Despite the fact that the number of lovers of yogic practices is growing and the fact that these practices have a completely clear healing effect, deep-rooted myths still form the wrong and perhaps cautious attitude towards this direction in many people.
First of all, you need to understand what yoga is. This is nothing more than balance, balance, the harmony of the three elements: mind, soul, and body. Now let’s deal with myths.
Yoga is a female practice
This is probably one of the most common myths that have appeared relatively recently with the increasing popularity of yoga as a physical practice. All three elements of yoga are present in every person – both in a woman and in a man. Yoga practice is a whole complex of diverse techniques, exercises, and knowledge that, with regular practice, will lead you to health, balance, and peace of mind. And now many famous men are actively engaged in yoga and share their experiences, for example, singer Sting, actor Tom Hiddleston, and others. This practice is definitely suitable for all people, regardless of gender.
Yoga should be practiced from childhood, it is dangerous to start in adulthood
Yoga does not need any special training; no need to learn something from childhood, etc. You can start doing yoga at any age. The main thing is to do it consciously, carefully, and under the guidance of a specialist.
The physical aspect of yoga practice can be traumatic if you:
- Neglect teacher recommendations;
- ignore the signals of your body, your state of health, limitations, and contraindications;
- do not act gradually (in the first lesson, get up on your head, for example).
In all other cases, the practice of yoga is safe! Moreover, it gently solves health problems and is useful as prophylaxis for many diseases. Be sure to tell the coach about your contraindications before class, and during the lesson, and carefully observe the sensations in the body.
Yoga requires flexibility
The flexibility of the body is the result of performing asanas on the rug, but in no way is the goal and even less the indication for classes. Of course, factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, lack of complex physical activity, age affect our body. Over time, it becomes wooden, joints and organs function worse. And it is the practice of yoga that can breathe life into them, restore and maintain. That is, we can say that the lack of flexibility in the body is just an indication of classes. The depth of practice is determined not by the complexity of the asana, but by the degree of your concentration on it.
Yoga does not give serious physical load
Only you can independently regulate the level of physical activity during the practice of asanas. But remember that any load should be safe, conscious, and available to your body at the moment. If you think that the rug exercises is not enough, yoga in no way contradicts other forms of physical activity.
If you have injuries or chronic illnesses, you will not be able to practice yoga
This is not true, yoga suits everyone. If you have injuries and chronic diseases, you customize the practice for yourself and your abilities. Remember what yoga is. In addition to asanas on the rug, there are a huge number of other practices that are no less important and effective: pranayama, meditation, yoga Nidra, mastering knowledge and teachings about yoga. Build practice for yourself with a competent teacher.
Yoga is only needed for good stretching and relaxation
Working with the body in yoga is very harmonious, it is aimed at stretching and developing strength, developing mobility, as well as correcting and relaxing. Yes, there is quality relaxation in yoga. But remember that in this practice we are working not only with the aspect of the body – no one has canceled the spiritual component.
This is an absolutely safe practice that you can learn on your own
It is definitely necessary to understand the principles, fundamentals, understand the approach to practice with a teacher. Firstly, in order not to make a lot of mistakes at the very beginning, and secondly, just to learn how to further build up your practice for yourself. Therefore, yes, yoga is a safe independent practice, if you approach it consciously.