Yoga

How long it takes to become flexible while practicing Yoga

July 27, 2017
Flexibility

Are you the one of those persons who keep thinking about flexibility when stepping into a Yoga mat. One who always dreams about being super flexible and sliding into all the poses efficiently. The fact is that no one can ever answer this question. Daily yoga practice always helps you to gain strength and flexibility. Flexibility is the side benefit of yoga practice.

Every person is different. Also flexibility depends on your body type, your genetics play a role here.Other reasons can be your physical fitness level. If your body has accumulated heaps of fat layers due to your sedentary life style then it will take some efforts from your side too.Sometimes, it is the way you are practicing the yoga. Are you properly breathing while following the poses.Your breath movement can do wonders.

You might have also noticed, that some days are so smooth and some days you feel even a push from your end is not making the movement smooth.So, you have your days of flexibility.

Sometimes you might have noticed that you have a fair progress in terms of your flexibility and then suddenly you hit the plateau. You become stagnant and it takes real time and effort to advance further.

All, you have to do is to be patient with yourself. Flexibility is not the ultimate goal, it will be a part of the package that you will gain. The moment you let go the idea of flexibility, you will find your practice more meaningful. Don’t force any pose as it might lead to injuries and will take you four steps back.

Enjoy your daily practice, flexibility will come on its own time.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Seema August 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Nice points Soniya, I do basic yoga like Kapalbhati and few aasans but still i feel i cant do many poses as they need much flexibility. Do you suggest any particular but easy yoga poses to increase flexibility?

    • Reply yogafreak August 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Hi Seema. You can see the below link from asthanga primary series. I believe, you can try some sitting asanas from Dandasana to Janu Sirsanana.
      Also, try to practice some strength building asana especially that focus on your core like plank. Combination of flexibility and strength will do wonder in your practice.
      https://www.ashtangayoga.info/practice/primary-series-yoga-chikitsa/

      Apart from this you can include basic asana in your daily practice. See the link below.

      https://www.ashtangayoga.info/practice/downloads/cheat-sheets-pdf/

      • Reply Seema August 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm

        Thanks Soniya, I was not aware, Yoga is really very vast. Thanks for sending step by step poses. I am familiar with Surya Namaskar, i done that last year for a month, will start it again with it and then use Fundamental positions 🙂

        • Reply yogafreak August 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm

          Great!! Keep practicing 🙂

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