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Title: Yoga Myths To Stop Believing

  • 7 Yoga Myths to Stop Believing Today

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Yoga is an ancient discipline that focuses on
creating harmony between mind, body, and soul.
Derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj that means
yolk or union a humble union of mind, body, and
soul.  While this ancient practice continues to
gain popularity, at the same time, misconceptions
about yoga continue to grow. These misconceptions
about yoga kept people away from the yoga mat who
might have benefitted from this practice. In this
presentation, we are debunking some common myths
about yoga.
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1. Flexibility is the Key
You might have heard this phrase many times that
you need to be flexible enough to perform yoga.
It is a major misconception about yoga practice
yoga is not about twisting your body into
difficult yoga poses. It is all about bringing
your awareness to your breath while moving
through yoga asanas. However, regular yoga
practice helps in stretching and lengthening your
body muscles as well as increasing your range of
motion, hence helping in building flexibility.
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2. It is all about Yoga Asana and Difficult
When you attend a yoga class, you will go through
a series of yoga poses that may make you think
that oh, Yoga is all about asanas (poses). The
truth is, asanas are only a tiny part of this
ancient science of wellness that is based on the
eight limbs. These eight limbs include ethics
(Yama and niyama), pranayama, different
meditation techniques (dhyana), Dharana, Samadhi,
kriyas along with yoga asanas.
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3. Yoga is a Religious Practice
People have this common apprehension about yoga,
that it belongs to a certain religion. It is
indeed true that yoga is born and nurtured in
Rishikesh (India) which is famous as a Dev Bhumi
for Hindus.  However, yoga is all about the
sacred union of individual consciousness with
higher consciousness. Mantra chanting and Japa
indeed come from Indian roots but it only helps
in increasing your focus and bringing you
awareness. Even though yoga has an element of
spirituality in it, it also encourages you to
live up to your fullest potential in a holistic
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4. Only women and young can practice yoga
Yoga is for everyone irrespective of their age,
gender, religion, or caste. You might see more
women in comparison to males in the class, but
that doesnt mean that men are not allowed in the
yoga studio. Nowadays, you will see that many
yoga teachers are males and some of the greatest
teachers of yoga were also males. The same goes
with the concept of only young people doing yoga,
which arises when people only think of yoga
poses. It is a common yoga myth and the reality
is anyone can practice it under the guidance of a
trained yoga teacher. Even people who fall under
the age group of 50 to 60 years can perform
complex yogasanas with ease and perfection under
the right guidance. All you need is an open
mindset and a willingness to learn.
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5. Pregnant and Menstruating Women should Skip
It is another misconception about yoga that
menstruating women should stay away from yoga. It
is believed on a certain notion that it will lead
to the backward flow of blood which doesnt have
any scientific backing. However, there are
certain yoga poses such as Ustarasana (camel
pose), Malasana (garland pose), and Bhujangasana
(cobra pose) that help in regulating the
menstrual cycle and healing PCOD. The same goes
with yoga for pregnant women as there are special
prenatal yoga classes that help in preparing the
body of pregnant women for birth. 
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6. Yoga cannot make you Lose Weight
Experts believe that yoga helps in bringing
people to a healthy weight through various means.
There are many active and intense styles of yoga
that help in burning more calories. Yoga styles
such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga yoga, and Power yoga
engage the muscles of your whole body. In these
forms of yoga, you have to move constantly, which
leaves you sweating on the mat. Also, practicing
yoga reduces stress and makes you mindful of your
eating habits, and makes you aware of binge
eating. These habits combined help in losing
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7. Yoga might not Fit into your Schedule
We know that the average yoga session in a studio
is 60 to 90 minutes long. However, this notion
that you have to dedicate an hour of your day
daily to yoga to reap its benefits is far from
reality. The length of your yoga practice depends
only on the time you are dedicating to it. If you
are a beginner, you can start with a 30-minute
session. Or if you think that 30 minutes are also
too much, then you can go online and practice a
beginner 10-minute yoga session. So even if you
spare 10 minutes of the day for a yoga session,
your body will reap a lot of benefits. You need
to be consistent with your practice.
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Yoga is a discipline that can be practiced by
anyone irrespective of age, flexibility, time
constraints, and place. Now that all the yoga
myths and reality are out in front of you, we
hope that you can adopt this holistic practice
with an open mindset.
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