Yoga is for everyone, and there are many ways of doing it. It’s also not just one thing it’s a practice of asanas with pranayama and mindful meditation for your mind and body. Think you can’t do Yoga? Think Again!
With so many misconceptions out there no wonder you think you can’t do yoga.
You are unable to touch your toes i hear you say.
Do yoga and you will be able to do so before you know it.
Yoga is for women is another misconception you may hear now and then.
The funny thing is, it was started by men who taught it to other men in India.
In Western civilization it has become more popular with women, which is all good no problem with anybody doing yoga as already stated.
Yoga is for everyone young or old, man or woman no restrictions should be placed on a 5000-year-old practice.
It’s a practice where students concentrate on the spiritual side of philosophy, meditation, breathing, lifestyle and exercise.
I Won’t Lose Weight:
A while ago i wrote all about yoga and the associated benefits of weight loss.
Yoga along with a balanced diet will assist with weight loss.
There are a lot of yoga myths out there. You may be new to yoga and have heard some these misconceptions.
I am going to analyse and dispel these irrational thoughts.
Too Old For Yoga?
Another misconception is am i too old to start yoga.
This is when props can be of a great assistance.
If you want to use them, you can find items around your house that will work the same way, use a book instead of a block or a belt instead of a strap.
Yoga again has adapted for the senior practitioner myth busted again.
With yoga being so diverse there are many types of yoga to choose from now.
Yoga has become more popular around the world causing a natural adaptation to happen.
From fast flowing vinyasa to slow asanas of restorative yoga there is no reason not to try yoga today.
Assess your own limitations and choose a yoga class suitable for you.
Another reason i cant do yoga is back pain.
The reason i started yoga was due to lower back pain.
One of my first posts was about my beginnings with yoga and the lower back pain i have.
The right type of yoga will assist with back pain as it has for me. Let’s assume you have no lower back pain.
You can choose a yoga more vigorous like Ashtanga.
The key is to choose a class that’s appropriate for your own fitness level, flexibility.
Only For Women:
One of the misconceptions is yoga is for women only.
Yoga requires strength balance and breath.
Both genders will gain much from practicing yoga.
As stated before yoga was originated in India by males.
Statistics of late have seen an increase in the uptake by men and yoga. Good to see this trend going the right way.
You Need To Be Flexible?
I suppose it would not hurt to be flexible; we cannot all be like the YouTube and Instagram people you see today.
Body shape and age can have a bearing on your flexibility.
One has to remember by practicing you will become more flexible in body and mind.
Don’t let this myth stop you from taking up yoga.
Yoga Is Just Stretching?
Sure yoga is stretching but it is so much more than that.
You are probably getting the idea these myths and the many other misconceptions that fly around are from people who have never experienced these things.
Yoga is a test of strength and mind.
Body weight exercise can be quite challenging, try it an find out for yourself.
Try a class and i bet you will be sore the next few days.
Yoga is far more than stretching give it a go i could not recommend doing anything better for your mind and body than yoga.
Just Another Health Trend?
This one is a doozy for sure.
To some people it will be a trend a fad they will try yoga once or twice and move on.
There are many people out there who take this seriously.
I myself have taken yoga to another level by writing about yoga.
Other people make a significant amount of money from yoga.
Whatever motivates you to do yoga is up to you and your practice.
You have to live with yourself.
As long as you are genuine in what you do. Nothing trendy about yoga from my perspective.
Yoga Is A Religion?
This is one of those myths about yoga that’s grounded in Hinduism.
From its early beginnings in India, yoga has always been tied to Hinduism, which is understandable but yoga is not a religion.
This makes it a spiritual practice, this is why it may get caught up under the banner of religion.
People say that yoga is Hindu, but “Hinduism” is a problematic term, coined by outsiders for everything they saw going on in India.
Yoga stems from the Vedas – the Indian holy texts that were composed from around 1900BC. Besides yoga, three major religions came from those texts, – Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.
As most yoga instructors will tell you, at its most fundamental level, it’s the practice of self-realization and of awakening your awareness within.
I can see the connection, a very strong connection to religion.
Don’t let this stop you doing yoga in the many years I’ve been doing yoga i never felt the need to become a Hindu.
The Harder, The Better:
No matter what level you are at especially a beginner or partially flexible don’t be put of because of what you see on social media.
Yoga should be nonjudgmental at it’s core.
Focus on your practice and becoming better at it.
The idea of being competitive, are missing from yoga.
It’s not like any sport you might be used to.
There are no teams, there are no gold medals being handed out, and each yogi is focusing on their spiritual, mental or physical attributes.
Well this is the way it should be i understand it’s a human trait to be competitive.
Yoga Same Old Same Old:
This is one of the many yoga myths that is easy to dispel.
It’s often believed that all yoga is the same.
Yoga especially now is spoilt for choices from Hatha to Bikram Hot Yoga and a multitude in between.
Maybe 5000 years it was but now worldwide popularity has risen to adaptations for the masses.
There is a yoga class out there for you it may be in a studio or gym just go out and find it.
In this hectic life we lead, many people are seeking out ways to reduce stress.
Don’t make the mistake of knowing yoga and its power to relax the mind as well.
Gaining a deeper awareness of the mind and body connection is a powerful tool to stop stress and to find some relief from the fast pace of life.
Best to Focus on inner peace and calming of the mind, along with the body.
I would love to hear your thoughts about this post or this site in general.
I will answer all the comments on my website personally so drop me a line below if you have any Yoga questions or comments.
I’m happy to help any way that I can.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet