Think You Weigh Too Much To Try Yoga?

Think You Weigh Too Much To Try Yoga?

Well, Think Again!

If you think you weigh too much to try yoga, do not believe it. Of course being overweight, can make it difficult to take that first step into any new fitness program. Who thought of the general assumption that you have to be in shape to exercise or that you weigh too much to try yoga?

Nevertheless, you can’t get in shape unless you exercise. That’s what makes it a frustrating circle. One benefit with yoga is there are no barriers. What’s even better, it is infinitely adaptable and can be practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels.

Find a Good Yoga Instructor

If you are ready to take that next step, it is important to find a good yoga instructor. You should consult with your doctor but the instructor can guide you to achieve the best poses without causing injury.

However, if you’re overweight, don’t fret…it just means that it is even more important to find a skilled instructor. Of course, you want to find someone who is supportive and willing to work with you to modify the poses to fit your current body and fitness level.

You will find that there are many yoga instructors who are overweight themselves and serve as an inspiration. Inquire to see if some of these instructors offer specialty classes to their overweight students. You don’t necessarily have to find a special class, but do look for a skilled and supportive instructor.

Do some research by asking around to see which teachers in your area receive high reviews. It’s also a good idea for you to take a few one-on-one sessions so that you can get a feel for the instructor’s style.

Another option is to call a few yoga studios in your area to find out what is offered. Check with your local YMCA. They may have classes with a reasonable fee.

Begin Gently

Did you know that there are literally dozens of different types of yoga styles to choose from? Some like Bikram or Power yoga are not great places to start for anyone. It is always best to begin with a gentle yoga class and a beginner class, if available. Here are a few great styles to begin with like Hatha, Kripalu, or Viniyoga. Don’t despair, if you have an aspiration to try Bikram or Power yoga, you will get there. But for now, learn the basics and develop your fitness to work toward those styles.

Modify

You have to be willing to modify the poses to fit your body, your fitness level, and your needs. For example, be prepared because some poses may require you to use blocks or to widen your stance to accommodate your body. Remember, just relax and do what you can. You will be amazed to see as your practice improves, your modifications will change. An added bonus will come as your body changes too. As you progress, you’ll notice that your alignment improves, your strength increases, and your endurance and flexibility will improve as well.

Yoga can also be done at home. Once you learn the basics, you have various options to choose from. You can ask the instructor to give you relevant yoga poses for your current level. Or, you can use YouTube to workout out with Yoga Instructors at home. Another option would be to use Yoga DVDs but not too many people use these anymore.

You can use the proper yoga equipment or perform the yoga on your carpet. But, keep in mind that the carpet will be slippery and thus a dangerous option.

So there you have it!

Finally, if you want to lose weight, get in shape, and are interested in yoga then give it a try. Do not be discouraged by instructors or classmates who can bend their lithe bodies into pretzels because you too will get there, if you want to. Instead, focus on enjoying the many amazing physical and mental health benefits of yoga.