Sunday, November 10, 2013

How Yoga Works - Who Can Do Yoga?

Who can do yoga, and what can yoga do for you?

When I practice yoga at studios, I meet people who are positively happy and grateful to have their yoga practice.  I don't know what it is about yoga - the poses and balancing acts, the exotic names, the structure of the class with a beginning, middle, and end.  But I find myself wanting to involve others and so does the Yoga Seed.

A single pose can be reworked into multiple strategic positions. Likewise, yoga can be practiced in a number of different ways to benefit each individual.  There is yoga to fit every shape and style of person who has the interest in placing their feet on the mat and learning the practice.

I have been amazed at the number of different outreach activities that occur through the Yoga Seed's efforts to expand yoga to the communities.  At the studio, there are classes in hatha yoga, vinyasa, stretching, yin, and an all-bodies class tailored to persons with physical limitations.  With an outward push to reach out to disadvantaged communities, the Yoga Seed is bringing yoga teachers to teach at schools for kids with developmental traits, jails or inmates, hospitals and the workplace for high stress employees, and classes for veterans.  The wide range of demographics in and around Sacramento encouraged to take up the practice shows the great accessibility that the Yoga Seed presents.

All of these people are practicing yoga. 

Yoga doesn't have prerequisites, so beginners can come just as they are.  There is no one type of person who benefits from yoga, and yoga encompasses a range of skill sets and abilities.  Most studios will have varying levels of classes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced practitioners to develop.  The first time you come, is a perfect time to come - there is always a class to meet you for where you're at in your body.  The Yoga Seed has many beginner oriented classes as well.  Even better, the donation based structure makes it affordable so dealing with financial situations can practice and be taken care of.

Yoga can be practiced by anyone, and everyone is a student.  Even the teacher is learning as a student in their own practice.  As long as you can learn, you can do yoga. 

See the next article to learn some of the many benefits of engaging in yoga.

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