“I can’t do Yoga, I’m inflexible”
I have heard this many times from numerous people and the truth is one cannot be flexible without Yoga. Any sport or activity if new to the body will be challenging. Learning Yoga is like learning how to play an instrument. It takes time for the body to change, one must commit to the practice and try at least 3-4 times per week in order to achieve a pliable and strong body. So do not limit yourselves and give it a chance, any experienced teacher can help you no matter what level. Yoga is suited for the young to the elderly and the beginner to advanced practitioner. !
In Yoga the Breath is key. The practice is not fluid nor will it help the body to open or release without the Breath. There are all kinds of breathing techniques, the most simple breath is to inhale for 3 counts and exhale for the same count. Try to breathe in slowly and exhale slowly, the more one is able to control the breath the more one can control the mind. Breath will open the body from the inside, take your time and learn the Breath in your practice!
The best way to open and decompress your spine straight out of bed is to stand with your legs hip width and fold forward on an exhalation. Bend your legs and release your neck, keep your arms and head heavy and hold this position for 2 minutes breathing deeply. To come up make sure to breathe in on the way up and move slowly with your head up last.
See you on the mat!