The flexibility myth: why you don’t need to be bendy to enjoy Yoga

We love yoga here at yogatri. You probably guessed that already just by looking at our website but it’s true, we love to help spread the benefits of yoga to as many people as possible. There is however a common misconception that yoga is only for the most flexible of people, and that you can only attend a class if you can already touch your toes with your nose.

We love Yoga here at Yogatri. You probably guessed that already just by looking at our website but it’s true, we love to help spread the benefits of yoga to as many people as possible. There is however a common misconception that yoga is only for the most flexible of people, and that you can only attend a class if you can already touch your toes with your nose.

Whilst flexibility is an important part of yoga, it is certainly not the be all and end all, and it’s certainly not a prerequisite to joining a class. If anything, increased flexibility is a goal, an aim to work towards but certainly not a requirement or even an end result. We’re all individuals, and as such our bodies act and react in different ways, and yoga is about finding the level of flexibility that is comfortable for you.

Regular yoga will help to increase that flexibility, but it is far from the only benefit. Yoga has been shown to improve the tone and strength of your muscles, with careful and mindful instruction aiding your key muscle groups equally over the course of several sessions.

As well as benefiting muscle tone and core strength, allowing you to be more aware of your stomach muscles and the work they can do everyday, yoga is also provides a highly effective cardio and respiratory workout. The simple breathing techniques employed throughout each position and transition help to strengthen heart and lungs, in turn increasing energy levels and helping to build a general feeling of well-being.

Yoga is a great form of exercise all round, particularly for those who aren’t at home on a treadmill or in the pool, and it should always be practiced to the best of your ability. You should never worry about not reaching the same standard of flexibility as the bendiest person in the room, and we at Yogatri will always help you find your comfort zone before gently easing you onwards.

Yogatri is for everyone, and it’s our mission to prove that you don’t have to bend over backwards to get the most out of yoga.