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    Hi guys! I have encountered a problem. I am an average build, lightly muscular, and capable of doing most level 3 darebee programs. However, I am not very flexible, and I run into difficulty every time yoga appears in my workout programs. Bodyweight exercises I have no problem with, because I can always take a break or power through if the routine becomes too tough. However, with yoga, there are some positions that my body is simply not able to contort itself into. I have tried doing the 30 days of yoga program because it said it was for beginners, but even that I have extreme difficulty with because I can only do half the poses. I'm starting to feel a bit helpless and frustrated, but I don't want to give up. What can I do to make the yoga sections easier while I try to build flexibility?
    Many thanks.

    #2
    Start with these workouts for 3 or 4 weeks, then it might be better:

    https://darebee.com/workouts/office-yoga-workout.html
    https://darebee.com/workouts/origami-yoga-workout.html
    https://darebee.com/workouts/better-...a-workout.htmlhttps://darebee.com/workouts/everyday-yoga-workout.html

    Hope this is helpful​​​​​​​

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      #3
      You could also check out YouTube vids of Yoga with Adriene. She has tons of 30 day programs as well as separate workouts. She always provides modifications for beginners and less flexible people. My husb now loves our yoga sessions and he was THE most reluctant to even try it. Adriene’s voice is pleasant, and she isn’t wasting words, while taking you through sometimes very unconventional and non standard practice. It’s like she’s a personal yoga instructor just for (all of) us.
      There are many Bees in the Hive that use her videos by simply adding them into daily workouts, for yoga benefit.

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        #4
        AdasTheAxe, if you'd like, you can list the poses you are having difficulties with and I can help you find the versions appropriate for your specific anatomy. But I would like to say something about yoga in general - the point of yoga is not contortion (despite what is often depicted in the media nowadays), it is finding stillness and ease in a pose or during meditation. It's about down-regulating the nervous system, about turning the attention inwards, breathing easily and being comfortable with yourself. If we're talking poses, then a good way of approaching them is to look for the intention. Let's take the Tree pose (the second pose of day 1 in the 30 days of yoga program). Hiking up your leg to the groin and holding still is not available to many people. But what are the joints actually doing? The standing leg is straight and the other one is flexed and rotated outwards. You can achieve this by simply placing the flexed leg on the ground next to the other ankle while turning it outward, or placing it a bit higher up on the calf if that's available to you. It will not be the same range of movement as on the picture but the action and intention is the same. Another example is the Upward facing dog pose (day 2, 3rd pose) - you don't have to have your arms straight and a 90 degree angle in your back. You are looking for the extension of the spine/neck and straight legs, which can also be achieved doing the cobra pose, meaning your elbows are flexed or you just lift your head from the prone position and engage the back muscles to lift your upper body, like the superman. You can also use props (yoga blocks or a stack of books/chair) to make other poses more comfortable. If we look at malasana (yogic squat), depicted in day 4, 3rd pose, this shape is not available to many, including myself - and I have been practising for 15 years. My hip joints will not allow this. So I look at the intention. If the intention is to keep the back straight, I can stay higher up and have less flexion in the hips while both feet are on the ground, or I can go lower and lift the heels. I can also decide that the straight back is not a priority for me (imagine having to pee or poo in the woods!, sorry for the weird example), in which case my back will be rounded but I will have greater hip flexion and both heels on the ground. Downward facing dog is the same - a shape that looks like a triangle is not available to many in the general population. The intention is to keep the back straight, so bending the knees and lifting the heels will help you achieve that. Try to look at the poses from this perspective and adapt them to your anatomy and level of flexibility.

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          #5
          AdasTheAxe Go as far as you can with Yoga poses, your edge. You can also drop into a beginners Yoga class where a teacher can see what your problem is. Most studios have a drop in fee or a special low price day. Hot Yoga will let you be a bit more flexible.

          Some will think they are doing some pose correct watching a video but often don't realize bad form and little details are many.

          You don't really say what poses you have difficulty with. Example https://darebee.com/programs/30-days...owall=&start=2
          posture 7, you can use a strap if you can't reach your foot.

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            #6
            Kaleo DorothyMH Ann-Core thinman Thank you all so much for your advice. I will try your suggestions, and keep pushing forward.
            Many thanks!

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              #7
              Ann-Core, thanks for the reminder of "intention" in yoga practice. It's easy to get lost in the poses and "getting it done" and to forget about intention.

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                #8
                My Yoga studio motto is "accept yourself".

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