Have you ever found an article or post on the best yoga poses to get x, y or z benefit? You open the link and then… images of poses that are not realistic for what your body can do. The articles do mention modifications but it is definitely NOT what is portrayed in the images.
I was getting frustrated with this lack of representation. I strongly believe that a lot of people are discouraged from even trying yoga because they are distracted by the visual image of a slim, generally white woman or in some cases a man with little clothing, demonstrating a variation of the pose that might give people the idea that they will not be able to do it.
Yoga is a place for every person that has a body. This an inclusive space where everyone is free to learn, practice and love yoga regardless of size, age, ability, mobility level, gender, sexual orientation and any other considerations.
I want to inspire you to explore all the possibilities of expression of the poses in your own body. To have the freedom to adjust the poses or to use props when needed. I want you embrace the fact that everyone will look different. Don’t compare yourself to the teacher or your peers. I want you to feel empowered to make the yoga pose work for YOU.
In my classes, you will find a wide variety of options for the poses (asanas) using different props such as bolsters, chairs, walls, blocks, blankets, foam rollers, eye pillows, weighted pillows and much more to adapt the poses.
There are infinite expressions of the poses. Depending on your body type, activities, hobbies and lifestyle, the poses will look different in each one of us, even as the day goes by. By exploring the poses and their expression, you will gain a better connection with your body and can nurture it in a way that serves you.
If none of the pose expressions that I am offering serve your body, we can arrange a consultation, in person or via Skype/Zoom and try to find what works for you. Please consult with a Health professional to find out if yoga is suited for you.
Peace, love and props!
When my husband was taking this photo he said: “That looks awkward, that’s why no one takes pictures from that angle”.
When we start doing Yoga, it is AWKWARD!! We struggle, we can’t breathe, and we don’t even know if we’re doing it right. If that’s where you’re at, we have all been there. It does get easier. Just keep breathing.