Making Vinyasa Accessible: Hands-Free Practice
I love vinyasa yoga. I also recognize that the bulk of vinyasa yoga classes available online and in studios are not accessible to a lot of people. Western yoga tends to cater to the young, thin and able-bodied. That leaves a lot of people behind.
Folks may feel excluded from vinyasa yoga because they move differently in some way. Or maybe they are rocking a larger body that traditional yoga poses don’t account for. Making yoga more accessible to more people is my mission and hands-free vinyasa flow is one way I make it happen.
Making Vinyasa yoga more accessible
There are many benefits to a hands-free yoga practice including:
- No pressure in the joints of the upper body. This can be a huge relief if you’re experiencing pain from overuse or injury.
- Making yoga more available in situations where you can’t (or don’t want to!) get down on the floor like your office or the airport
- Making yoga more accessible if you’d prefer to practice while seated
- Improved balance developed while transitioning between standing poses hands-free practices
Who is hands-free yoga for?
Anyone! Anyone can do hands-free vinyasa yoga, but it’s ideal for people who:
- Have sore wrists due to carpal tunnel or tendonitis
- Experience pain or numbness in their hands
- Have a shoulder injury
- Don’t want to put pressure into their hands, for whatever reason!
- Want to challenge themselves to experience yoga in a new way
- Are looking for a way to practice yoga even on those days when they are feeing the impact of too many chaturangas
Have you tried hands-free vinyasa?
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