A common misconception that I often encounter is that you have to be flexible to start doing yoga. It’s the same comparison to: ‘I can’t start learning to play guitar, because I can’t play guitar.’ Silly isn’t it!? Everybody has to start somewhere, so do not compare yourself to others. Everybody has their own journey, their own challenges, and their own physical and mental boundaries.
Strength and flexibility will come later during your practice, but be aware that results are different for each one of us. Remember, it’s the practice itself that counts and the connection that you feel with yourself and the universe. Showing up at your mat is more important than being flexible. Also good to know: the cool poses you might encounter on the internet take normally years to achieve. But you already knew that the internet doesn’t display our daily life, right!?
Choose a yoga style that you like. And always tell your yoga teacher if you have (chronic) pains or injuries. Asanas will be adjusted for you. Just breath, you can do this!