Alert, Yoga is for everyone!
When i first started to do yoga I was not really coming from a good headspace, and lets be honest I had no idea what it was about. It was prescribed to me as a theraputic option to help me over come fear and trauma.
I started going to classes and I watched these toned elasticated bodies do all sorts of magic tricks on the mat. The unhealthy side of me thought “if they can do it I can do it”. I started practicing more and more regularly at a studio and still had that same mindset. I would push myself and over stretch, I always wanted to do the full version of the asana.
It wasn’t until I went to Goa and practiced there that I really learned about the true purpose of the asanas. I soon realised I had no body awareness and little ability to adjust my own posture or isolate different muscles. Getting back to basics and doing the poses mindfully was the hardest but the most beneficial. I finally understood what it was all about..It only cost the price of a few plane tickets and a few months in India to figure that one out!
Now when I practice I really focus on micro movements and adjusting myself. I know now that I don’t have to reach the full version of the pose every time. Its not the goal. You can create a healthy balance to your practice by adding a little challenge while remaining aware of your limitations. If you are just starting out with your practice its so important that everybody is not the same.