Q&A Wednesday

Q&A Wednesday: Why can’t I get flexible?

Happy Wednesday, family!

Today’s question came from someone who said that they’ve been inflexible their entire lives, so is there any point in even trying to improve that now. UHH, HECK YES! Here’s why:

There are lots of you who feel like progress in the flexibility department never seems to budge no matter how much yoga and stretching you do. I’m a firm believer in the idea that while not all of us can be Gumby, certainly we ALL can gain a level of flexibility that allows for freedom of movement, comfortable living, and a fulfilling yoga practice.

Your approach might need some tweaking, so here’s how you can adjust your approach to get the most out of the work you put in.

Over to you! Do you struggle with improving your flexibility? Have you been able to improve and do you have any best practices to share?

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11 Comments

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    LisaZ

    March 16, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I so struggle with this! Even after practicing yoga for a year I still cannot do a forward fold without bending my knees so my hand touch the floor. I’m going to take your advice and do forward folds for 1.30 without bending my knees and see how I improve.

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      Erin Motz

      March 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      awesome!!! let us know how it goes 🙂

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    Lexi

    March 16, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Please, fewer edits! It’s okay to not be perfect, but yowza, it was so jumpy and awkward that it made this whole answer seem anything BUT natural and spontaneous. x-x

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    Candace

    March 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

    This was great news for me I am 29 years old 5’8 and 293 lbs. I have been doing yoga on and off for the last couple years and because I am not consistent I don’t see much improvement. Breaking it down this way makes it totally doable to get the flexibility I am looking to obtain. my range now is pretty decent for my size though but I thought the only way to get better was to do full yoga classes and that usually became overwhelming.

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    Mercedes Franco

    March 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I can’t do Lotus. Practice everyday and have got more flexible with time, but Yoga was first practice in India by men with no hips and legs and thighs as thin as my arms…. I remind myself all the time what Yoga is really about … and be grateful for what I do…

    By the way, not as direct as previous comment, but could you do less editing? your voice sounds really cut and the video overall looks patchy!

    Still love you, your comments and advice and: Bad Yogi Forever!!!!!!

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      Erin Motz

      March 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      thanks for the feedback, mercedes! 🙂 taking this in to account for next week!

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    Letizia

    March 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I am almost 30 and never been flexible…after 2 years of yoga(60 to 90 minutes, 6 days a week) I can see great improvements(from not touching my toes to plant my palms on the floor in forward fold)! Totally agree, consistency is the key!!

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    Ana

    March 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks you for this question, and Thanks to Steve for asking 🙂 i struggle with my hamstrings also which give me a challenge when in downward facing dog. I,’ll try the challenge 🙂

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    Caitlin

    March 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I really appreciate the advice in this video. Breaking down something so broad like “increasing flexibility” into manageable, daily habits to build makes it seem less daunting and more achievable. However, a major factor in flexibility (or lack thereof) is an individual’s physiology. For example, the angle at which a person’s femurs insert into the hip sockets can be very limiting as far as “hip opening” goes. Not everyone will be able to do poses that require a lot of flexibility like Hanumanasana or Svarga Dvidasana no matter how much they practice. It’s important to keep the true purpose of yoga foremost in your mind when you practice, so as to be patient and kind with your body and to keep your ego from causing you to overdo it.

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    Kristina Woolf

    March 16, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Totally me and I teach yoga!!! But over the years it has improved and I can start to see small changes..I always remind myself it’s not so much about getting my hands to the floor in a forward fold..it’s what happened s on the way down..I think it’s awesome now to be a yoga teacher who is not a gumbo as I can totally relate with the internal and external struggle.. xoxox

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    Steffi

    March 16, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Love this topic! I’ve always had difficulties with flexibility. Will def give this a try 🙂

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