I can't sit cross legged for long and my hands go numb when I do down dog.
It's a good a place as any to start!
To ensure that my body was up to the exertion of a month of yoga I had it checked professionally before I started. I would highly recommend this to any of you; it can help you focus your practise or just let you know where you may struggle. Ask any YQ instructor to give you a few pointers and I'm sure they'd be more than happy to help out.
In general my hips, hamstring and glutes are SUPER tight, as to be expected in a runner, and my shoulders have some tension too. This can all be worked on apparently..! I might just need to reign in my high expectations!
My focus is going to be improving my flexibility to help my posture and general wellbeing. I'm starting slow and taking on a lot of the previous advice from this blog as well as attending both YQ classes, doing some short practices of my own and using online resources such as Gaia.
After my practises I feel taller and lighter and have a happy feeling running through me. It sounds lame I know but I actually feel better straight away. I do seem to be breathing harder and sweating more than the others in my classes but it's a totally different type of fitness to running. I struggle to hold a few of the poses but can always modify, and remember even if you aren't touching your toes, as long as you are trying your best you are getting the best from your practise! I actually feel that I get more of a stretch because I'm taking my muscles to their maximum every time! Hopefully the difference will be very noticeable too by a couple of weeks time.
It's very common to hear people argue that they aren't flexible enough for yoga, and I feel that this is the perfect answer: