Inversions were something that never excited me as a yogini. I always thought of them as challenging, and I have to admit I was a bit envious of others that made some of these difficult poses seem so easy. But while in forward bend, a rather simple inversion, my perspective literally transformed before my eyes. I realized how seeing everything upside down was so meditative and therapeutic. My mind was clear as I gazed at my altered surroundings. Sometimes what is perceived as a challenge might not be as difficult as it appears.
A lot of people say they can't practice yoga because they're too old, busy, overweight, handicapped, or sick. They feel limited by their own bodies. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome these obstacles. Chair yoga makes it possible to practice while seated, or with the assistance of a chair. It's also a way to practice during a work break while restrained to a desk and chair. In addition, there are restorative and prenatal yoga classes.
For the average yogi, poses can be modified to fit our bodies' needs. Some modifications can be made to several common poses. For example, Downward Dog can be modified by using a chair or wall and pressing the heels into the floor. Boat Pose can be modified by sitting on the edge of a chair.
Determination is the key when practicing any challenge. Sometimes the more impossible a goal seems, the stronger the desire becomes to achieve it. So take some time today to challenge yourself! Some of my favorite challenging poses include Wheel Pose, Camel Pose, Crow Pose, and Side Crow Pose.