When people hear that I am a Yoga instructor, often their response is “oh, I could never do that, I’m not flexible enough”, to which I respond, “Well, how do you think you get that way?!” Yoga really is something that almost everyone can do regardless of age, body type, fitness level, and in many cases…physical limitations. A well-trained, experienced Yoga instructor can show the student alternates to postures based on that person’s individual needs including the use of props. In both my Vinyasa and Yin classes here at Shaolin Kempo Academy, we use props A LOT. Blocks, bolsters, straps, blankets, pillows, and anything else hanging around that will support the Yogi in his/her posture—we use it! Props allow even the most inflexible Yogi to get into a posture comfortably and get maximum benefit, and allows the seasoned Yogi to explore the full extension of a posture without worrying about falling over or straining a muscle.
So you think you aren’t flexible enough for yoga? I invite you to come to a Yoga class at Shaolin Kempo Academy and let me introduce you to the Yogi inside of you who is just waiting to come out.