Deciding to start yoga is easy. Actually getting started, well, that’s another story. You want the benefits, but you don’t know how to start.
Yoga studios are everywhere, but to an outsider, they can appear like an exclusive club that only caters to the elite; never mind the members, those young, thin bodies poured into the tightest of spandex outfits.
If you’re a plus-size-person, it’s tough enough to get over your emotional reservations, much less the physical restrictions you may be under. Yeah, it’s easy to see why it’s so hard to get started.
Why Bother With Yoga?
We all know that regular physical activity is good for, and will improve, your health. But yoga goes beyond that. Not only can it increase your flexibility, strength, and muscle tone, but it also relieves stress and promotes a more positive self-image.
If you’re plus sized, you may suffer from joint pain. Did you know that yoga helps improve your body alignment, thereby reducing strain on your joints by allowing them to distribute your weight more efficiently?
Yoga helps with balance, too. Not only physical balance, but emotional balance. Yes, it’s true. Yoga can put your mind and body in harmony which will encourage a positive self-image and increase self-esteem. It’ll give you an overall sense of well-being.
Let’s Get Started
The ideal way to learn yoga is from a qualified instructor. And, plus-size classes are getting more popular. But even if you don’t have a plus-size class near you, you can try a beginner class, like a gentle Hatha class. Try an Integral or Kripalu class, first, because the instructors have been trained to deal with different ability levels and body types. You can even talk to the instructor before you join. Let him/her know what your physical restraints are. The teacher can offer advice, and equipment, if needed.
If you just seriously can’t get yourself to go to a class, you still have options. First, if you can afford it, you can take private yoga instruction. This is a perfect way to learn and gain confidence before joining a class.
A much cheaper option would be to purchase a DVD to use at home. With a DVD, you can choose exactly what you want. Plus-size yoga DVD’s are available.
Yoga isn’t really effective for weight loss. If you’re doing this to lose weight, you’ll have to incorporate some aerobic exercise and a food plan. But, if you just want more energy and self-confidence, yoga is your best bet.