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10 Yoga Tips for Bigger People Looking to Get Started with Yoga

Yoga Doesn't Care About Your Size, Yoga Cares About Your Heart

So you’re a little bigger.

That’s okay, you are here to try and change your body and start slimming down. Let me tell you right now, it’s going to be a process.

Yoga isn’t a bad place to start, though. It will get your body limber and help you slim down. Now, there are a lot of other factors that will go into a fitness journey, but yoga can speed up the process.

Yoga Tips for Bigger People

Bigger people may have a harder time trying to gain enough courage to even start yoga. That is perfectly understandable.

There may be some fear you have that no matter what you try, you won’t be able to do it right away. For starters, this isn’t true.

You can do whatever you want to do. The main thing you need to worry about is getting over that slight bit of fear and the rest will slowly fall into place.

1. Be Positive

People often forget the power of positive thinking.

Yes, things may be a little difficult at first, but over time, things will become much easier to do.

It can be pretty easy to become frustrated because when you start, you may not be exactly where you want to be or things may be harder than you think they would’ve been. This is a time where you can decide to quit or stay positive and continue.

My suggestion is to keep pushing yourself. Be confident in what you’re trying to do. There are plenty of ways you can improve your confidence if you feel as though you are lacking in that department.

The more you do something, the easier it becomes. Everything takes practice. You may never be a yoga master, but yoga will slowly start to feel like second nature.

2. Listen to Your Body

Your body will let you know when you’re tired. Most of the time, you should really listen to it. It’s important not to push yourself too far, too fast.

Another thing you should be aware of is when you’re going into a pose, if you feel extremely uncomfortable, adjust your body in a way that will make the pose much more comfortable for you. Eventually, you should be able to do the pose with little to no problems.

Most yoga poses are designed to keep your muscles and bones aligned so making sure you’re comfortable is key. Doing the pose properly, even if you can’t sink into it fully, will allow you to remain as comfortable as possible.

3. Widen that Stance

Many yoga poses will ask for you to have your feet at about shoulder width. For many bigger people, this can cause a problem.

You may not have the same necessary balance required yet. In order for you to achieve some poses, you may have to widen your stance. This will just create a stronger base for you so that you’ll be able to hold the pose.

Making a stronger base for yourself will make the pose much easier to do, especially if you are a beginner. No shame, in making something easier for you until you can properly execute the pose.

4. Stretch More Often

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When you first start doing yoga, you probably aren’t nearly as flexible as you expect to be. This is why doing it every single day is crucial.

Stretching more often will not only make yoga easier, it’ll decrease your risks of injury doing any physical activity down the road.

If you want to move on to more difficult yoga poses, you need to make sure your flexibility is up to par. If it’s not, you will more than likely stay at the current level you’re at.

If you want to improve your flexibility, you can increase it significantly with these poses.

5. There are No Limits

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Something that you should remember, not only when you are doing yoga, there are no limits. You can do anything.

Seriously, anything you set your mind to is possible. You may not be able to achieve something right away, but if you stick with something, you can do great things. You can go from not being able to touch your toes to doing splits everywhere you go.

A lot of physical activity requires mental strength. Being mentally strong will allow you to not have any limits. Limits only hold you back. When you realize that you don’t have any limits, you can go beyond anything you ever thought was imaginable.

6. Find the Right Program

If you are starting a full yoga program, you need to make sure that you find the right one for you. Find one that won’t bore you or push you too hard.

This may take a little bit of time, but trying different things is something that you really should experiment with. Try a lot of different programs. You won’t know what you like and dislike unless you try a lot of different things.

If you’re having trouble finding a program that is right for you, YouTube is a great place to check. YouTube has a bunch of great yoga channels that are useful for people at every level of expertise.

7. Be Mindful of Your Body

By this, I mean not to push yourself beyond your “limits.” I know that I said earlier there are no limits, but until you can progress further, your body may not be able to handle certain poses.

You may be able to do certain things right away. If not, it’s okay.

Just be aware of the strength and flexibility required for some poses. Again, try to do your best not to push yourself to a point that you may injure yourself and set yourself back.

8. Track All Progress

Do what you can to track your progress. It’s important to see how far you’ve come, not only a few months from now but even a few days from now.

Seeing the progress you’ve made is great to keep your motivation up. When you see yourself progressing, you’ll want to keep going to see how far you can keep pushing yourself.

This could also help you from getting discouraged. When you are starting any kind of fitness journey, there will come a point where you become frustrated. It’s going to suck, but this is when checking your progress really comes in handy. When you can see your progress and how far you’ve come, it’ll act as reinforcement for you and prove that you can keep going.

9. Props

By props, I mean something like blocks that can help aid you in certain poses. Not all poses require props, so you may not need to use them very often.

If you have to use props, don’t worry. It’s honestly nothing to be ashamed of. The will allow you to get deeper into a pose without putting yourself at greater risk for injury.

Props should only be used to aid in any pose you are trying to do. This is their main purpose and should only be used in that way.

10. Take it Slow

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Don’t kill yourself trying to become Mr.Fantastic in a few days. It’s going to take some time before you can call yourself a flexible human being. That’s just how it is.

Ease into the yoga. If you strain yourself too fast, you will only hurt yourself and have more setbacks than you’d like.

If you want to take it super slow, that’s fine. Start slow and you can progressively pick up the pace.

Take your time, your body isn’t going anywhere, it will go at the pace you force it to go at.

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