I’ve been teaching yoga for quiet some time. This year will make 21 years! So along the way I’ve seen all sorts of people do yoga and I’ve heard all the excuses why someone can’t do yoga. The assumptions people have about yoga are as many as the day is long. Either they think it’s boring (usually the type A personality) or they think it’s too hard, or they think there is some sort of skill involved that they don’t posses. But at the end of the day the truth (as cliche’ as it might be) is that if you are breathing you can do yoga. The word yoga means “to yoke”. To bring together breath, body, mind. It’s definition is not; exercise that gets you into challenging positions to make you sweat or feel uncomfortable in the name of flexibility. So if you are breathing and you can be mindful of your body you can do yoga. However, a yoga practice won’t be beneficial if you are inconsistent. It really doesn’t matter if you are flexible, strong, injured, or out of shape. The point is to practice. To show up on your mat as often as possible to be present. To breathe. To slow down and check in with YOU!
Some of the best excuses I’ve heard are;
- I’m too tight. Yes of course. And whatever you don’t go to a yoga class to help with that.
- Yoga is boring. Well then you haven’t been to the right class. Yoga can be slow, fast, hard, gentle, sweaty, and deeply healing. If you haven’t liked it yet keep trying.
- I wish I had time. As I say, you either take time or time will take you. It’s that simple.
- I have too many injuries. The pharmacy industry is making a killing because you don’t think yoga can help.
- I couldn’t do that! No you can’t. You are in your 50’s and haven’t done much exercise but what you can do is start somewhere with something that works for you and stick to it.
- My mind is too busy to do yoga. And so is everyone else’s. Just get on the mat.
One time in particular I got so tired of hearing a gentleman I had just met with multiple issues yoga could help with all his excuses I said, “You know it’s not your body that’s tight. It’s your mind!”