For some, yoga is a peaceful, relaxing workout that makes them feel rejuvenated and healthy. The way a pose can release the toxins in the body and stretch tight muscles, makes them actually look forward to their daily practice. For the rest of us who struggle to even touch our toes let alone contort ourselves into praying twist, yoga can feel like a cruel reminder of just how inflexible our bodies have become. If you’re among the non-pretzel posing bodies of the world, read on! Refinery29 has 12 yoga poses designed especially for you!
So, you say you’re not flexible? Join the club. Many factors can contribute to a less-than-bendy body, from genetics to the weather outside. Age and gender also play a role, as men and older people tend to be less flexible than the young and females. But that doesn’t mean you should rule out yoga, says Chrissy Carter, creator of Beginning Yoga by Gaiam and a NYC-based yoga instructor. Carter says these moves will help you feel calmer, sleep better, and yes, get more flexible.