The first thing people respond with when I express that I teach yoga is, "Oh, I always wanted to try yoga, but I'm not flexible." There is a major misconception regarding the made up prerequisites for practicing yoga. I always wondered where the perception that we should already be able to do something in order to start it came from? What is there to practice then? No one is an all-knowing, ever-capable master of anything to the point that they never need to practice their craft ever again. Shed the ego, and allow yourself to start from the bottom, or else you're robbing yourself of something you've always wanted to give a go at! Everyone comes from different backgrounds, experiences, and strengths. We all start at different levels, and all have our own reason for starting our crafts. Never worry, especially with yoga, what others are thinking about your performance as you're in class. One of the goals of yoga is to bring our attention inward and work on ourselves. It's not all about the fancy moves that you see on Instagram. The goal is actually to become a better human being inside/out, all while keeping the body moving and healthy. Asana is for the body, and the overall practice is for the mind and soul. The purpose of me touching on the reason behind yoga is to hopefully un-scare some people from giving it a go! No matter what level you're at, yoga can be for everyone!
Now, moving into the reason behind this blog post. Recently I've begun working with Brandon, Owner of Remy Strength and Performance, because he recently brought to my attention that yoga is much more than just stretching. It seems obvious now, but prior to receiving this knowledge, I was so worried about how flexible I was and completely ignored the strength aspect of my practice. Strength is not only what allows you to do all the fancy moves and poses, it also structures your muscles to protect your body from injury. Stability and Mobility are important too, as they allow your body to move in a more secure, fluid manner.
Combining Strength, Stability, Mobility, and Flexibility creates an extremely solid base for a kick-ass practice. I personally believe that pairing yoga with these new concepts are just as important as pairing yoga with your typical strength training! A balanced body is a healthy body!
Brandon and I wanted to put a version of this concept of combining all of these practices out into the universe with hopes it is received well!
We hope everyone gives our 10-Day Yoga & Mobility challenge a try, beginning on Monday, September 17. Rules will be in the captions of each Instagram post, one challenge per day.
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