Top 5 Yoga Myths Debunked

By Meera Watts

A lot of rumours are going around related to the Yoga in the current time, and these are not true at all. We come to hear several myths about Yoga in our daily life, and it is the high time to eliminate them all that are misguiding people from a long period. So, let us discuss top 5 Yoga myths elaborately:

1)    If You Do Yoga, You Have To Be Calm And Relaxed All The Time

People are leading a competitive life, and they are facing a lot of mental pressure, and tension during the whole day and that results in stress and anxiety at the end of the day. So, if you include Yoga in your daily practice, it will definitely help you to concentrate on the present moment and will also allow you to slow down the process of distraction. A day to day Yoga practice will help you to lead a life without stress and anxiety and keep you active during the working hours. But this does not expect you to be calm all day compulsorily!

2)    Yoga Is The Only Kind Of Movement You Need

It is practically impossible to make yoga the only movement as you are not going to practice yoga all day long and yoga is not the only job in your life. Practicing yoga in the room within the mat space will also restrict your movement. So besides practicing Yoga, do some other exercise also that will help you to achieve other physical demands.

3)    Yoga Can Give You Six-Pack Abs

Yoga is not an exercise for building up muscles or six pack abs. Yoga or meditation is a regular practice that has to be done in a gentle way to release the stress and feeling of anxiety. If you’re looking for other kind of fitness like six pack abs, burning calories or giving shape to your muscles, there is no doubt that you’re doing the wrong thing in a wrong way. For that, we suggest you to join gym or lift heavy weights by any other way.

4)    You Need To Be Flexible To Practice Yoga

You do yoga to become flexible, and yoga does not require you to be flexible from the beginning. Practicing Yoga for a long period will definitely help you to increase your flexibility. Even if you’re practicing Yoga sincerely from a long period it will help you to maintain a supple spine and provide full range of motion in your joints. Yoga helps to prevent your body from small injuries and also make you sportier.

5)    Yoga Sounds Too Intense For Me

Yoga requires only some dedication and focus, and it is not intense at all. While doing Yoga, your main aim should be focusing on the breathing techniques and deep relaxation that will help you to release the stress and anxiety. Apart from some of the intense Yoga styles, you need to practice a maximum number of other Yoga styles when you’re a beginner to know which style suits you the best.

Now after these false myths are clear, nothing should stop you from practicing yoga.

Author Bio –

Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).