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Yoga Misconceptions

Clara John discusses four of the common misconceptions about Yoga.

Yoga has been practiced for many centuries. It is a traditional Eastern practice that offers numerous health benefits regardless of age and fitness level. Yoga is a particular exercise system that includes a number of subtle postures and stretching poses to strengthen most of the body parts. It is not only an exercise routine for physical health, but it also works on the mind and spirit. It is effective in enhancing flexibility and strength and putting the mind and body in a peaceful state. Many people are under many misconceptions about the conventional yoga practice. They like the graceful poses but hesitate to participate in Yoga because of the wide spread false impressions about the practice.

Yoga is Easy

A misconception is that yoga is an easy workout. Although it is not difficult to perform it does require particular strength and stamina. During yoga practice you have to hold certain poses for long periods of time. To achieve and hold particular yoga poses is a challenging task and the lack of fast movement does not make yoga easier. These slow movements require a high degree of strength, co-ordination and balance.

Yoga needs Flexibility

People seeing the breath taking poses from experts usually think that their body is not suitable for performing yoga positions due to their lack of flexibility. There are a lot of health benefits related with each of the Yoga positions and if you feel you lack flexibility then you are an ideal candidate to try Yoga. Remember flexibility is not a prerequisite for Yoga - Yoga will improve your flexibility along with strength, co-ordination and balance.

Yoga is for Ladies

Men feel that the delicate and slow yoga movements are more appropriate for ladies. This misconception has been developed because of the perception that yoga is easy and not a 'manly' sport. The truth is that yoga is as challenging as any other sport and needs a particular athletic approach. Yoga is an extremely quick-witted practice which anyone can adapt as per their fitness level. The multiple yoga schools have a number of challenging postures that require strength and stamina.

Yoga Conflicts Religiously

Yoga is not a religious practice. If you have such belief, then I expect you have entered a yoga class and heard chanting being played over the speakers. Some yoga studios include Indian religious issues with yoga practice, but this is their personal choice. It is also a fallacy that yoga is related with Hinduism. It was adopted by Hinduism centuries ago, so people relate Yoga with them. The reality is that anyone can take up yoga without any religious issue.

Summary

Despite of all the misconceptions that yoga is easy, feminine, not challenging, religious and needs enhanced flexibility, the benefits of yoga makes it a universally practiced routine. It is a holistic science that offers particular benefits without focusing who you are and what your fitness goals are. The regular integration of yoga poses in daily routine assist you in enhancing strength and flexibility all over the body.


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About the Author

Clara John likes to know and perform fitness techniques to live an active and fit life. Clara has been passionate about learning and sharing the ways to improve fitness using specific fitness equipment to maintain optimal health.

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