- Yoga is a religion.
No, yoga is not a religion. Although because of it’s origin in India it is often associated with Hinduism, Buddhism, or other Eastern religions, taking up yoga should not make you undermine your own current religious beliefs. Yoga can be done by anyone with or without religious preference.
Yoga is the science of right living providing us with tools that are intended to be integrated into one’s daily life. Beginning with the most visible part, the physical body, as it is easiest in which to identify and moving toward the more subtle mental and emotional aspects of one’s life.
- You have to be flexible to practice yoga.
Yoga is really for “every BODY.” Inherent in the yoga postures are many movements that can be tailored to individual needs and current levels of flexibility. There is no need to be able to do the splits, wrap your leg around your head, or even touch your toes to practice yoga. With regular practice your flexibility will certainly increase and while you may not get your leg around your head, I bet you will eventually be able to touch your toes.
- Yoga is only for women.
The media, especially thorough magazines, depicts that a majority of people who practice yoga are woman but that is not the real “picture” at all! Both men and women who are looking to improve their physical health and reduce mental stress participate in yoga. Through yoga’s very long history (over 5000 years) the most famous yoga contributors, practitioners and instructors have all been men.
- Yoga is boring.
Depending on the kind of class you take some are more fast paced then others. “Gentle Yoga” or beginner classes a can be often seen as boring because they are slow paced based on the goal of the class and experience level of the participants. Vinyasa or Flow classes are more dynamic. The key is to find a class that fits your level of experience and keeps you coming back for more.
- Yoga is all about the Poses.
While the poses tend to be the face of Western Yoga there is much more to this ancient practice. The word yoga means “unity or “oneness” and comes from the Sanskrit word yuj or “to join.” The main aim of yoga is to balance the body, mind and emotions. This can be accomplished through a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and other related yoga practices.