As the population increases in size (we’re talking girth here, not number of people). More and more yoga studios are offering classes designed specifically for this demographic. You may have to modify the poses to suit your current fitness level and size but that’s just fine.
Almost every new yoga student has to do some sort of modifications to the poses. Don’t let your weight hold you back.
Yoga can help you lose weight, improve your endurance and strength, and make you more comfortable in your body. If you’re overweight, it can be a challenge to take that first step into any new fitness program.
There’s the general consensus that you have to be in shape to exercise. You can’t get in shape unless you exercise. It can be a catch 22.
With yoga there are no restrictions. It is adaptable to your needs and can be practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels.
Find a Good Yoga Instructor:
It’s always important to search for a good yoga instructor.
They can guide you to achieve the best poses without causing injury.
However, if you’re overweight it’s even more important to find a skilled instructor.
You want to find someone who is supportive and willing to work with you to modify the poses to fit your current body and fitness level.
I have had yoga instructors who are overweight themselves and can teach from experience.
Some of these instructors offer classes to their overweight students.
Ask around to see what teachers are availablein your area.
You may also want to take a few private lessons so that you can get a feel for the instructor’s style.
Or call a few yoga studios in your area to find out what is on offer
There are different types of yoga styles to choose from.
Some like Bikram or Power yoga are not great places to start for anyone.
It’s always best to begin with a gentle yoga class and a beginner class if available.
Hatha, Kripalu, or Viniyoga are all great styles to begin with.
Don’t worry, if you have an aspiration to try Bikram or Power yoga, you’ll get there.
For now, learn the basics and develop your fitness.
You must modify the poses to suit your body, your fitness level, and your needs.
For example, some poses may require you to use props such as straps and blocks to assist your poses (asanas)
Just do what you can.
As your practice improves, your modifications will change.
Your body will change too. You’ll notice that your alignment improves, your strength increases, and your endurance and flexibility will improve as well.
Tips for Avoiding Yoga Injuries:
You might think yoga is a safe practice.
That there’s no way you can get hurt.
Unfortunately, the opposite is true.
Without a bit of proper care and prevention, yoga injuries can be quite common.
Protect yourself by learning a few expert pointers.
Listen to Your Body:
Depending on your personality, your yoga instructor, and your classmates, it can be easy to get a bit competitive.
Pushing your body too far on any given day can quickly result in a painful injury.
Understand that some days may be better days than others.
Your sleep, diet, and focus can all affect your performance.
Instead of thinking “I did this pose last week,” or “Joe is rocking this pose, I need to do better,” listen to what your body is telling you.
If it’s a day to push yourself, then great.
If it’s a day to hold back, then hold back.
Yoga is extraordinarily popular.
There are classes in just about any community across the country.
The vast growth of yoga means an increasing number of instructors.
However, all instructors are not created equally.
Some are quite skilled.
Others, not so much.
The unskilled or questionable instructors can cause injuries by pushing students too far or by positioning your body in a pose that you’re not ready for.
Pay attention to your instructor’s demeanor.
How do they handle beginner students?
Additionally, review their credentials.
How long have they been teaching and where did they get their certification?
Everyone starts yoga at the same place, as a beginner.
Allow yourself to be a beginner and ease into the practice.
It can take some time to find the right instructor and yoga type for your needs and personality.
Allow yourself time to learn and your body time to adapt.
Additionally, give your body time to warm up and cool down before class.
As you ease into each class, and out of it, you’re giving your body time to adapt and do what you request of it.
That also means going into postures slowly and coming out of them slowly, too.
Finally, try to go to a yoga class once a week or once a month.
The more time you give your body to learn the movements and become flexible and strong.
The better your classes will be.
And most importantly you’ll reduce your risk of injury.
Yoga is wonderful for your body, mind, and spirit.
Take it easy on yourself and prevent injuries so you can enjoy your practice year round.
In my opinion yoga is good all ages from 1 to 100 years and all shapes and sizes as well.
Never let anything get in the way of you from doing yoga.
If you want to lose weight, get in shape, and are interested in yoga then give it a try.
Don’t be discouraged by instructors or classmates who can bend their lithe bodies into pretzels.
You’ll get there if you want to.
For now, enjoy the many amazing physical and mental health benefits of yoga.
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet