Think You Can’t Do Yoga? Think Again!

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.

Breathe

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.

Lower Back:

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.

Yoga Is The Martial Arts Of The Mind

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 Flower

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.

Namaste

Final Thoughts:

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.

copywrightNamaste Shane.

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

26 thoughts on “Think You Can’t Do Yoga? Think Again!”

  1. I have started to research a bit about yoga and I greatly appreciate I found your post. I have found interesting what you expressed concerning how people generally link it to a religious practice. I have also found useful to read about most of the common misconceptions: it’s only for woman, you need to be flexible or only for people under certain age.

    Very informative post and it has answered my questions up to this point. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hello Henry, 

      Appreciate the feedback on my article. 

      There are many misconceptions out there not just on yoga. 

      Happy to have answered some of your questions. 

      Regards Shane.

      Reply
  2. Hi Shane,

    I am always amazed when seeing how people twist and turn with such flexibility doing yoga. I can’t do that. How can they stay so focused, balanced and calm doing yoga? I can’t. Reading your article has certainly given me much to think about. I have chronic lower back pain due to a bad fall years ago. I will read more through your link in a bit.

    Think I can do yoga 🙂

    Sharon

    Reply
    • Hello Sharon, 

      Thank You for taking the time to read my post. 

      To be flexible as some, may be possible over time. 

      It is not necessary to be super flexible, to get a benefit out of yoga. 

      A gentle yoga class would help your back no end. 

      Regards Shane.

      Reply
  3. Ha! You got me! Thanks for writing this thorough and thoughtful article which addressed every single reason I have ever mentioned for avoiding doing yoga, and a lot more reasons I had never heard of! 

    For instance, the religious concern.

    I know the religion question is confusing for some because it is still true that if you study with an awakened spiritual teacher of one of the Indian mystical traditions for the purposes of attaining enlightenment, then the practice of yoga is still part of that process, just like it was before. 

    Every metaphysical tradition is also tied to a particular religion (one is the foundation, the other is the next step you build on that foundation from), but metaphysics and religion are not the same thing. Even so, just because you are enjoying one practice from a metaphysical tradition, does not mean you are receiving all the same spiritual benefits the spiritual students of that tradition do from it, and obviously it does not mean you have to be a part of the religion that metaphysical path sprang from. 

    So people need not worry! It’s like how any of us can have a Christmas tree, light a menorah, or study the Quran–doesn’t mean you are making some kind of spiritual commitment, but you DO get to benefit from the beauty and joy these things naturally add to every life. They add that to your life precisely because they spring from the source of all Beauty & Love & Life itself. Why shouldn’t we try more stuff like that?

    Thanks again for a GREAT, helpful post!

    Respectfully,

    Desa Abbamondi

    shor.by/liveheallove

    Reply
    • Hell Desa, 

      Thank You for reading my article. 

      You are correct in your reply about yoga being a religion or not. 

      We can choose to follow yoga as a religion or not. 

      We have the choices in life to do what we want. 

      Regards Shane.

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  4. Hi ! It is very fascinating to know the diversities of Yoga!
    Earlier , my first thoughts about Yoga was that it only improves the flexibility of our body. But after reading this article the scenario of Yoga in my mind changed !
    Two points were very catchy :
    1. Yoga reduces stress and relaxes both our body and mind
    2. Yoga helps to improve inner peace .
    Thanks for this aesthetic Article about Yoga Shane !

    Reply
    • Hello Akib,
      Thank You for reading my post.
      Yoga is about a lot of things, not the least flexibilty and inner peace.
      Glad to see you enjoyed the article.
      Regards Shane.

      Reply
  5. I want to perform yoga with my wife, but was afraid of my lower back. You see, I have problems with it, and I’m kind of scared that putting pressure on it will make it worse. But after reading your article, maybe this could be a good solution. Thanks for sharing it with us. 

    Reply
    • Hello Emmanuel, 

      Thank You for taking the time to read my post. 

      You will be able to do yoga with your wife. 

      Mention to your instructor about your lower back and they will help you not to do anything to strenous.

      Just take it easy and dont anything you can’t do with ease. 

      Regards Shane.

      Reply
  6. Recently, I got too much stress so I need to calm down my self.

    But nothing works. I tried many sports to get rid of stress but it didn’t work.

    At that time, one of my friends introduces yoga and meditation to me.

    I didn’t think that it would help me at first.

    But it really worked. 

    Especially, meditation really helps me a lot to relieve my stress.

    I would highly recommend yoga and meditation those who got too much stress by full-time work.

    Thanks for the good article!

    Namaste:)

    Reply
    • Hello Shawn, 

      Thank You for reading my article. 

      Happy to hear yoga has helped your stress levels. 

      Keep up the good work.

      Regards Shane.

      Reply
  7. Hi, 

    It is very fascinating to know the diversities of Yoga!

    Earlier , my first thought about Yoga was that it only improves the flexibility of our body .But after reading this article the scenario of Yoga in my mind changed !

    Two points were very catchy :

    1. Yoga reduces stress & relaxes both our body and mind

    2. Yoga helps to improve inner peace .

    Thanks for this aesthetic Article about Yoga, Shane !

    Reply
    • Hello Touhid, 

      Thank You for reading my post.

      Glad you were able to get some good information from it. 

      Regards Shane.

      Reply
  8. Hello Shane,

     i think yoga is a part and parcel in our day to day life. It is very important specially women because we know that health is wealth.In Western civilization it has become more popular with women, which is all good no problem.Yoga has become more popular around the world.it will assist with back pain in our body.Some days yoga practice you will become more flexible in body and mind.Thanks again for a GREAT, helpful post!

    Reply
    • Hello Hossen, 

      Thank you for reading my post. 

      Yoga is a fantastic way to become flexible. 

      Appreciate your feedback. 

      Regards Shane.

      Reply
  9. Hi there, 

    I was too much stressed and depressed.one of my friend suggested me to do Yoga.Then i started yoga.day by day i was developing.so i think yoga is impotant for everyone.Is is a practice and mindful meditation for our body and mind.It is not for female, also for male.Both genders will gain much by practising yoga.

    Thanks a lot for the post 🙂 

    Reply
  10. Hi Shane,

    I think yoga is very important specially for women. It not only improves the flexibility of our body but also keeps the mind peaceful. Yoga ruduces stress and and relaxes both our body and mind. Yoga along with a balanced diet, helps loosing weight. I think it is a natural medicine for every kinds of person. 

    Thanks for such a nice post. 

    Reply
  11. hi there! 

    I think yoga should be a part in our life.It can make people happy.Because it is a meditation for keeping mind peaceful .if you regularly practice yoga it will grow up your flexibility and strength.It helps people to relieve their mental stress.I also do yoga everyday.It refreshes my body and mind.So everyone should do yoga.

    Reply
  12. Hi Shane
    Thank you for your article – i find it very informing and easy to read – that is why i have tried to share it on my facebook page – since your article is not shown on my page but only the picture – i have take the freedom to write in short what you have written and that it is you who have written this article – in the purpose of sharing information about yoga. Hope you are good with that. Thankyou – and have a good day 🙂

    Reply
    • Hello Freja,
      Thank you for reading my post.
      Appreciate the positive feed back.
      I have no problem in you sharing the great benefits of yoga with others
      in whatever capacity you can.
      Namaste Shane.

      Reply

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