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Bust these common yoga myths

Oct 19, 2020

 

 

 

Yoga as a discipline has its fair share of myths and misconceptions. What adds to its mystery is the fact that it is an ancient practice. These common myths  and misconceptions about yoga hold back a number of fitness enthusiasts and spiritual seekers from experiencing the joy that yoga has to offer. So let us bust some common myths about yoga and help everyone join the yoga fam.

Some common misconceptions about yoga are:

Yoga belongs to Hinduism or only a Hindu can practice yoga

One of the most common misunderstandings about yoga is that it belongs to Hinduism and its followers only . Yoga is a way of life, and has nothing to do with any religion. It calls for a balanced union of the body , mind and soul that is common to all human beings irrespective of religion. What Yoga propagates is discipline with true dedication and consistency irrespective of any religious affiliations.

Only the young can do yoga

Another commonly held misconception about yoga is that only the young can practice it. It is true that there are many twisty poses and yoga asanas. which can seem a little intimidating. But there are several other asanas that can be easily practiced by the elderly (yoga for senior citizens)as well. These yoga asanas are equally beneficial for the body and mind and they help check a number of diseases and health conditions.

Yoga is merely a type of exercise

Most people assume that yoga is a bunch of physical exercises only. However, it is much more than that. Yoga is a discipline, a way of life. It comprises codes for living an ethical life, physical and mental activities for a balanced mind and body, a direction to look at the brighter side of things, and many more. It helps in living a rich life by acting as a guiding light. 

 

One needs to be very flexible in order to practice yoga

Most people get swayed by the Instagram and Facebook posts of yoga practitioners doing twisty yoga poses and believe that one must be very flexible in order to reap benefits out of this practice. However, this is untrue. One can start practicing yoga with little flexibility as well. Yoga poses help in increasing flexibility and one who practices yoga regularly will eventually become more flexible that he/she was at the beginning. Also, it is important to remember that yoga is much more than just making someone flexible. As mentioned earlier, yoga is much more than just poses and asanas. It is a way of life. 

Yoga is boring

Another commonly held misconception about yoga is that it is boring. Being a completely untrue statement, yoga on the contrary, is constantly evolving and re-inventing itself into some fun new styles. Goat yoga, aerial yoga, power core yoga, etc. are some fun yoga styles that makes the whole experience very interesting. 

Yoga is rigid 

This is another common myth about yoga. Most people assume that yoga is a rigid set of practices. However, yoga can be easily customised according to the unique requirements of the practitioner keeping in mind his/her health conditions and goals. A lot of variations can also be  included in the yoga poses which can make them easier and also challenging depending on the kind of variations.

Yoga is only for women

Most people assume that yoga is only for women (yoga for women) as it is a gentle form of practice. This assumption is not correct since yoga is equally beneficial for men  (yoga for men) as well. Yoga is helpful for everyone irrespective of sex, age, or race. (yoga for all)

Yoga can be taught by anyone

While it is easy to learn few basic yoga poses on one’s own or from someone who is not a certified trainer, it is advisable to learn yoga poses under the guidance of an expert. There are different styles of yoga for which different trainers. Each style lays importance on something different. So, in order to gain the maximum benefits of a particular yoga style, it is advisable to have a yoga guru. A yoga teacher can also impart philosophical teachings that make the whole experience holistic.

So, if you have ever come across these myths about yoga, then you now know that they do not stand any ground. Do not let these hearsay stuff deprive you of the magic and joy that yoga offers. Always make sure to find out more about yoga facts so that you know exactly what you want from this discipline. This way you can also get more ideas on how to get the most out of yoga and the yogic lifestyle.


 

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