5 COMMON MYTHS OF YOGA DEBUNKED!
April 30, 2019 Posted by Lauren shirley Blog
There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about yoga swirling around out there so we’ve decided it’s time for us to clear some rumors up.
To be fair, we get it – yoga does carry a certain mystique with the Sanskrit and odd posture names (WTF is Koundinyasa anyways?), but we are here to assure you that all of it is smoke and mirrors. It’s not confusing and it’s not mysterious. It’s quite the opposite. Plus, the good news is that you don’t have to a single word in Sanskrit to be able to rock it out on your mat!
As a studio that’s been around for almost 10 years, we’ve heard our fair share of these misconceptions. We’ve also noticed a few specific misconceptions that keep popping up over and over again. Let’s dive into these “mystical myths” and we’ll explain why they are simply not true. If you are reading this there is a good chance you’ve either A) once believed one or more of these myths to be true or B) know someone who does so listen up (and share with a friend).
1. You have to know what you are doing to start practicing yoga.
This might be the most absurd misconception out there. You don’t need to know a SINGLE thing about yoga before you come to take a class. We weren’t taught how to do chaturangas or grounded warrior 3 in grade school, so why are you putting so much pressure on yourself to know everything in your first class? It’s ridiculous!! Quit being ridiculous! The only way to get to where you want to be is to START. So roll out your mat, listen to the cues the teachers calls, look at other students as guidance when the teachers calls postures you aren’t familiar with and understand that you don’t have to totally get it right the first time. That comes with time. And if you do feel a little defeated and confused after your first class, remind yourself that this is completely NORMAL and give it another go. After two or three more practices and you’ll get the swing of things and actually start to enjoy *gasps* practicing yoga.
2. You have to be flexible to do yoga.
If we had a dime for every time we heard this we would have… really, really, really heavy pockets. No, you do not have to be flexible to do yoga. Yes, the postures that you practice help increase your flexibility, but you could be the most inflexible person in the world and yoga would still be for you. In fact, if you are the most inflexible person in the world, you SHOULD come to yoga. Flexibility is a result of yoga, not a requirement. So drop the thought that yoga is only for the flexible, get on your mat and try to touch your toes. Focus less on the “touching your toes part” and more on the “try” part.
3. Yoga is too easy.
HA! Out of all the reasons why people avoid yoga this is our favorite. You think yoga is easy, huh? Come to one of our double shot classes and tell us how you feel after 😉 Not only is the physical practice of any type of yoga challenging, our signature style of yoga is designed to push you to your limits and deliver a full body workout by incorporating cardio, strength, and flexibility all in one 60 minute class. You WILL get stronger by practicing yoga – mentally and physically – and you might even find yourself ditching the treadmill because yoga will start to make the treadmill look like a cake walk.
4. Yoga is too hard.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are those that are intimidated by yoga because it seems like it will be too hard. The good thing about this practice is that you can totally go at your own pace. If you need to take child’s pose in the middle of class, do it. We WANT you to do that. We would rather you listen to your body and learn when it needs to take modifications or a break. Stepping out for water when you know you need it is always highly encouraged.
So yes, yoga can be hard, but not too hard. Just hard enough to where, after each class, you feel stronger and empowered because you were able to prove to yourself that you can do hard things and come out on the other side.
5. Yoga is only for hippies.
LIES! Yoga is for everyone. After one visit to Y2 you will quickly see that we cater to a wide audience of people. In one class you can find CEOs and Financial Investors, to Gym Rats and Professional Athletes, to Hippies and Activists. It’s a big melting pot at Y2 and we like it that way. As long as you like a challenging physical exercise, loud & fun music and a community of really nice people – you will fit right in.
If you are new to yoga and want to learn a little bit more about our studio and how we practice, check out our new student resource center. You can find posture tutorials, FAQ’s, a guide to help you determine which Y2 classes are right for you and more!