I can’t do a proper forward fold (Uttansana) after 7 months of yoga practice and I’m not ashamed.
When I started off, a forward fold meant having my arms dangling in front of me with my hands halfway down my shins. Yes, I was probably one of the most inflexible person on Earth.
As most beginners would have done, I rounded my back in classes, hoping to bring my head as close to my knees, or my hands as close to the floor as I possibly can.
My best advice now? Throw away that ego and bend your knees. Listen to your body. Remember, always fold with a flat back unless required by the asana! I’m glad I was corrected early.
Be patient, progress comes naturally when you put in the effort. Most importantly, use the time on the mat as an opportunity to reflect, dive deeper into how you’re feeling rather than how you look to others. The physical parts will piece together later on.
Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s what you learn on the way down.
– B.K.S Iyengar