Yoga is the art of de-stressing your mind and achieving the optimal levels of the spirituality, but we hear many assumptions and myths too about the Yoga, which is not scientifically correct and is spreading in our society rapidly. Hence, here we’ll discuss the most popular myths about the Yoga which are keeping you away from this beneficial form of exercise.
1. Flexibility is only component to do yoga
Yeah, flexibility has the influence on the effect of a particular aasana on your body, but other components for completing the aasana properly also have the powerful influence on the health. Strength, agility, and balance are co-related to the flexibility if your body is flexible enough but if you’re not good at other factors, and then the aasana will be less effective.
Remember, these important factors vary from person to person and it can make some aasana easy for you, but other postures would be proof difficult for you.
However, you should maintain the balance between the strength and agility to execute the asana as directed.
2. Sweating means release of toxins
Well, whenever our body is exposed towards any physical exertion like the other cardio exercises, it results in the sweating but this is the normal physiological response of the body that occurs due to the activation of the thermoregulatory system, keeping our body cool to balance the temperature.
In sweating, you release the electrolytes, water and salt but not toxins, the removal of the waste product is regulated by the kidney and liver, not by a thermoregulatory system. Hence, don’t confuse the sweating with the toxin removal.
3. Can be performed in the group classes only
No, there is no restriction that the Yoga can only be performed in the group classes; yet, you can do the aasanas at home without anyone’s assistance or company.
There is no doubt that community classes are a much better option for practicing the Yoga, but if you can’t avail these classes, then you can get the benefits of Yoga at your home but make sure that the technique should be proper.
4. Hot yoga is for the people who need to lose weight and increase the detoxification
We believe that if the sweating is occurring during exercise, it means our body is burning the fat, and this concept is also implemented for the Hot Yoga. Actually, this concept is wrong especially about hot yoga, which is the technique for de-stressing your mind, leaving a relaxing effect on your overall health.
Furthermore, the hot Yoga is physically lighter and can speed up the cardiovascular fitness. Yogis feel like they’ve lost 5 lbs in this short session while leaving the class, but this feeling occurs because your mind is free from stress and you’re drenched in the sweat.
5. At least 90 minutes are needed to practice the Yoga
Do you really believe this? Almost every fitness trainer and yoga practitioner recommends that start your exercise routine from the 15-20 minutes then progress it according to your strength. If you’re not flexible enough and don’t have sufficient strength, you can’t perform the aasana as directed, resulting in the severe injury and makes you bed ridden for longer duration.
This assumption is true but for those who are practicing the Yoga regularly but if you’re a beginner then don’t start with the high intensity and long duration, try to start with the moderate intensity and short duration and increase both these factors according to your exercise tolerance limit.
6. Men are not allowed to do Yoga
About 5000 years ago, Yoga was started and practiced exclusively by the men. Yoga has been practiced for attaining the highest levels of the spirituality in the Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
Though, the Yoga is the amazing way to build the spiritual connection and de-stress your mind; so, its benefits are not only limited to the women; yet, men are also allowed to engage in any community yoga classes to rejuvenate their spirit and soul.
7. It is the religion
Obviously not! Though, the concept of the Yoga rests on the strengthening the spiritual connection but it is not a religion. People from the different religions are accepting the importance of the Yoga and incorporating its effective aasana in their daily routine.
Every Yoga practitioner opts for the Yoga to achieve the different effect; so, it is not the religion, it can upgrade your religious beliefs.
8. While performing Yoga, there is no need to take precautionary measures
Any physical activity, in which the physical exertion is exposed to your body, increases the chances of the injury. So, rather you’re doing the intense cardio workout or the simple yoga aasana, you should take the precautionary measures for reducing the risks of injury.
Some Yoga aasana needs the skills of the expertise level and it should not be tried if you’re a beginner and having other medical problem previously. During pregnancy, the upward bow, camel and shoulder stands should be avoided for minimizing the risk factors.
9. Young age is necessary to do the Yoga
Yoga is not confined for any particular religion, gender and age group. Since it is clarified that any individual belonging from any religion can practice Yoga; similarly, Yoga can be done in any age group either you’re in early or late adulthood but some poses are contraindicated for them due to the requirement of greater strength and flexibility. But, they can do the gentle Yoga for encountering the degenerative effects on the body.
10. Before starting the Yoga, your weight should be controlled
Yoga is supposed to make you healthy spiritually, mentally and emotionally; to be thin and lean is not necessary while enrolling in the Yoga class. For accomplishing each pose, your strength and flexibility should be good enough to perform each pose as directed. Apply the yoga poses after accomplishing your workout to relax your body and refresh the mind in a while.
11. Yoga is devoid of types
Yeah, Vinyasa is the most popular form of Yoga but it doesn’t mean that other forms of yoga don’t exist. What we do is that we just stick to one form of Yoga especially, Vinyasa and don’t consider other types.
Hatha Yoga is designed with the static posture and it is slightly slower than, but Power yoga is known for increasing the flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. Whereas, hot yoga is super-challenging, producing more heat; perhaps, this is just the short clip of the commonly practiced yoga styles. The list doesn’t end over here. So, before joining any nearby community class, ask the practitioner first about what types of styles they are practicing in the class.
12. only vegans and vegetarians are supposed to practice Yoga
Like the yoga is not only limited to the skinny people; similarly, only vegans not own the Yoga; yet, the meat eaters can also practice the Yoga. Though, diet and fitness are co-related and they should be balanced, but relying on only vegetables for doing Yoga is not the proven fact.
If you’re eating the healthiest diet regardless, it is met or vegetables then you can lead any physical activity. So, try to opt on the healthier food and practice yoga without believing on this assumption.
13. No, it is not a workout
Since, it is explained above that Yoga has the variety of styles with different benefits. However, it can be treated as the relaxation remedy or can be transformed into a well-composed workout.
Some poses of Yoga can be repeatedly done and they constitute the complete body workout, but few aasana will provide their effects when they’re performed as the simple stretching. So, it depends on you rather you’re incorporating Yoga as the full body workout or building up the mind-soul connection stronger.
14. Don’t practice Yoga pose during chronic pain
Exercise has shown positive impacts on the chronic pain. The cow-cat pose is very beneficial for reducing the back pain and the researchers strongly believed that the yoga has the power to heal the injuries and minimizes the muscle soreness.
A study suggested that the down dog aasana can lower the inflammation in the cancer patients. So, don’t get afraid about the injuries occurred during the Yoga while having chronic pain, make sure that you’re practicing each aasana under the supervision of the Yoga expert.
15. It is all about impossible and difficult pose
If we never attempted any task in the life, it automatically becomes difficult for us because without gaining the appropriate experience about the task, we can’t predict the degree of difficulty of the task; thus, we assume that it is very hard to do and we can’t perform in it.
Similarly, a degree of difficulty for the yoga is entirely resting on your capability of practicing a task. If you’re unable to excel in the beginners’ pose, how can you practice the advanced one’s aasana? So, your skills should meet with the respective levels of expertise.
Well, don’t believe the assumption; firstly, investigate yourselves first and then decide rather you’ll go with this option or leave it. If you hear any Yoga myths except the described one, then share with us.