Yoga is one of the best ways to strengthen, improve balance and posture, increase flexibility and help with relaxation. What’s more, many studies have shown yoga lowers blood pressure and slows the heart rate. And if you still aren’t convinced that yoga is a good idea, people of all abilities, shapes, sizes and ages can practice it!
For today’s Fitness Friday tip, we’ve resurrected one of our top-viewed videos that demonstrates modifications for two popular yoga poses — the Downward-Facing Dog and Sun Salutation. These modifications can be especially helpful for those with limited mobility and flexibility. (Email viewers, go to the blog to see it.)
At Green Mountain at Fox Run, we always emphasize that “your pace is THE pace.” Remember, you don’t have to do every pose your instructor demonstrates. If a pose is uncomfortable, you can’t hold it as long as the instructor requests, or the modifications don’t help, don’t do it. Spend time sitting quietly, breathing deeply until your instructor moves the class on to another pose that’s more comfortable for you.
We also recommend checking out Curvy Yoga, a wonderful blog for curvy individuals to enter into conversation and action around living joyfully regardless of size.