Beginner Yoga for Flexibility | Yoga for Beginners 1 hour | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 273

by Melissa West on April 3, 2015

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Flexibility

Beginners-Yoga-for-FlexibilityWhen we asked beginner’s what the biggest obstacle to learning yoga they faced, many of them responded with lack of flexibility. The great news is that you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. You practice yoga to become flexible.

As adults, we are confined to chairs, desks, couches, cars, public transportation and we don’t explore our world through movement the way we did as children. We have essentially stopped moving. Chairs, desks, computers, hand held devices, cell phones rear view mirrors, rear view cameras, back up sensors, and remote controls all mean that we don’t move. In our world, it is difficult to overcome all the not moving we do.

Yoga is a great antidote to our sedentary and confined lifestyle. Katy Bowman uses the analogy of a body cast to describe how our bodies get stuck in certain positions from not moving. She describes how our muscles shorten, thicken and lose their range of motion and connective tissue grows between the muscles to form a cast between the unmoving parts.

A computer screen holds the muscles of your eyes. Seats from chairs, couches, to office chairs all hold your body in a “casted position.” In this class, we will practice overcoming two of the most casted positions – eyes from computers screens and the parts of our bodies that are casted from sitting.

Resources:

  • Tim Neupert and Geoff Anderson: Original Strength, Regaining the Body You Were Meant to Have
  • Katy Bowman on “Casting

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Chest Opener or Anuvittasana, Dancer or Natarajasana, Sphinx Pose or Salambha Bhujangasana, Locust or Salabhasana , Eye Yoga, Savasana or Corpse Pose

Props Needed: Yoga Blocks, Yoga Strap, Wall or Chair

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