Diana Woodhead, our experienced TF teacher answers. November 2020.
I have often wondered about taking up yoga but not sure I could ever do handstands and splits. Is it for me?
Yoga is one of the oldest traditions and many of its primary texts are written in Sanskrit an ancient language. Although many associate yoga with asanas ( yoga poses) These were only developed to help people sit in a comfortable position in meditation.
The full yoga tradition encompasses asanas, meditation, chanting, kriya (cleansing practices) and pranayama (breath work)
Yoga is for everybody, it is not a competitive sport. The media often portray people practising yoga as incredibly flexible and in various impossible (to most of us) positions. In reality yoga students are encouraged to work at their own pace and options to suit different body shapes and sizes are given in classes. Modern science has found that we all have different shapes of bones and configurations of joint and tendons.
By establishing a regular practice of yoga, you will see the gains, in your physical, (breath and body) and emotional health
The yoga community is very welcoming and if signing up to online or face to face most teachers would be happy to answer any questions or do a one to one assessment to allay any concerns.