Are you shying away from yoga just because you can barely touch your toes without bending your knees? Well, don’t be discouraged by your inflexibility; you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. In fact, being very bendy doesn’t make you better at yoga at all.

Those with stiff bodies will encounter a few challenges performing postures at the outset. But that is why all postures have variations. For beginners or first-timers, postures can be altered for them to be able to practice and eventually move on to the final posture. For example, in the asana called Padhasthasana, the final posture is bending forward while standing, and touching the palms to the ground and forehead to the knees, while keeping the knees straight. Beginners are asked to bend forward as much as they can, without bending their knees, and instead of placing their palms on the ground, they are allowed to hold the shin bone, or back of the knees.

While doing yoga regularly — two to three times a week for a few months — can increase flexibility, it also depends on the type of yoga being practiced, the practitioner’s anatomy and exercise history. If a person had been stretched to the limits by other exercise forms, and hadn’t achieved any flexibility, there may be little scope for improving on this aspect.

But it’s important to remember flexibility isn’t the only benefit of yoga, which boosts fitness and brings a sense of calm and focus to your life.

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Written by Rachana Verma

Rachana Verma

A healthy body leads to healthy mind, says Rachana Verma and she speaks from experience. From a family where everyone practiced yoga, she was initiated at a young age. I have seen and experienced how yoga impacts one’s health and lifestyle, and that’s why I decided to pursue it as a career, she says.
Keen to study yoga at a “broader and deeper level”, Rachana pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. To stay fit, along with practicing asanas daily, she also does weight training.
With clients, she examines structure (body weight in ratio to height), posture and walking style before deciding on a routine. To all, she recommends 30 minutes of any form of physical exercise daily, like running, swimming, yoga, or free hand exercise, and a raw diet once a week.
In keeping with HealthifyMe’s philosophy, she believes fitness regimens must be tracked to ensure one is following the right routine and making progress. So to stay on course, let Rachana be your resource!

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    • Hi MR EKRAM, nice to see your comment. You surely can loose weight through yoga, provided you are very regular with the practice and also having a good/ proper diet in regards with how much calorie you need to take, also with proper cardio. And all this is possible when you doing it under someone’s proper guidance.