So you are ready to start discovering the amazing benefits of doing yoga, but then you stop and ask yourself, can I really get into all those awkward positions? I mean with all the twists and turns, not to mention trying to maintain your sense of balance all at the same time. Yes, you can! It doesn’t matter how short, tall, or what kind of body shape or ability you have, every “body” can do so some sort of yoga and reap the rewards of better health, flexibility, and of course eventually after some practice, a peaceful state of mind.
Tips for Yoga with Limited Mobility
Start with a beginner class. If this is your first attempt at trying yoga, don’t make the mistake of showing up to a class that is too advanced and you end up not being able to keep up. Let the
instructor know that you are new to yoga or have little experience and try to sit up front. There is really nothing better than learning from an experienced instructor and finding the right one
and the best class for you is key.
Wear comfortable clothes. Never fear, you don’t have to squeeze into spandex to be comfortable. Make sure your clothes are loose and breathable and you feel like yourself in them. Don’t worry about your shoes because you will remove them during class.
Use props. There is a reason why yoga studios have mats, foam blocks, yoga straps, and bolsters available for you to use. There are usually even a few chairs that can help with the balance positions and don’t hesitate to lean up against the wall. The wall is a great way to begin working on your balance and it is a wonderful confidence builder when you can finally stand on
your own. You can also buy many yoga props online for low prices, especially on Amazon.
Try a home DVD. If a yoga studio or a gym membership isn’t doable right now, then find a yoga for beginner’s DVD and try it in the comfort of your own home. Perhaps by learning some
simple moves, you will feel more comfortable hitting a local yoga class. Another great resource is finding a beginner’s website or if you have a streaming device, such as an Amazon Firestick or Roku, you can find lots of free short beginner’s sessions to try as well.
Don’t eat a heavy meal before a yoga and drink plenty of water before, during, and after class or a session at home. It may surprise you that you will actually sweat when you do yoga, so it is important to make sure you stay hydrated.
Do yoga from a chair. Many of the positions can be modified and done from a regular chair or even a wheelchair. The purpose of yoga is not only for working on your balance and strength, but also for mindfulness. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to preform and be willing to make modifications for your body. With time, you may find you can stretch more.
When limited mobility is an issue or if you struggle with joint and muscle pain, yoga can assist in increasing your body’s flexibility and can the strain on those joints so that it can handle your own body’s weight. Sometimes people who are a little or even a lot overweight can struggle to feel bonded with their bodies and therefore yoga helps enhance the overall mind and body experience. It is important to listen to your body, take it slow, and start with just a few minutes a day. It can become a daily practice if you don’t give up and keep fighting for your health. Your physical and mental well-being will thank you, just give it some time.