A yoga teacher’s biggest challenge isn’t getting into the toughest pose. The biggest challenge for a yoga teacher is convincing that person who thinks she is “not good at yoga” or “not flexible enough” to try a class.
All it takes is time and practice to become flexible in different poses, and flexibility isn’t the biggest benefit of yoga. Any experienced practitioner will speak of yoga’s emotion-balancing benefits and yoga’s ability to increase one’s sense of focus as the reasons that pushed them to keep practicing back when a simple toe touch felt impossible.
Getting into a yoga pose for the first time usually gives the student quite a rush of energy, and that rush usually feels very positive. It is often an overwhelming feeling of sorts, but in a totally positive way. The students finds themselves energized in a totally-new way, but at the same time, she feels unusually relaxed.
This state of being is actually easier for a non-flexible yoga newbie to attain, quite because the student is not flexible. Energy channels within the body, known to the ancient yogis as nadis, allow stress energy to be released when the body parts where the nadis are located get stimulated by slow movement.
For the yoga newbie,it takes only a small amount of motion to trigger the energy center within the muscles being stretched of flexed. Therefore, lack of flexibility doesn’t matter-a pose is “done right” when it makes a person feel right. Forcing oneself into a pose, or aiming to achieve visual satisfaction, only adds to stress.
By letting go of inhibitions and honoring limitations of movement, the yoga student ceases to focus on achievement and dwells in the moment. The true, deep emotional benefits of a pose can then be fully realized and reaped.