No Flexibility… No Problem

No Comments
Hi Friends!

There is a stigma commonly associated with the practice of yoga; the need to be flexible in order to participate! This misconception has kept thousands of people from enjoying the many benefits of this incredible practice. Well, it’s time to clear the air and set the record straight.

YOU DON’T NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE TO DO YOGA!

In fact, flexibility doesn’t come easy for most men. As a former weightlifter and survivor of two car accidents that caused injuries to my lower back, I’m not a very flexible person. Knowing this, I usually try to get to Strala at least 15 minutes before class starts so I can warm up (especially before STRONG— I’m just sayin). I need time for my muscles to loosen up a bit before I do any kind of physical activity. However, I’m not the only person with this genius idea.

As I place my mat along the back wall in preparation for class, I can’t help but notice the 20 or so beautiful women dressed in Reebok pants and multi-colored tops, moving easily through poses that would probably break me in half. Remember, this is during my warm up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched in awe as these incredible ladies seamlessly flow into Scorpion, or find a bit of a meditative state as they glide into a bow pose.

These are just two of the many poses that I don’t seem to get along with– yet! I’ve tried and though they continue to show me no mercy, I feel like we’re beginning to warm up to one another.

The beautiful thing about yoga is that there is always something to work towards. Whether it’s holding a handstand or being able to get into a low squat, the possibility to improve is endless. That’s why it’s called yoga practice, not yoga perfect.

Before I started practicing yoga, I was training for a Men’s Physique competition. I was 5’7″ (I still am), weighed about 161 lbs. and was only 7.4% body fat. I had a physique that I loved, but had the flexibility of a turtle. I could barely scratch my back, let alone attempt a reverse prayer, which I can do now by the way. Two and a half years later, I still have a body that I’m proud of and I’m able to do things I never would have imagined. I’m still a work in progress and have accepted that I always will be!

Today, as a practicing yogi and yoga guide, I’ve discovered an affinity toward the practice. Yoga has taught me how to break through barriers, trust my instincts, find ease in my movements and listen to my body. From overcoming addiction, conquering an anxiety disorder and now acquiring more strength and flexibility, I now realize my only limitation is the one I create for myself.

Whether you’re a man, woman, overweight, bulky, short or tall, yoga is for you– it’s for everyone! Don’t allow your insecurities and/or fears of limitation keep you from discovering your best self. Hope to see you in class 🙂

Namaste.

Quentin Vennie

 

About Strala Yoga Training

Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.

It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.

In our Strala Yoga Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts, from your psychology, chemistry and neurology, to your chromosomes and even gene expression. The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.

Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Yoga Training

LASTEST ON INSTAGRAM

SEE MORE >

Get FREE Detox Yoga video right now to your inbox & keep up with new posts!

 

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fun one 👋Why do you practice ease? To feel better, to be able to enjoy more, serve more, to have enough energy to run around with the little ones in your life or something else? Pic by @inaraa_yoga before class in Berlin.Let us know in the comments.
Every  breath is an opportunity to feel better.
I create calm. When I choose to center myself, I create calm for me and the world around me.Welcome May, welcome our monthly theme, welcome our practice calendar, welcome calm. #stralayoga #createcalm
The mute button. 🤫An easy DIY #shiatsu to practice with yourself or with a partner. This #tsubo (entry point to a #meridian highway) has a way of calming an overactive mind. We named it the mute button in #stralayoga for a reason 😉Where
Below the big toe bone and a little in toward the center of the 🦶How
Press your thumb into this place as you lean in and away from the center of yourself or your partner.Now what
Soften yourself, breathe deep and make sure you are moveable. Hang here a bit without trying to make anything happen. Just chillNow what
Lean away from your partner to disconnect. Give them a bit of time to relax and maybe ask for some feedback.Don’t forget
Ask your partner for your turn 🙌
Where is your happy place? When it’s not possible to go “there” remember you can always slow down and travel within for lasting magic. 🔮 Our inner connections will make the outer ones so much more special when we all meet again. #stralayoga
Healthy, vibrant community spreads more healthy, vibrant community. 🌊 The positive variations are limitless. We are so proud of our #stralayoga family of Guides & the expansive communities they build, spread and reveal. Congrats @glogloya on your anniversary of creating @nooknyc You are an inspiration. #stralafamilyTag someone in your community you are grateful for.
We lead the experience of how we feel about ourselves.In #stralayoga training you learn how to be fully connected to your breath, body and voice as one.You learn how to move well in every moment on & off the mat through the practice of #taichiYou learn how to make a good connection in relationship with yourself & others through the practice of #shiatsuYou learn the form vocabulary of #yoga as healing movements and how to artfully #sequence for yourself and any group.You remember who you are and what gifts you have to share.You find your role in #communityYou gain endless friends around the globe who are so different from you in every way, but share a common goal of feeling better and a desire to help others. All the trees are beautiful. #stralafamilyOur wellbeing is connected. Everyone is invited.What does a Guide mean to you?
Yoga works best when it feels like you. #stralayoga
A yoga practice doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. A little throw back of little Daisy leading as the little ones do. Take this as your daily reminder to crawl down to the ground and move how it feels good for you today. Let us know how it goes. #stralayoga