Yoga for the inflexible

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I’m sure you’ve said it or heard it before, “I’m not flexible enough for yoga.” Today we’re going to DEBUNK that thought. Any body can do yoga at any level of flexibility. Yoga gear like blocks or straps can come in handy when you need a little extra boost. Even if you are flexible, blocks and straps can also come in handy when you might need to take a new, more challenging posture slower. It’s always better to do a posture with correct alignment rather than jumping into it.


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There’s a handful of yoga gear available to bring your yoga practice to the next level. Straps to help improve flexibility, blocks for when you need an extra boost in a posture and yoga cushions for when you need extra padding for you knees or elbows. Yoga isnt supposed to be painful. Only when you’re sore the next day from a challenging flow. 

Utilizing a yoga strap helps keep your alignment correct without overextending your muscles. When you push your muscles into a posture before you’re ready you can pull a muscle. When doing postures like a forward fold your back is supposed to be straight, not rounded. Utilizing a strap around your feet can help you slowly, and correctly, get your upper body closer to your legs. Some other postures a strap can be useful in is:

  • Reclining leg stretch
  • Shoulder stretch
  • Bound/bind poses 
  • Crow pose 
  • Dancers pose 
  • Chaturanga
  • Boat pose


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