Yoga is a nice idea for an alternative workout in theory, however! Yoga can be daunting to those who are not flexible at all. But don’t let your lack of flexibility stop you from trying out yoga, which is amazing for your mind and your body. Here are 10 yoga poses for those of us who are not flexible at all.
The cat pose is a fairly easy one to master. Get on all fours and arch your back upwards like an angry cat would. The cat pose is great for focussing on your breathing and stretch out your back. There isn’t much to it but it is super simple and is a great way to dip your toe into the yoga world.
The cow pose tends to go hand in hand with the cat pose. Typically you would transition from the cat pose to the cow pose and repeat for a determined about of reps. The cat and cow poses help with stretching out the spine as well as helping you to get acquainted with the yoga breathing. Yoga breathing is an important part of yoga, it is what centres you and is the reason there are so many benefits for your mind as well as your body. Yoga breathing can take a while to get use to so these are perfect poses in order to get the hang of it before you make your way into more advanced poses. Not to mention, they are perfect if you are not flexible at all.
The child poses, or the resting child, is a super relaxing pose that allows you to get in touch with how your body is feeling after or before your workout. Sit on your knees and stretch your hands forward and rest your head onto the ground. This is my personal fav pose to hold. It is relaxing and super easy. It also allows you to open up your hip joints and relieve any tension. The child pose doesn’t require much flexibility at all. The only modification you may have to make based on your flexibility level is, either your bottom is not sitting against your calves, or your head is not touching the ground. In which case you can stack your fists underneath your forehead.
Happy baby is super easy and allows for multiple modifications in order for it to suit your level of flexibility. Lie on your back, bend your legs and hold your feet above your hips with your hands. If you are not able to hold your feet you can hold your hamstrings or your calves. Happy baby opens up the hip joints and allows your spine to relax along the ground. You can rock from side to side if you want to massage your spine. This a super easy and comfortable pose to hold. This is requires very little flexibility, and anyone can achieve it.
This is a pose that you can turn into a workout. Lie on your back and push your hips up to the sky. Hold this and focus on your breathing. If you are familiar with pilates moves you will be familiar with this one. Just remember to keep your neck in line with your chin towards your chest. This pose varies from person to person based on how flexible your hip flexers are. So some people may be able to get their hips higher than others. But thats okay, everyone’s workout is their own journey, so if you are flexible or not don’t worry, with practice you will get there.