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These 6 Myths About Yoga Are Bent Out of Shape

February 10, 2017

When you think of yoga, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? You probably thought of a young and fit 20-something year old woman with a bottle of water in one hand and a yoga mat in another hand. Or maybe the image of several people in a room contorting their bodies into impossible, uncomfortable positions popped up. Or maybe you think that yoga is just a bunch of sitting around a meditating. These are all common things people typically associate with yoga, which may or may not be true. Here are the 5 most common yoga myths debunked.

1. I’m too old/fat/out of shape to do yoga – Whether you are young or old, in shape or out of shape, you can absolutely do yoga! There are limitations of course (yoga can’t help wheelchair bound people do handstands no matter how many deep breaths they take,) but there are different types of yoga that focuses on different areas of wellbeing.

2. It’s not a workout – On the contrary; certain iterations of yoga like power yoga and vinyasa flow are cardio intense. These types of yoga focus on quick movements and poses that can help tone and sculpt your body. 

3. I have to be spiritual to practice yoga – There are different practices of yoga and some do focus on spirituality, but it is not a primary focus. If you’re looking to foster a strong mind-body connection, you can look into Kundalini yoga for example as it focuses more on spirituality. But if you’re just looking to get more limber, you can look into Hatha yoga. 

4. I can’t do yoga if I’m injured – The complete opposite is true; yoga is an excellent complement to physical therapy and rehabilitation. If you’re recovering from an accident, consult with your physician or physical therapist before you take a yoga class. You should also talk to your instructor to see what poses work best as your mobility may be hindered.

5. Yoga is a big time-commitment – You’ll find that a typical yoga class at a studio or gym might last 60 or 90 minutes, so you might think that you need to carve out that much time in order to fully reap the benefits of yoga. An hour and a half is a big time commitment, one that you don’t need to feel beholden to. Even 5-10 minutes worth of yoga poses can do wonders.

6. Yoga helps detox your body – If you engage in an intense yoga session, chances are you’ll work up a sweat. But that doesn’t mean that your body is eliminating toxins. The best way to detox is ingest fewer toxins, and we can go over the myths surrounding the detox movement in another article. 

These are the most popular myths about yoga debunked. If you were hesitant about starting a yoga regimen, don’t be afraid to step into some yoga pants and stretch out! Namaste.

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