REASONS WHY YOU CANNOT DO BASIC YOGA POSTURE IN 2023
Here are a few reasons why you probably can’t do basic yoga postures:
1. You are breathing wrong
You can figure this out when you’re holding your breath in transition or while in the posture. While you are holding your breath, you are also tightening your muscles. This is in contradiction to yoga. Try breathing through your belly and release any tension in the body, while you are holding a posture. Allow your body to open out, while breathing deeply. Do not try breathing using your chest, else you will only do shallow breathing, which will make you tired really fast.
2. You are striving for the ‘ideal’ posture
Stop comparing yourself with the pictures you see, and how everyone else does it. Everybody is different and has different capabilities. I have often seen people drop out of yoga, because they think they are not ‘flexible enough’. This is like saying “I need to be fitter to go to the gym”. There is no poster perfect posture. Do what is comfortable for you.
3. You are not assisting yourself
Props are a great way to assist the postures — be it blocks, bolsters, yoga bands, pillows, chairs, blankets etc. When I am teaching online classes, I usually make my clients use whatever furniture or items I see around them. The body posture becomes better and it eventually aids in grading to move away from the props. Of course, you should do what your body is capable of, but props are a great way to increase your body’s vocabulary.