Gentle Yoga Stretches Sue FullerYoga – do I need to be flexible? By Sue Fuller

The fantastic thing about yoga is that it is suitable for everyone.  There are no requirements especially not flexibility.    

It is important that you select a class that is of a suitable and appropriate level (start at the very beginning with a beginner’s yoga class).  If you are attending classes at a yoga studio let the teacher know if you are concerned about your flexibility.  Make sure that during the class you are aware of how your body feels and never use force to move your body into any postures or stretches.   

I recommend that when possible you close your eyes, that way you will not become distracted by or compare yourself to other class members.   It is important to remember that every body is built differently and therefore we all have different levels of flexibility.  It does not mean that someone who is more flexible than you is benefiting more from the class than you are.   

When moving through your yoga postures remember to breathe slowly in and out through the nose.  Muscles relax as you exhale so it is possible to use every out breath to soften and release tension stored within the body.  Always take your time and never rush your breathing or your movements.

With a regular yoga practice your flexibility will naturally improve and you can also help to calm and still the mind, reduce stress and tension and improve general levels of health and vitality.   

Practising yoga at home is also very beneficial, during a home practise there is no temptation to compare yourself to other class members, you can take your time to move slowly and feel your alignment and limitations in each posture. 

“If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” – Sri T Krishnamacharya 

Beginning with the Yoga 2 Hear Gentle Yoga Stretches will help slowly and safely increase flexibility. 

Deep Yoga Stretches Sue FullerSue Fuller has created an extensive range of high quality audio yoga classes suitable for all levels of yoga experience.  Classes are available on CD and MP3 from www.yoga2hear.co.uk .