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Myth Truth About Yoga

- Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility.

- Yoga teachers will often refer to "your practice," which means your individual experience with yoga as it develops over time. The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice is always evolving and changing, so it never gets boring.

- In addition to practicing the poses, yoga classes may also include instruction on breathing, call and response chanting, meditation, or an inspirational reading by the teacher. The variety and amount of this will depend on the individual teacher and the yoga tradition in which he or she has trained.


Myth & Truth About Yoga

Myth: Yoga is only for the young and fit

Truth: “Yoga takes care of the complete well being of a person. It doesn’t have an age barrier and can be done by anyone who is over the age of 12” says Meena Joshi, a yoga instructor with degree from Kalidas University.  Yoga in fact is good for the problems that come with old age like arthritis, blood pressure; it helps us to age well and improve immunity.


Myth: You have to be really flexible to do Yoga.

Truth: Most common images associated with yoga are of people either standing on the head or being fixed in positions you wouldn’t dream of reaching. But don’t fret, they might be pro at yoga but “one of the basic principle of yoga is ’Shanai’ or ’take it slowly’. You aren’t expected to touch your toes or twist your neck in the beginning. Do only what you are comfortable with. There is no ’ideal’ level of flexibility; it differs from person to person” she says.


Myth: Yoga provides magical cures

Truth: Just starting yoga and expecting all the ailments to vanish isn’t going to work. Yoga is very good for maintaining good health and taking care of the nervous system. But you really have to be consistent to reap all the benefits of yoga. So don’t put away your medication as soon as you start yoga, take proper medical guidance before doing so.


Myth: Doing yoga is all about spiritualism

Truth: Though Yoga was founded by the rishis, it is not bounded by religion nor has it to be adopted only by those interested in spirituality. Yoga can be adopted by anybody with or without religious inclination. Yoga can provide the much needed relaxation and peace in today’s hectic lifestyle. So, yoga is more relevant for you and me than a person already away from every day cares.


Myth: Only women do Yoga

Truth: Even though most of the followers of yoga may be the women, yoga is definitely also for men. If you observe, most of the famous practitioners or instructors they all are men. If men feel yoga is only about some postures and for flexibility, they should remember that yoga has so much to offer men like strengthening and toning muscles, relaxing and releasing stress.


Myth: Yoga should only be done in the morning

Truth: You would be able to reap the best results of yoga if you do it in the morning. But if your schedule is what’s stopping you from practicing it in the morning, don’t worry. You can practice yoga at whatever time of the day as per your convenience but make sure you practice it after at least 2 hours of meals. 

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