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Top 6 myths about Yoga

 

1. Yoga is about impossible postures

Postures, or asanas, are something that many are worried about when they think of yoga.  They think that doing yoga involves being super flexible and being able to put your feet behind your ears.  Although the original yoga is very far from the classes that are given today, you will be asked to do different postures, but nothing that your body can’t tolerate.  Yoga is not about pain or flexibility; it’s about controlling your mind and body and about your journey to your inner self.  Yoga shouldn’t be painful; it should bring you wellness, relaxation, meditation, peace.

 

2. Men don’t do yoga

Actually yoga was started by men and was practiced only by men for thousands of years.

Maybe men think that they will be required to wear leggings to yoga class? ;-) 

 

3. Yoga is not a workout

If fitness is what you are looking for and you want to have six-pack abs, then yoga might not be for you, although you will be stretching every single muscle of your body during a yoga class.  There are vigorous classes such as Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga, where you will definitely burn calories and get a good workout from it, but Hatha Yoga is practiced in a very gentle way, not in a forceful muscle-building way.  Remember that the aim of yoga is not to exercise, but to unite your body, mind and soul.  However, you will tone up and loose some weight if you practice every day and eat healthy food.

 

4. Yoga is a religion

Yoga is Hindu just the way gravity is Christian.  Just because the law of gravity was propounded by Isaac Newton, who lived in a Christian culture, does it make gravity Christian?  Yoga is a technique of physical movement leading to improved health.  Anybody who is willing to make use of it can make use of it. 

 

5. Yoga is not for people with injuries or chronic pain.

This is the best reason to practice yoga actually.  Tell me before the class what you suffer from so I can adapt the class to your needs and warn you when a posture should not be performed.   Yoga is healing and can help you with your pain relief.

 

6. I am too fat to do yoga

I get this a lot.  Some of my students think that their “fat” will limit them in their postures.  This is not true.  Sure, at the beginning of your practice you might find it difficult to do a twist, or touch your toes, but it has nothing to do with your fat. You will quickly see the improvements and remember that, although yoga is not a cardio workout, it is a form of exercise too, so it will help you shape up and tone your body and hopefully loose a bit of weight.  

 

Author - Patricia Piper

Published - 2013-10-14