Debunking Yoga Myths
When it comes to most things in life, myths and misconceptions are spread due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of what it is like. Yoga is no different. Many people stop trying yoga because of misconceptions. We examine some common myths and set the record straight.
Yoga Is Only For Women
Yoga is a universal practice for both men and women – and not just for women as many have been led to believe. Yoga was first created and practised by men before it was adapted to the western world. I believe that the concept of gender comes from being understood as something flexible and more than it falls into itself.
That certainly plays a part in all of this, but not really. Yoga was developed for all body types and fitness levels. Yoga was created to allow people to discover the unknown within themselves. Yes, it sounds a little cliché, but it’s the obvious truth.
Is Yoga A Movement Or A Religion?
Many people think it is a religion – it is not. It is a way of life, a way of being. It’s about living in the moment and living life to the fullest. It is about knowing not only about yourself but also about the world around you.
Sounds harsh, I know. But in order to reap the benefits of yoga, you need to dedicate yourself to it. It’s not as simple as an occasional class at the gym – it’s much more than that. There is a mental change that happens when you start yoga – you tune into your body, mind and emotions – and when you practice it regularly you will be able to see the changes that happen both externally and internally.
Yoga is a never-ending journey – there is always something to discover and something else to do, which makes it a great experience and lifestyle.
You Need To Be Flexible From The Start
While flexibility is a benefit, you don’t need to be flexible in the first place. As you progress in your journey, you will have more flexibility. As you get to know your body, you will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses – and work on them.
Don’t force yourself to do difficult poses until you can do them, it will do more harm than good. Like everything in life, practice makes perfect. So don’t give up if you can’t do the pose. Take the opportunity to make your way there.
Yoga Is Just A Glorified Stretch
This will be one of the most well-known legends to date. Although yoga involves stretching, it is much more than that. Each yoga focuses on one part of the body and thus works to strengthen the muscles involved. So, if you think it’s as relaxed as playing mobile NZ pokies, you’d be wrong – it is a workout.
By holding the poses for a while, you work the muscles involved and strengthen your body in the process. When combined with strength training, yoga can help with muscle development and endurance.