The Top 5 Yoga Myths

The Top 5 Yoga Myths Debunked

Have you ever fallen for one of these yoga myths? If so, which one? This article will debunk the top 5 yoga myths and replace fiction with fact. 

But first, you’ve heard about all of yoga’s benefits:

  • Getting strong
  • Getting toned
  • Getting de-stressed
  • Feeling younger

Unfortunately, you’ve probably heard some of the trash talk about yoga too:

  • You have to be flexible
  • You have to use a heated room
  • You have to be a celebrity
  • Yoga is a weird cult/religion
  • Your teachers have to be certified by this organization or that organization

And the list goes on and on.

The good news is we’re here to filter out all the garbage and shed some light on this controversial topic.

#1 Myth: You have to be flexible to do yoga. 

BUSTED: You do not have to be flexible to do yoga.

Flexibility (I prefer to use the word ‘mobility’) is a beneficial side effect of a regular [and correct] yoga practice. Look for a teacher or a provider that does not emphasize flexibility.

Instead, you should look for a yoga teacher or provider that teaches proper alignment and movement because proper alignment and movement will naturally lead to true flexibility.

#2 Myth: You must use a heated room to do yoga.

BUSTED: Although ‘hot yoga’ is trendy, ultimately, it’s just a gimmick.

Think about it for a second. If you have to bring your environment to 99 degrees F and above to move, what will happen when you are out of that environment? If you pick up your groceries, will you have to wait for it to be hot for you to do so?

Heated rooms create false flexibility and can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and other adverse side effects. Skip hot yoga because you want to move well at all times and not be limited to moving well when the temperature is high.

#3 Myth: You must be a celebrity or movie star to do yoga.

BUSTED: Yoga is for everybody.

Yes, it’s true that celebrities like Jennifer Anniston, Sting, Adam Levine, Robert Downy Jr., and Dr. Oz all do yoga. And it’s true that all of those folks look great.

The truth (and the good news) is that yoga is available to you, too.

That means you can begin to reap the benefits of yoga right now.

Look for a yoga provider who welcomes everyone and ensures everyone who participates benefits.

#4 Myth: Yoga is a weird cult/religion.

BUSTED: I think that fitness expert, Tony Horton, said it best, “Yoga is just yoga.” That’s all.

Yoga is a way of slowing things down to connect the mind and body through movement and breathing. That’s it. And when we slow things down, we begin to feel better, move better, de-stress, and unwind. That is the beauty of yoga. It carries over into our lives in a positive way.

Look for yoga providers teaching in a neutral and inviting way for everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy.

#5 Myth: You should only take classes with a teacher certified in_______________.

BUSTED: Certain certifications look good on a teacher’s resume, but the truth is qualification outranks certification in every case. You see, anyone can pay their money and become certified as a yoga teacher. But you cannot put a price on 1000s of practical teaching hours and tons of experience.

Look for yoga teachers who are qualified, not just certified.

The Takeaway?

Yoga is awesome and is something anyone should be able to do. The trick is just doing it. And we’ve put together some essential tips to help you with that and debunk the top 5 yoga myths.

Always use this valuable advice when seeking a yoga teacher or an online yoga provider. If you follow the guidelines outlined here, you will have easily doubled your chance of success.

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