Whether you’re looking to get better posture, move more in your daily life or if you’re struggling to balance family and health, we spoke with the city’s leading personal trainers to learn more about what they do best and get advice on how to best achieve your 2021 fitness goals.
1. Jessica Lee
Who: Jessica Lee, Yoga & Acroyoga teacher
How To: Become more flexible
What can you do to become more flexible?
Having a regular [yoga] practice and patience definitely helps. Flexibility is a journey so instead of focusing on an end goal like “I want to touch my toes”, it’s important to celebrate the small wins. Don’t be ashamed to use props to help you along the way. It’s more beneficial to modify the pose by, say bending your knees to keep the back flat, than to force yourself into a forward fold with your back rounded.
Do you have advice for someone who is looking to get into yoga but is afraid to?
Find a teacher and studio that you feel comfortable with, and listen to your body. When it comes to yoga, pain is not gain! Try not to compare yourself to the other people in class or to a photo that you’ve seen of the pose - being deeper in a pose doesn’t necessarily mean better.
As long as you feel the benefits of the pose and are strengthening/ lengthening in the right places, then you’re doing it right, even if you need to bend your knees or use blocks to get there.
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