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What should I do if I can't do all of the poses in yoga class?

Definitely not—in fact, one of the greatest benefits of yoga is that you learn to become more patient with yourself and your body. One of the greatest benefits of yoga is that you learn to become more patient with yourself and your body. The journey of yoga is never-ending and there will always be more to learn so your goal should not be to “complete” every pose. At YogaWorks, our professional yoga instructors understand that there are many abilities and levels in a room filled with students and they will provide guidance through modifications and support systems (i.e., props) so that students can follow along to the best of their ability. In yoga, we cultivate mindfulness and we learn to listen to what the body is telling us. When we honor what our body is telling us, we learn a great deal about finding our edge without going too far.

Sadie Lincoln
Sadie Lincoln on behalf of barre3
Fitness Specialist

Even in the most calming and gentle yoga class, we can feel frustrated by not being able to “do” all of the postures the way we would like. But yoga, and many of the classes that are inspired by yoga, including barre3, are not designed to achieve perfection. Some of the most valuable take-aways from these practices are in those moments when we are challenged and humbled by our own limitations. If you can remove yourself from your ego and embrace the moment for what it is, you will gain even more from your practice than the physical satisfaction we are so conditioned to desire. Approaching yoga, and all forms of exercise, as a journey rather than a destination can help to shift your mindset.

Many first time yoga participants are unable to perform all of the poses. Many yoga classes have various levels and offer props to assist in getting to all of the poses. Be patient, after a few weeks, you will eventually be able to achieve more.

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