There is no such thing as “not flexible enough for yoga”

Screen Shot 2013-12-21 at 6.30.30 PMIf you can walk, you can do yoga.

And even if you can’t walk, you can do yoga.

I love this time of year because of all the holiday parties. My husband and I make the rounds to see friends and family, and an extended network of neighbors and acquaintances we’ve developed in our many years of living in Memphis.

There are some people that I see only at this time of year. It’s great to catch up and hear what people have been up to, and swap stories about the previous year.

Sometimes people want to talk about yoga.

There are several refrains that I commonly hear when I am out and about.

  • I wish I could do yoga but I’m not flexible at all.
  • I can’t even touch my toes.
  • I could never touch my toes.
  • My hands (or wrists) can’t bear weight so I can’t do yoga.
  • I went to a yoga class once and it was too hard.
  • Yoga is not enough of a workout for me. I like an intense workout where I sweat.
  • My doctor says I’m too flexible (or stiff or old or injured or blah blah blah) for yoga.
  • My mother told me I’d never have good posture.

None of these things have anything to do with your ability to do yoga.

If you want to practice yoga, you will find a way.

You will try teacher after teacher until you find the one who is the right fit for you.

When people talk to me about yoga when we are just hanging out, I take that to mean that they are interested in it.  Even when what they are saying is why they can’t do it.

If you have heard yourself (or a friend) saying any of the above, let’s talk.

Sometimes you have to overcome your “can’ts,” “nots,” and “never haves,” before you can find your “will, your “want to,” and your “must do.”

I’d love to help you find your way.

Email me.

First Things First



I couldn’t get away from the hand-scrawled sign in this picture. Its message is simple, and it captivated me. I stared at it hanging in the kitchen at a week-long yoga retreat I attended a few years ago, and at the end of the retreat I took a picture of it, took it home and memorized it.

“Just show up” became something like a mantra for me. Nothing can really happen until I do. There are often obstacles (both internal and external) that keep me from moving forward. Many times I am stymied by them.  But the one thing I almost always have control over is showing up.

Showing up looks unique for each person and varies from day to day. Some days, showing up means getting out of bed. It can mean requiring ourselves to go somewhere we don’t feel like going — like for dental work or driver’s license renewal. For other times, showing up means listening to someone else’s point of view.  Showing up to the yoga mat when I don’t feel like it yields greater results in my yoga practice than the days when I am super-motivated.

Sounds simple, huh? The most important things in life are often very clear. Yet it’s not enough to know what’s important. We have to take action. We have to show up. Nothing happens unless we do. Everyone has access to stress relief and relaxation. It is not enough to know this. You have to do something.

Start where you are with what you’ve got. Start with the body you have. Don’t wait until you have enough time. If you wait until it is easy to start taking care of yourself, you never will. Set aside the time, then show up and see what happens.

Namaste.  Leah