Isn’t it unfortunate the way myths get created and then stand in the way of us appreciating any goodness in the world? When it comes to yoga, in particular, several fictitious stories have made their way around town, encouraging people to stay away because it’s either too expensive or it takes up too much time. Wrong! Yoga is one of the most common and beneficial mind-body practices that helps us achieve an overall sense of well-being. So, just as yoga needs to stay, these myths need to go:
We agree that some classes are priced beyond what we’d like to shell out, and that’s not including a pair of designer pants, a designer mat, and a trendy water bottle. No wonder why people hear the word yoga and look the other way like it’s not for them. It’s time we come together in saying we’ll be less interested in frill items and more interested in the awareness of ourselves. After all, we respect that almost every community out there offers donation-based classes, low-cost classes, and even free classes on specific days of the week. And with locations at scenic parks, tranquil outdoor spots, and popular destinations in the area, you’ll be receiving a free class with a one-of-a-kind backdrop. Now, if you happen to hear anyone refer to yoga as costly, explain that yoga eases a variety of ailments so that you won’t have co-pays to see physicians or receive medical care, which can be pricier.
Yoga is about physical fitness
While it’s true that yoga helps tone muscle and burn unwanted fat, we mustn’t forget that it’s also practiced as a spiritual exercise to calm the mind and ease the soul. Beyond physical fitness, yoga incorporates the body with the spirit and mind to focus on alignment, create better long-term benefits, and bring attention to the simplicity of the breath. It also allows you to be present with yourself and forget about the stress of everyday life while leaving you feeling rejuvenated and whole! I mean, we at HealingRadius can go on and on about this one, just because we love the practice so much.
Yoga requires flexibility
Even though you may not be able to bend it like Beckham, you’re still an ideal candidate for yoga, granted you don’t have a broken back or anything. What we mean is that the point of yoga is not to show off your flexibility, but rather to become more flexible as time goes by. That’s why yogis start their wellness journeys with beginners’ classes and then proceed to intermediate levels. There are certain poses that are actually perfect for non-flexible people, including the Mountain Pose (Tadasana), Child Pose (Balasana), Corpse Pose (Savasana), and Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani). When you’ve accomplished those, you can move on to more complex poses with the help of your instructor if needed. Remember: practice makes perfect!
It takes up too much time
Typical classes can last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. That may seem too long on days that could use more hours, but it’s not the only way to incorporate yoga into your daily life. Dedicating at least 10 minutes to your practice every week (try practicing or meditating when you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed) will enable you to see great benefits and decrease your anxiety and stress levels. If you only have time to practice one pose a day, try Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) in the morning, Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) in the afternoon, or Child’s Pose (Balasana) at night. Whichever you choose, it’s possible to reap some of the same benefits of classes by spending a few minutes doing those poses. See, not so time-consuming after all.
These myths are derived from expert yogis and research studies in the industry, but we’d love to hear myths that you believe should be laid to rest as well! And as always, here’s to living a healthy and holistic lifestyle.
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.