Some people swear by yoga’s healing and
conditioning properties. Others who misunderstand
its potential swear when they hear its name
people misunderstand what yoga is all about.
Here are some MYTHS about the ancient art
to unearth its benefits even for the average
like chocolate: It appeals mainly to women
women are usually more willing to try new
activities, men are flocking to yoga classes.
And they are being challenged. In fact,
yoga originated in India where until recently,
it was mainly practiced by men.
If you’re not in great shape,
So if you’re not strong, you shouldn’t
lift weights? Yoga can help you get into
shape, and it’s a perfect starting place
if you’re new to exercise. Just make sure
you find the style and level of yoga that
suits your fitness level and goals.
Only skinny people
Yoga is for everybody, no matter how big
or small. Yoga can be modified for anybody
and any body type. Weight loss through metabolic
changes, reduction of anxiety and impulse
eating are among yoga’s multitude of benefits.
have to be able to turn yourself into a
pretzel to do yoga.
That is not what yoga is about. Some extremely
advanced poses require unique skills, but
those are just a scant few. For the most
part, poses require no superhuman skills
and can always be modified for your body.
need to be a Gumby to do yoga.
may have an easier time achieving poses,
but remember that yoga will help you gain
flexibility. The more you practice yoga,
the more flexible you’ll become.
is only good for stretching.
you will stretch your muscles in yoga poses,
but you will also gain strength and muscle
tone. Other benefits include improved breathing,
balance, posture, mental focus, and in some
cases, cardiovascular endurance. Yoga has
been shown to help health conditions like
arthritis, high blood pressure, insomnia,
carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back pain.
#7: Practicing yoga
is like going to church.
Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion. As
a result, it won’t interfere with your spiritual
beliefs. Nor will you be asked to adopt
any religious attitudes. The spirituality
of yoga simply revolves around strengthening
the bond between your mind, body, and spirit.
are going to have to umm or chant stuff
in yoga classes.
Don’t worry if you’re not into chanting,
neither are most yoga devotees. While some
forms of yoga include chanting, yoga is
mainly about moving into various postures
and challenging your mind and body to reach
their fullest potential. Ironically, even
if you don’t intend to meditate, you will.
Meditation simply means calming the mind.
Through yoga, you will calm your mind, dump
the endless chatter, and learn to focus.
talk in mumbo jumbo.
Walk into a yoga class, and you will probably
hear a few foreign words. Postures after
all originated in India. But all postures
have English translations and instructors
often use them. The one word you will hear
often is “Namaste” which translates into
“the divine in me honors the divine in you.”
is for wimps.
be fooled. Some styles of yoga like Ashtanga
or power yoga can be extremely challenging.
Even the gentler forms involve an element
of challenge. You might actually find yourself
weaker than you think, no matter how much
you can lift at the gym.