Who can do yoga? Everyone, including you!
Yoga doesn’t have prerequisites, so beginners can come just as they are. There is no one type of person who benefits from yoga, and yoga encompasses a range of skill sets and abilities. Most studios will have varying levels of classes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced practitioners to develop. The first time you come, is a perfect time to come – there is always a class to meet you for where you’re at in your body. The Yoga Seed has many beginner oriented classes as well.
Yoga can be practiced by anyone, and everyone is a student. Even the teacher is learning as a student in their own practice. As long as you can learn, you can do yoga.
There is something about Yogis. They are a little freer, they somehow have a different glow. They feel health. I don’t know what it is about yoga – the poses and balancing acts, the exotic names, the structure of the class with a beginning, middle, and end. But I find myself feeling better too, and I don’t have to do the crazy poses to get that way.
A single pose can be reworked into multiple strategic positions that fit my body, and they can look different from my neighbors. Likewise, yoga can be practiced in a number of different ways to benefit each individual. There is yoga to fit every shape and style of person who has the interest in placing their feet on the mat and learning the practice.
I have been amazed at the number of different outreach activities and in-studio classes that occur through the Yoga Seed’s efforts to expand yoga to the communities. At the studio, there are classes in hatha yoga, vinyasa, stretching, yin, and an all-bodies class tailored to persons with physical limitations.
With an outward push to reach out to disadvantaged communities, the Yoga Seed is bringing yoga teachers to teach at schools for kids with developmental traits, jails or inmates, hospitals and the workplace for high stress employees, and classes for veterans. The wide range of demographics in and around Sacramento encouraged to take up the practice shows the great accessibility that the Yoga Seed presents. If they can do it, so can I. And hey, if I can do it, so can you.
Submitted by Marissa Jacobi