The many benefits of Yoga have long been said to slow – or even slowly reverse – the aging process. This is undoubtedly a good part of the reason that this 4000+ year old practice has survived and flourishes today. It’s also a primary reason that Yoga, has experienced the most growth of any fitness program over the past seven years
1- Fiction: “Only flexible people can do Yoga. I can’t even touch my toes!”
Fact: Unless you are ballet dancer or gymnast, it’s very normal to feel tight. Don’t worry if touching your toes seems impossible. With regular practice, yoga is extremely effective at improving flexibility.
2- Fiction: “I work out at the gym. I don’t need Yoga.”
Fact: Although many forms of exercise provide a great physical workout, only Yoga can also claim to be a therapeutic system that helps heal injuries, improve chronic illness, and balance mental stress.
3- Fiction: “Isn’t Yoga mostly for women?”
Fact: While it’s true that many women practice Yoga, some of the greatest Yoga Teachers for over 2000 years have been men.
4- Fiction: “I’ve tried Yoga before, and didn’t even break a sweat.”
Fact: Some styles of Yoga, such as Gentle or Beginner are slower paced, but dynamic styles of Yoga such as Ashtanga offer a faster pace and exciting physical challenge.
5-Fiction: “Yoga is a religion.”
Fact: Yoga is not a religion. The word Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.
6- Fiction: “I can’t do Yoga, I eat meat and drink wine.”
Fact: You can still enjoy a steak and a glass of wine and be a Yogi. Over time you may find yourself naturally leaning towards a healthier lifestyle, but there is no requirement to change.
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