flexibility you crave. If you’re like me, you’ll never be able to do some of the postures in their full form. But that’s okay. That’s now what yoga is about. It’s about the journey and the connection to your body, and it’s great.