ven though yoga has gained popu- larity as a form of exercise, there is so much more to a practice than
the physical poses. Most people tend to get caught up in the physical result, and are not consciously aware of the trans- formative journey of the mind. As a yoga practitioner and teacher, I’ve had the opportunity to take part in several inter- esting discussions around what consti- tutes a “yoga practice”, and who stands to bene t. Here are the 3 biggest myths I’ve encountered:
You need to be super t & exible to do yoga
If I had a dollar for every time someone said, “I’d love to try yoga but I can’t even touch my toes!”, I’d be a millionaire. Seriously. A consistent yoga practice BUILDS strength, exibility, and balance. Our bodies are made to adapt to the condi- tions we subject them to, so, the more you practice (and listen to your body), the more you’ll strengthen your physical and mental structures. Start where you are, and see how far you’ll go!
Yoga is a religious practice
Absolutely not. The word “yoga” literally translates into “union”. It’s a practice that uni es the mind, body, and spirit. To break it down even further, yoga = mindfulness. Therefore, anything we do – from the conversations in which we participate, to walking the dog – can be considered a yoga practice, as long as it is done mindfully.
Having a disability hinders your yoga practice
Hearing it makes me sad. Yoga is for every body, men, women and everyone in between. Every single person can bene t; it’s a matter of nding the right t. Having a mental or physical disability does not dictate the quality of an individual practice. In fact, we’re beginning to see a rise in the number of wellness practitioners who suggest practicing yoga to deepen their quality of life. Whatever the case may be, anyone can take a yoga practice and adapt it to their speci c needs.
If you’re on the fence about trying a class, my advice to you would be to just do it! Nothing to lose, and maybe your sanity to gain!