Yoga classes are an amazing form of exercise. It’s been practiced throughout history and since it’s introduction into the West it’s taken off. Everyone, from moms to businessmen, finds relaxation in this practice. Even with its long history and extreme popularity, there are still tons of myths out there about yoga. Here are a few of the most common myths about yoga debunked.
Myth #1: You have to eat healthy and vegan to practice yoga
Yoga is like any other form of exercise. Some people who practice it are super into health and fitness. They drink green juice and eat a raw and vegan diet. Then there are some who practice yoga casually and enjoy a good burger or wine. Yoga is a great form of exercise and many people who practice it do try to lead a healthier lifestyle but that’s not a requirement to practice it. No one is going to make you eat kale if you sign up for a yoga class, so don’t worry.
Myth #2: Yoga is super spiritual
There is a spiritual element in the history and origin of yoga. Because of this many people take that as the practice of yoga itself is super spiritual. The practice of yoga can be as spiritual or non-spiritual as you like. Some people use yoga as a form of stress relief or meditation, other’s use it to connect with their inner self, and for some people, it’s just a way to keep in shape. In short, yoga is only spiritual if you want it to be.
Myth #3: You have to be super athletic and flexible to practice yoga
One of the wonderful things about yoga is that there is a class for people of all levels. As you gain more confidence and skill in practicing yoga you can move from beginner yoga classes into more difficult yoga classes. Not all yoga types require super athleticism or extreme flexibility. If you want a calmer, less intense yoga try Hatha or yin yoga classes to get your feet wet in.
Myth #4: Yoga is only for women
People tend to think of yoga as a “feminine” exercise. But exercises don’t have genders. Yoga can be enjoyed by and beneficial for people of all genders. In fact, historically yoga for men was the exclusive option. Women were just the first people in the West to adopt and dominated this exercise practice. Today though everyone, including professional male athletes, is utilizing yoga to gain strength, muscle, flexibility, and relaxation.
Myth #5: Yoga is only for young people
There is no ageism in yoga. Whether you’re 6, 16, 36, or 60, yoga is for you. The great thing about yoga is that I can be adopted for people of all ages and athletic levels. In fact, doctors actually recommend yoga classes for older generations, as it’s great for hip and joint strength. Trust us, no one is going to give your age a second thought when you enter a yoga class.
Myth #6: People who do yoga are hippies
For some reason, people have built this association between yoga and hippies. Maybe it’s because both promote relaxation and being carefree. Either way, it’s time to drop the stereotype that all yogis don’t bathe, shave, or work. Yoga is for everyone, and while some people who practice it are “hippies” the majority aren’t. From working individuals to celebrities practice yoga, so you should too.
Myth #7: All yoga is the same
Saying all yoga is the same is like saying all sports are the same. It’s just not true. There might be a similar tone and style to all yoga classes but each offers something different. Some yoga classes are intense, while others are more calming. Each uses different positions; some holding them for long stretches while other’s move through them rapidly. In some classes, you’ll work on strength, or flexibility, or breathing. Basically, the statement that all yoga classes are the same is downright false.