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7 MYTHS ABOUT YOGA

The Mind. The Body. The Soul

Yoga is a discipline that has become increasingly popular today. What are myths related to her and where did they come from?

Myth. Yoga can only be practiced by women.

It is true that most people who practice yoga are women, but this does not mean that a man can not find his inner balance through yoga. This discipline has something to offer to any individual who wants to have a healthy lifestyle and an athletic body. Yoga develops physically, mentally and spiritually, whether we are women or men.

Myth. Yoga is a discipline that does not suit every type of person.

There is not a certain type of perfect person for yoga. Yoga is practiced in the world by an unimaginable variety of characters, from intruders to extraverts, from women to men, from house wives  to business owners  and corporate. We will always find our place on a yoga mat, regardless of the lifestyle, personality, the career we have chosen, or the reasons why we decided to practice it.

Myth. Being spiritual or religious is a necessary condition for practicing yoga.

This is probably the most common myth about yoga. We must know that, in reality, yoga is a science that disciplines our body and soul. In yoga, spirituality means discipline and is not at all associated with a religion or personal belief.

Myth. Yoga is a sport.

Some of the most important components of this practice are asanas (physical posts that resemble stretching exercises). Because of this, most of the people are regarding yoga as a sport they can practice whenever they want. The truth is that yoga is the art and science of the mental, physical and spiritual development of an individual. Asanas, these so-called stretching exercises, are just a small part of the yoga-promoted lifestyle. They help us to prepare for our development as a whole: mind, body, and soul.

Myth. Yoga includes only exercises on the mat.

We can not blame a person who has never tried to practice yoga as he agrees with this myth. However, things are completely different in reality. Yoga is a lifestyle, not just a way to do exercises. It balances it inside and helps us better control our senses. From eating habits and up to sleep style, we can include yoga in all our daily activities.

Myth. Yoga is not effective if we want to lose weight.

This is completely untrue. Although yoga involves some exercises that seem to have no major impact on our body, they focus on certain muscle groups. Yoga is more effective than going to the gym or aerobics. People tend to rely more on very dynamic exercises because they make us sweat faster.

Myth. We can learn yoga from anyone.

Just because someone is extremely flexible and stays in perfect yoga (asane) positions, this does not automatically give them the right to teach yoga others. Training over many years and deep understanding of this practice are essential to becoming a yoga teacher. Whoever wants to become a disciple must focus heavily on spiritual development to teach ‘students’ what yoga really means – the perfect union between the body,  mind and spirit.