As a yoga instructor, I can’t even explain to you how many times I’ve heard people say they don’t think they’d be good at yoga because they’re just not flexible enough. Even though contorting my body is kind of my jam these days, I definitely used to be in the can’t-even-touch-my toes club right along with you. But trust me, there are plenty of yoga poses you can do that don’t require any flexibility.
That being said, light stretching before a workout is key to preventing injuries, so please don’t shun your typical stretch entirely. It’s important to get the blood flowing and get your muscles feeling nice and limber before you do any exercise of any kind.
But I promise you, these poses won’t require anything in the realm of a full split, deep backbend, or any other bendy adjustments that look like they’re straight out of a Cirque du Soleil show.
Don’t believe me? Try these six simple yoga poses for yourself.
1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
This asana is incredibly grounding and empowering. Mountain pose is the foundation of a strong, stable yoga flow and requires focus and pristine posture.
Root your feet down into the earth, and allow your even breathing to guide you to a grounded, composed center.
2. Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga)
Chaturanga is the ultimate shoulder-sculptor, and when done properly, that burn will feel real AF.
Though it’s technically called four-limbed staff pose, it’s essentially just a variation of the classic push-up.
Make sure you’re keeping your elbows glued to your sides and your shoulder blades broad. If you need to build arm strength before attempting this pose, try modifying with a knees-chest-chin variation.
3. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
Sitting in a chair is easy until you take away the chair, that is.
Say sayonara to splits and introduce this powerful glute-sculptor into your routine.
As you sit deeper in your imaginary chair, try to raise your chest higher, ensuring a consistent focus on the breath.
And yes, it feels amazing to sit in an actual chair once you’re done with this bad boy.
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Namaste, my non-flexible crew!
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