The industry is full of myths. These are reasons that people are avoiding practising it or simply have misunderstood something that someone has said in the past.
However, you’re not practising yoga to try and get that Instagram-worthy post; it’s for your own wellbeing. Today, we’ll explore three common myths that people have about yoga and the truth behind them.
#1 – You Need to be Flexible to Practice
One of the most common misconceptions is that you need to be flexible to start practising yoga. However, one of the key aspects of yoga is to make yourself flexible. That means no more ‘I’m not practising yoga, I’m not flexible enough’.
It’s worth remembering that there are so many different types of yoga that you can practice suiting your ability. Additionally, if your muscles feel tight or you feel stressed out, doing yoga can help loosen those muscles to help you feel more relaxed and can reduce your levels of stress.
#2 – Yoga is all Physical
Obviously, when you’re practising yoga, you’ll be putting your body into certain physical positions that will help to stretch you out. However, there’s an equal importance on your mental state. In truth, yoga is all about your attention which is why it’s commonly linked with meditation.
Every stretch you do and every pose you put yourself in draws your focus, and you need to make yourself aware of the poses that you’re in.
You can also concentrate on your breathing and when you inhale and when you exhale, as well as regulating it as you go. It’s all about bringing awareness and purpose to what you’re doing.
#3 – Yoga Only Happens in a Studio
This is easily the most common misconception about yoga and that you can only practice it if you’re standing on a mat. However, unlike most other exercises, yoga is all about taking what you learn and how you feel with you into everyday life.
In yoga, if you’re practising a pose and it feels uncomfortable or even starts to hurt, you need to guide yourself through it, so you are comfortable and then move onto the next pose. You never try and force a pose. It’s all about doing what your abilities allow you to do.
However, this mindset can be taken, with practice, into everyday life. If you’re in a difficult environment or a stressful situation, simply breath, relax and try and guide yourself through it in a non-stressful manner, much like you would a pose.
Yoga is easily one of the most overlooked yet most beneficial exercises you can partake in. Whether you’re practising it as a sole exercise or using it to warm up and cool down at the end of an actual workout, remember all the points above. If you haven’t started practice, what’s your reason not to?