This is my #1 reason for not practicing yoga as a teacher. Flexibility is not a prerequisite! Yoga is a journey. If your yoga journey starts with you standing forwardly folding your knees, that’s fine. You will be surprised at how your hamstrings look when you keep practicing and keeping breathing. These exercises will strengthen and tone your back.
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Yoga Myth #2: Yoga Is Only for Hippies
False! True! Yoga is for everyone, whether you’re an athlete trying to relax your tight muscles or a mom of three looking for some stillness and calm,
Yoga Myth #3: Yoga is for everyone
This is a difficult one. Yoga is not for everyone. However, a person can be strong, balanced and flexible. Yoga is more than just postures. It is also a combination of breath, focus and intention, movement, quality, and many other factors. Being “good at yoga” does not mean that you are physically able to see it, but rather how someone takes their yoga on and off the mat.
Yoga Myth #4: No LuLu, No Yoga
Your yoga pants cost HOW much?! You can wear what you like, whether it’s a brand new yoga outfit or your favorite high school t-shirt.
Yoga Myth #5 – Yogis Must Go Vegan
You can eat vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, or fruitarian. After a yoga class, eat whatever makes you happy. You are responsible for your body’s health and safety.
Yoga Myth #6 – Yoga Class Must Be a Workout
It isn’t. There are many types of yoga. Vinyasa and ashtanga can give you killer triceps. There are styles that have very little movement and will give you a better workout for your brain than your body.
Yoga Myth #7 – Your Yoga Teacher Can Do All the Poses in the Book
Yoga doesn’t require you to be able touch your toes. Yoga teachers are sometimes more advanced than others, but this is due to the fact that they get on their mats every damn day. It has been said that the title “Yoga Instructor” is a pretzel lady who can carry her leg behind her head and walk around with one leg. Unfortunately, this is not true. Cirque du Soleil might be the right place for you if that is what your looking for.
Yoga Myth #8: Yoga Improves Your Health
It is true! Yoga is not only good for your physical strength and flexibility, but also helps you relax and have a greater awareness of yourself.