I use this word a lot in my yoga classes — purposely.
Because it’s a great one to make friends with. Normalize. Welcome.
“Soften your belly like a nice loose Buddha belly.”
“Bend your knees so much you can press your belly into your thighs.”
“Hug your belly toward your spine to stabilize.”
“I like to move my foot to the right a few centimeters in this pose to make room for my belly.”
And so on.
Say it. Love it. Embrace it.
Twice a week I teach yoga to my kid’s soccer team. The other night I had them lie back on the turf in Supta Baddha Konasana and place both hands on their bellies, and say “Thank you, belly.”
They giggled. A lot.
It was so sweet and silly. And gentle.
Can you be a little more sweet, and silly, and gentle with yours?
September is National Yoga Month, so what better time to quash some of the most common misperceptions about yoga? Join us in debunking the myths of yoga together — starting with perhaps the most famous:
- YOU HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE TO PRACTICE YOGA.
Simply put, this one is a big NO. ❌ Yoga invites you to come exactly as you are: tight hamstrings, stiff shoulders, achy low back, creaky joints, busy mind, strained Achilles. If your muscles are tight, you’re in just the right place! Yoga was designed for you — and it will meet you where you are.
Pop culture representations of yogis tend to overemphasize already-flexible models performing flashy, bendy poses. Don’t let those fool you. Yoga is just as suited for the couch potato middle-aged dad who can’t touch his toes as it is for the ex-ballerina whose foot slides easily behind her head.
As you unroll your mat for the first (or 50th) time, trust that you’re in exactly the right place.