Originally Posted by kkg8r
I'm not saying that we concede it. I'm saying that if you take two beginners, one man and one woman, their start level will be different. She will most likely be more flexible and he will be better at strength moves. Of course, I am talking about vinyasa yoga- not just restorative types that are low strength high alignment focus. In order to get better at yoga, you will need to have both strength and flexibility. There is no way you can take more advanced classes if you're flexible an flabby. The amount of planks and "push ups" (chaturanga) alone will kill you.
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Oh, for sure. If you're weak to begin with then forms of yoga which include the poses you mentioned, along with the Crane and Chair Poses, will get you stronger. On the other hand, I don't know any women who cannot adapt to these poses rather quickly. In fact, women seem to adapt to the Crane Pose more quickly than men. I showed my 57-year old wife and 19-year old son how to perform it ... and my wife held hers longer than my son held his and he's a bodybuilder!