Do I need to be flexible?

Do I need to be flexible?

It’s Not About How It Looks

Yin yoga is about how it feels. 99% of the time, I am the least flexible person in the room. The type of yoga used is called yin yoga. It is slow and gentle. It’s not an aesthetic practice. Yoga is used to go inward. This is therapy not a yoga class in disguise. There is no right or wrong way. If you feeling it, you’re doing it.

The beauty of yoga-informed approaches such as Mindful Embodied Therapy is that it’s not about form. It doesn’t matter what it looks like. It’s about function, how it feels in the body. The mantra of functional yoga is that every skeletal structure is different. We don’t fixate on it looking a certain way. The focus is inward and listening to how it feels.

There is no perfect pose. There is only learning to discriminate what works for you, by listening to your body. Skeletal variations in the human population are wide. The models you see in magazines were gifted bodies that allow them to stretch and twist in ways most people simply cannot.

It’s common to use props in this style of yoga. Blocks, straps, bolsters, pillows, blankets – whatever helps you ease into feeling your body – are used to rest in the pose with minimal effort.

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