6 Rebuttals for People Who Claim They Can’t Do Yoga

6-rebuttals-for-people-who-claim-they-cant-do-yogaIf you count a pas­sion­ate yogi among your inner cir­cle of friends, chances are that he or she has at some point encour­aged you to attend a yoga class. And if you’re read­ing this, it’s like­ly that you fal­tered and gave a real­ly great excuse—or so you thought. 

When peo­ple dis­cov­er some­thing that makes them feel as good as yoga does, they can’t help but want to share it. While feel­ing intim­i­dat­ed by their pushi­ness might be nat­ur­al, there’s real­ly no excuse not to try yoga for your­self.

Here are six rebut­tals for the most com­mon excus­es not to try yoga: 

I’m Not Flex­i­ble Enough.
If you think all peo­ple who prac­tice yoga are made of rub­ber, think again. Being flex­i­ble is far from being a pre­req­ui­site to enjoy­ing yoga—in fact, if you think you’re not stretchy enough, that means that you could prob­a­bly ben­e­fit from yoga, which will improve your flex­i­bil­i­ty.

Not to men­tion, yoga is about much more than just flexibility—strength, bal­ance, and sta­mi­na are a few oth­er areas that you’ll be work­ing on.

Final­ly, in yoga, every­thing is, well, flexible—there are no rules for how far you have to take a pose. There is always a mod­i­fi­ca­tion that can be made to accom­mo­date your body.

I Can Stretch at Home.
Sure, you can stretch at home—the same stretch­es you’ve been doing since the 6th grade. Yoga can intro­duce you to new pos­es that work your body in dif­fer­ent ways, giv­ing you a more well-round­ed stretch.

Anoth­er perk of head­ing to the stu­dio is the peo­ple. There’s a sub­tle buzz that is gen­er­at­ed when mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty come togeth­er. In a class, you’ll have the ben­e­fit of hav­ing a teacher who can cor­rect your align­ment and encour­age you to expe­ri­ence pos­es in dif­fer­ent ways.

Plus, yoga is more than just stretching—just take a class to see what I mean.

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I Want a Real Work­out.
If you don’t think that yoga is a real work­out, then head to your near­est hot yoga class—now try to tell me that it isn’t a real work­out!

Yoga encom­pass­es many dif­fer­ent types of class­es, and that’s part of what makes it so neat. If you want a class that will leave you shak­ing and sweat­ing, you can prob­a­bly find one. But don’t for­get to try a mel­low restora­tive class to bal­ance it out– you just might sur­prise your­self with how much you enjoy it.

I Tried Yoga Once. It Was Awful.
If you tried yoga before and it just didn’t click—well, first off, kudos to your for hav­ing giv­en it a go. Before you write it off entire­ly, how­ev­er, know that there are a mul­ti­tude of types of yoga class­es, and there are even more stu­dios and teach­ers than you could pos­si­bly imag­ine. Maybe the style, teacher, or stu­dio you tried just didn’t mesh with you—but instead of giv­ing it up, con­sid­er shop­ping around until you find your fit.

Many stu­dios offer free first class­es or cheap intro pass­es. These are ide­al for peo­ple try­ing to find their per­fect yoga home.

I Don’t Want to Join a Cult.
Ah yes, the chant­i­ng, the lin­go, the fact that your friend is try­ing so hard to recruit you—no won­der you think it’s a cult!

For some peo­ple, yoga real­ly is a way of life. For many oth­ers, it’s sim­ply some­thing that they do. Prac­tic­ing yoga doesn’t mean that you have to con­vert reli­gions or start speak­ing flu­ent San­skrit. It’s about doing what you feel com­fort­able doing. If that means skip­ping out on the “omm­m­mms”, then that’s per­fect­ly fine.

I Don’t Have Time for Yoga.
If you can’t pos­si­bly make time for yoga, chances are you’re liv­ing a pret­ty high stress life. You could prob­a­bly ben­e­fit from tak­ing an hour to calm your mind, take the ten­sion out of your shoul­ders, and to prac­tice grat­i­tude for the great things in your life. Hey, wait a minute… that sounds an awful lot like yoga!