Common Misconceptions About Yoga Practice
Even though yoga and mat classes are pretty popular and widespread these days, you might still hear dubious claims about them. To redefine these, below are 5 truths about yoga practice.
1. You don’t need an athletic background to do yoga.
Keep in mind that athletic nerds crave to show off their latest accomplishments. In yoga, you’ll NEVER be asked to go into a pose that you don’t feel comfortable in, rather you’ll be asked to monitor your resistance. No one will ask you to be super flexible, and no one will look down on you for not being a circus acrobat. Make sure that you choose the right class based on your capabilities. Even child’s pose is yoga.
2. You don’t need a studio to practice yoga.
Yoga can be practiced basically anywhere. For most asanas, or yoga poses, you’ll need a flat surface and a bit of space. Make sure to follow directions of how to get in the poses and always know an out for the pose sequence. Good advice for beginners is to follow a trustworthy instructor. Once you get the hang of it, you can be your own master. Remember that yoga is all about breathing, and moving in sync with your breath is key.
3. You don’t need to follow any yogi diets.
You could be vegetarian, vegan or a full on meat-eater to practice yoga. As the practice of yoga is all-inclusive (all-accepting, tolerating…) you should be, too.
4. You don’t need to have a specific outfit.
Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. Also check out the latest trends and get inspired by new designs in the store.
5. You can practice any or no religion in order to practice yoga.
So, make sure to read and believe trustworthy articles. Yoga is a practice that can be done pretty much anywhere, regardless of how flexible, zen, stylish or spiritual you are. Try it even when you’re not having it with the world. I know a session of yoga makes me happier.
Apply yoga to your everyday routines. It can be used as a meditative tool and you get the same mental health benefits. Use your inhale to create space in your body and exhale to sink deeper into the stretch. I promise you’ll be one happy baby after giving it a try.