Flexibility Issue: Regroup and Reorganize
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m realizing (further) the depth of my flexibility issue. It’s time for a new approach.
Here’s the problem: My flexibility is so poor that I can’t approximate even the simplest poses closely enough to improve them. The instructor says “Sit on the ground with your legs out.” I can do that. The instructor says “Now lean forward from the hips and grab your calves or toes or the soles of your feet.” I can’t do that. I succeed only in reaching my knees – the tops of my knees, to be exact. And that’s only because my arms cover the distance. I’m still sitting upright. During any yoga routine, I suffer this kind of flexibility problem on several different poses – actually, almost all of them.
My flexibility, at this point, is so dismal that I can’t see it getting better without me consciously working at it more than once a week. So I’ve made a game plan. Inspired last week by the revelation that I could do yoga from home using a DVD, I figured I’d try that out more regularly. If I use the 30-minute workout on The Gift of Yoga (YogaHub’s own production) three or four times a week, in addition to the Sunday night Yin class I attend, my flexibility should – I hope – improve dramatically.
Now, this is a bold step for me because I’m not the exercising type. I’m not specifically opposed to workouts or routines; I’m just not disciplined enough to stick to one. So this new resolve, rock-hard now, might be reduced to wet-tissue consistency before long. This is, therefore, just as much a test of will as it is an attempt to get into shape.
This week marks the start of my radical new approach – alright, so it’s not that radical. Nevertheless, it represents a challenge – an Everest, if you will. It is my White Whale, so wish me luck.[tags]flexibility issue, improvement, yoga at home, yoga dvd, yoga practice at home, yin yoga, daily yoga[/tags]