5 Yoga myths
You have to be flexible to practice yoga
This is perhaps the most widespread excuse people use to not do yoga. Feeling intimidated by the thought of bringing themselves into pretzel-like poses, they seem to overlook the obvious fact: yoga develops flexibility without demanding a certain level of it. Moreover, you have to exercise to overcome your muscle stiffness, and yoga is a great way to do it.
Hot yoga promotes weight loss
You must have heard the rave around Bikram yoga practiced at a high temperature, which makes you sweat a lot. The sweating is the key to understanding and busting this common myth. When you sweat you lose water and hence some weight. But it will come back as soon as you drink some water. For a more stable weight loss, incorporate some cardio into your routine.
Yoga equals relaxation
Contrary to the popular belief, yoga can be both slow and intense, depending on the style. An Ashtanga or Bikram yoga session can easily leave you begging for mercy, whereas Hatha or Iyengar are great to de-stress and relax.
Yoga is a woman thing
This misconception is partly rooted in the history of yoga in the West, when in the early days it was viewed as a hobby for housewives. But aren’t most Indian yoga gurus men? And isn’t this the most vivid proof of the fact that yoga is good for everyone, irrespective of their sex?
Yoga is a religion
Although there is a certain connection between yoga and Hinduism and Buddhism, yoga itself is not a religion. If you’re confused by the practice of meditation and chanting, try to look at it as an efficient way of relaxation and concentration that brings plenty of physical benefits.