Yoga Myths - Busted!
There is a lot of Yoga happening in the world that has nothing to do with what Yoga really is.
Yoga is a systematic practice which includes physical exercise,breath control, relaxation, diet control, positive thinking and meditation.. Yoga works at the Pancha Kosha level which means benefitted at five levels. This includes physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and intellectual level. Yoga helps to bring a body-breath-mind connect through asana-pranayam-dhyaan.
- MYTH 1: Yoga is for Old People
When most of the people hear ‘Yoga’ they immediately picture old people practicing it. This is absolutely false. Yoga is meant for everyone, of all ages, sizes and shapes. Yoga is for anyone who wants to live a life of a healthy mind as well as body. What food is to body, yoga is to the mind and hence, should be practiced by people of all age groups
- MYTH 2: I'm Not Flexible Enough for Yoga
If you think you're stiff like a tree, you're not alone. But working on your flexibility when you're rigid is exactly like working on your strength when you're weak This is tough and might take many months and lots of sore muscles but if you work at it, you'll be better at it and actually feel good about it. Improving your flexibility can help prevent injury. It prepares your muscles to move in unpredictable and unimaginable ways. Your joints will become mobile, which leads to improvisation of exercise form and boosts your strength. Practicing yoga regularly prevents arthritis and spondylitis.
- MYTH 3: I'm Plenty Flexible So I Don't Need Yoga
The benefits of yoga aren't just physical. The practice also develops a stronger and calmer mind. It improves the connection of the mind and body. This also improves the ability to focus and concentrate. "Yoga helps you come back to your center, no matter what is occurring around you," explains Kiersten Mooney, a Yoga instructor and owner of Bala Vinyasa Yoga. Yoga also helps you to breathe better. It improves lung capacity. Breathing patterns help things like aerobic capacity, muscle fatigue, lactic acid threshold, focus, tension release, recovery, and injury prevention, just to name a few."
- MYTH 4: Yoga is Boring
Maybe from the outside, yoga looks boring. The value of yoga lies in its simplicity. We practice focusing on our breath and internal sensation over external stimuli. That's how we reconnect with our highest selves. This is a difficult concept to express to someone who's never tried it before. This myth can be busted by personally trying it out and seeing the difference.
- MYTH 5: Yoga Moves are Way Too Hard for Me
Some of the postures experienced yogis Perform can be complicated and intimidating, but every move can be modified, simplified or otherwise adjusted to suit your needs. Initially, one can start with basic postures to develop flexibility, strength and then later move on to more complicated postures and breathing techniques.
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- Sonia Shah