Three Lies People Believe about Yoga
Our Hagoyah team hears misconceptions about yoga throughout the week. These are a few common reasons people don’t try yoga – that is, a few lies people believe about yoga.
Give yoga a try! You’ll see that these lies are just, well, lies.
1. I need to be flexible to try yoga.
So you’re not flexible enough for yoga? It’s just like saying you can’t go to sleep because you’re tired, or you can’t ___ because you’re ______. Yoga is designed to build your flexibility. Starting from scratch is okay: we’ve all been beginners at one point.
If you lack flexibility, yoga is just the experience for you! Flexibility isn’t a requirement. All you need to do is show up with a positive attitude. At Hagoyah, we’ll teach you the rest.
2. My religion doesn’t fit with yoga.
Yoga isn’t associated with one religion, one or belief system or one faith. You don’t need to worship any deities, serve any gods or participate in religious ceremonies.
Yoga is more than a physical practice: it’s the unification of your body and mind, your spirit and breath. In yoga, you recognize your thoughts, become conscious of your actions and words and comprehend who you are. Yoga is about seeing your connection to others and becoming connected to yourself. Having any religion, or no religion in particular, doesn’t exclude you from yoga. It’s a physical practice for everyone. Adapt the practice to your own beliefs!
3. Yoga is too expensive for me.
Sure, some yoga studio classes may bring a little sticker shock. But while it’s true that some yoga classes can be costly, many have deals or specials for new students. At Hagoyah, we love offering our Enlighten-Up Lunch Break classes, where you pay what you can. It’s an introduction to yoga for anyone, and we’re happy to offer this gateway to further yoga practices.
And yoga isn’t expensive when you do it at home! Take what you learn from class and put it into action outside the studio. Roll out your mat in your own living room and practice your sun salutation, downward dog, child’s pose and warrior sequence. When you pay for a yoga class, you pay for more than just that hour: you pay for the knowledge you gain.