What Makes Functional Yoga Different?

Learn to celebrate your uniqueness with Functional Yoga!

You may have been hearing a lot about Functional Yoga lately, but what exactly is it and how can it benefit you? Functional Yoga is not actually a specific form of yoga like Hatha or Vinyasa yoga. Rather, it is a way to approach your yoga practice from a place of self-acceptance and acknowledgement of both your own strengths and limitations. Functional yoga can be seen as a way to practice yoga that enhances your everyday life – both on and off your yoga mat.

While there are a few different definitions of functional yoga, it was officially developed and organized into a system by Paul and Suzee Grilley. According to them, “It is based on the scientifically-proven premise that our skeletons, tissues, physiology, temperament and motivation are made and organized in a way that is uniquely ours.”

Functional yoga eschews the idea of a “one-size-fits-all” yoga. Instead, it’s about recognizing your differences, and working with them rather than against them.

According to EkhartYoga.com;

Within Functional Yoga we recognize these differences and honour them. Instead of focusing on how you should look when doing a pose – the foot should be here, the knee should point in that direction, the pelvis should align with the front of the mat, etc. – Functional Yoga is more interested in what you experience when doing the pose: Are you feeling the stretch where you want it to be? Are you raising your heartbeat? Are you strengthening the muscles?

In short, is it working for you?


With a functional approach, I believe that all bodies can benefit from poses in their own unique way, enjoying a practice that is healthy, safe, nourishing, fulfilling and fun, regardless of age, background, body shape or flexibility.

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