This video is for people who are interested in yoga but have trouble doing the most basic positions. Often these people just give up, when in fact they need asana practice more than anyone else! This video will show some of the modifications one c...
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Patrick: So this situation happens to me a lot. I am talking to someone and getting to know them and they ask, "So, what do you do?" And I say, "Actually, I am a yoga teacher." And they say, "Oh really." I say, "Yeah you should try yoga sometime. You will like it." And they say, "Ah, I am too tired for yoga. I just could never do that. You know I am just too tired." This answer kind of drives me crazy and here is why. Imagine a fat person saying to you, you know I know I need to lose some weight but I am just too fat to go on a diet. It doesn't make any sense, right? The reason you start to diet is because you are overweight and the same is true in this situation. The reason you start the yoga practice is because you are tired. So don't let that stop you. In this video we are going to give you some tips. I am Patrick and this is my weight patient and somewhat inflexible friend, David and today we are going to show you some variations. If you are one of those people who can't touch their toes and feels like yoga or something you could never do. Let's start up with Staff Pose. The ideal image for this pose is your toe is completely pointing up, your leg is locked and straight and your back at a 90 degree align. But you can see David has tight hamstrings so his pelvis isn't allowing him to come up into the fore-seated position. His back is curved and his toes are pointed forward. To help him out, we are going to put a block or a blanket underneath his pelvis and put him against the wall. This will going to help him find that natural align and the elevation from the block allows his pelvis to tilt a bit and makes the space for the legs. From there just keep your head, the back of the head on the wall and you can see the line becomes much nicer. Along the same lines is the Seated Forward Bend. The same thing is going to keep David from having a success in this pose. His hamstrings are so tight that the pelvis is kind of locked in that backward tilted position and he can't get down there. He is having to work from his back not his hips. So we are going to use the block and the wall setup again, and this time add a blanket behind the lumbar. This blanket serves to keep David honest. If he tilts and stretches from his back too much, he is going to lose the blanket. It's going to fall through. So it kind of encourages him to work from the hip sockets rather than the spine. From here take a deep breath, make some space in your stomach and as you breathe out go deeper into the pose. It may not look like much but David is getting a much purer stretch this way other than straining his back enough. So the rule of thumb here is that when you are having trouble working from your hips because of tight hamstrings you need to elevate your pelvis with a block or blanket or something like that and it will really help you natural alignment. Another result of tight hamstrings is that David can't get his hands down to his foot. This means he is kind of hanging in the wind. There is no stability in the pose; he is just kind of going left and right. You can't get a deep stretch. So in this situation, all you do is get a strap, out it in the arch of your foot and use the strap, not to pull or to yank the pose deeper bit to provide some stability. Just like before, the action is all coming from the hip area but this strap gives David something to hold on to and makes the pose a little more comfortable and controlled. So another good rule of thumb if you are having trouble with the pose is to go ahead and use a strap but you are not using it to pull, you are using it to add some structure to the pose, making it easier to stretch the targeted muscle movement. Up next is a pose that gives tight people all kinds of trouble because it hits all of their weak points, downward dog. You can see my heels are down near the ground and my back is pretty flat if not curved inversely but David, because of his hamstrings and his rounded shoulders is having a lot of tro

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