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. We tackled three misconceptions last week .
Here are three more.
1. Yoga poses? I can’t do those!
Yoga poses, just like yoga itself, isn’t one-size-fits all. Every pose looks different on every body. Your flexibility, physical fitness and strength are all factors. For a pose like standing forward fold, for example, the person to your right might be touching his toes and the person to your left may not be able to reach past her knees.
The best part? Neither person is doing it wrong. Different bodies allow for different expressions of every pose.
2. Yoga is only for stress relief.
Yes, yoga is for stress relief – it’s a powerful stress buster and you can leave a yoga session feeling more relaxed and calmer. But yoga is more than that! A regular yoga program strengthens muscles, deepens your breathing, improves your balance and makes you more flexible. Yoga can help with many ailments and illnesses – asthma, arthritis, depression, heart disease, infertility . . . the list goes on.
3. Yoga is only for young people.
At Hagoyah, we have students of every age! Yoga offers benefits to everyone, no matter what your generation. It’s never too late – or too early – to begin practicing.