I suppose there are still a lot of people out there who think yoga is simply a bunch of stretching that can’t do much to get you fit. And all I can say is that I’m guessing those people have never tried it. Yoga is no joke when it comes to being a difficult form of exercise and its benefits are far reaching. But there are people of all fitness levels who won’t give yoga a try for one reason or another, and usually because they don’t think of themselves as flexible and able to do all of the poses. Like any other fitness discipline though, it takes baby steps to get good at it.
You don’t begin jogging for exercise by running 10 miles, and you don’t begin yoga by doing an incredibly difficult routine with the more complicated poses. You must start small and grow by inches. Seated yoga is terrific for those who aren’t “yoga people.” Seated yoga is done on a mat for most people, but can be done in a chair for people who can’t get up and down off the floor. The positions in seated yoga don’t require the balance that the standing positions do, so you can learn the basic techniques and breathing without having to worry about that. But many of the seated yoga poses are wonderful for strengthening your core and for getting started with this incredible form of exercise.