The Truth About Yoga Myths
The Truth About Yoga Myths
There are many myths about yoga, and unfortunately, they often prevent many from trying this sport. This is normal. They have the impression that it is not for them, that it is not accessible, etc. They only have a false image of what yoga really is.
This is why today we are going to explore these myths and expose the truth. In this way, you will be able to know if this sport is for you or not.
I also advise you to read this article in which we give you several advantages to start yoga.
Myths about yoga
1) “I am not flexible. Yoga is not for me."
It is totally wrong. First, yoga adapts to all conditions. A good teacher will always be able to give you alternative positions that will be adapted to your level. So, you don't have to be flexible to get started.
Flexibility is not a prerequisite, but a benefit of yoga. You will acquire it quietly over time, and you will be able to feel the benefits in your daily life.
2) "Yoga is only for fit people."
As mentioned above, yoga is for everyone. No matter what your physical condition, you will find positions that you can do.
There are simple positions that you can then work on to move towards slightly more complex postures. For example, just sitting with your back straight is a good basic posture. It is very accessible but allows you to work on several things, including posture of the back and alignment of the spine. It will also help to have a better posture daily.
Several accessories can allow you to perform the positions,
regardless of your condition. You can use blocks, strap, blanket, etc. A good yoga teacher will guide you to use them during lessons.
3) “I will not be able to follow the group/course."
In yoga, you don’t have to compare yourself to others. It's hard to do at first, but you have to practice turning your attention more and more into yourself. Your pace is the right one. You will then learn to tame it, to follow your breathing to guide you and to take a break when the time is right.
It’s great learning to do.
Finally, learn to listen to your body and your breath rather than following the rhythm of others. It’s something that you can incorporate into your everyday life as well.
4) "Yoga is only for calm people. "
On the contrary, people who have a lot of thoughts and feel like everything is always going very quickly are the ones who really benefit from yoga. At first, it may be confronting to be alone with these thoughts, but, quietly, they will slow down.
Learning to slow down and move less quickly than you are used to can have great benefits. It cannot be learned overnight, but, again, it is a process worth living.
As you can see, yoga is more than a sport. It is also learning more about ourselves, others, and life in general. These learnings appear quietly over time and in our practice.
You can also see that yoga is for everyone. It is very inclusive: whether you are flexible or not, regardless of your condition or weight, whether you are a calm or hyperactive person, etc.
You can find a type of yoga in your image and a teacher who will make you feel in your place. For that, try different courses and centers.