Sometimes seeing all the crazy flexible and hard poses of yoga in social media can really be discouraging. Friend, you don’t have to do any of that to benefit from yoga. You don’t have to be able to touch your toes or even do a push up. You can start yoga with any amount of strength and flexibility. It is yoga that builds and improves strength and flexibility.
Most people don’t come to yoga with a lot of strength or super flexible. Like me, most yogis start the journey NOT being able to do Chaturanga or even a push up on the knees. Sun Salutation A is the most basic form of yoga, and can be modified. I still have 1 or 2 modifications I need. Doing Sun Salutation A every day over time will build strength and flexibility. You don’t need to do 20 poses a day and 20 different the next day or hold them for 3 minutes each. Sun Salutation A is just a few poses that are held for a few breaths and repeated 3-5 times to your ability.
Since I’ve come into yoga with a lot of pain and little strength, I have been doing Sun Salutation A every day, and I have seen strength and flexibility built on these poses that I can use in other poses. By doing Sun Salutation A everyday, I realized when I tried plank again, I was stronger; when I did a forward stretch, I was more flexible; When my practice got longer, I had more endurance. It may not seem like you’re doing much by just repeating Sun Salutation A everyday, but you are! If you commit to this short practice at least 5-6 days a week, after a month you will see changes, and even more after two months, because I have experienced this very thing!
So, let’s take the thought captive that you’re not strong enough or flexible enough.
It is a lie that you are not __________ enough.
- not strong enough
- not flexible enough
- not good enough
YOU ARE ENOUGH! God has given you his complete strength, power and grace. He has made you completely worthy and enough, with his death on the cross. If your self-talk is always repeating that you are not enough, it is from satan, and you’re not valuing Jesus death on the cross and what he did for you. His death gave you his resume. You can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13)!
If you’re not challenging yourself to keep going, or refuse to try something that produces a little difficulty, you are relying on your own strength, which never works! God is God, creator of the earth, he is the energy in the world, he is the spirit and power that is inside you. If you will rely on him through the difficulties in life, and even the hard poses, you CAN do what you need to. Sometimes in a very difficult flow, where I feel my strength is failing and I just can’t hold my body up, I hang on and say “I need you Lord”, or sometimes I repeat “I can, you are here” over and over to get through something difficult. I have even starting taking this off the mat and into daily life, because it is true, God is here with us, he is enabling us to do his will, but we have to put the effort and work in.
If we still don’t think we are strong enough through Christ and we choose not to believe that he will provide us strength we are choosing fear and satan over God. We are telling God that we think the lies of Satan are stronger than God is. Rejecting God always blocks his power, grace and provision. Let’s focus on Gods promises and trust that he will provide us the strength and energy to do what we need.
- God supplies all of my needs (Phil 4:19)
- I can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13)
- God equips me to do his will (Heb 13:21)
- God is working in me to do what I need to (Phil 2:13)
- God is giving me strength ( 1 Tim 1:12)
Next posts in series:
You can do yoga: if you lack strength and flexibility
You can do yoga: with injuries and chronic pain
You can do yoga: with a tight budget
You can do yoga: just start!
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Resources: Telling yourself the truth: find your way out of depression, anxiety, fear, anger and other common problems by applying the principles of misbelief therapy. by William Backus and Marie Chapian.