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
Hands-free vinyasa is one of my most-requested yoga classes on YouTube and in my Yoga For All workshops. People want to do yoga without putting weight in their hands. They just don’t know how.
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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This was a fantastic practice. Gratitude always!