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NewsMobile Myth Buster: Debunking Common Misconceptions Around Yoga


Yoga offers numerous benefits, such as improved flexibility, strength, balance, cardiovascular health, immunity, and stress reduction. However, misconceptions persist, such as needing to be flexible, young, thin, or female to practice yoga. International Yoga Day, celebrated on June 21, 2024, aims to dispel these myths by promoting yoga’s inclusive and transformative nature.

We spoke to a certified yoga instructor Zarna Adhyaru to debunk some of these misconceptions

Here are a few common myths related to yoga:

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

Reality: You don’t need to be flexible to start doing yoga—yoga helps you become flexible. Everyone starts somewhere, and many poses can be modified to fit your current level of flexibility. Over time, you’ll notice improvement as you practice regularly.

Myth 2: You have to be young to do yoga.

Reality: Yoga is for all ages. Whether you’re in your teens, middle-aged, or a senior, there are yoga practices that can benefit you. Yoga can help improve your balance, strength, and mobility, no matter your age.

Myth 3: Yoga is just for women, not men.

Reality: Yoga is for everyone, regardless of gender. In fact, yoga was originally practiced by men in ancient India. Today, many men practice yoga to improve their fitness, flexibility, and mental clarity. Yoga studios and classes welcome everyone.

Myth 4: You should skip yoga when you have your period.

Reality: It’s a personal choice, but many women find that yoga helps alleviate menstrual discomfort. Gentle and restorative yoga can be particularly beneficial. Listen to your body and do what feels right for you.

Myth 5: You need to be thin to do yoga.

Reality: Yoga is for all body types. It’s about building strength, flexibility, and mindfulness, not about fitting a certain body mold. Many yoga classes and instructors are body-positive and can help you modify poses to suit your needs.

Myth 6: If not done properly, yoga causes lifetime bone injuries.

Reality: Any physical activity comes with a risk of injury if done incorrectly, and yoga is no different. However, with proper guidance and attention to alignment, yoga is generally safe. It’s important to learn from a qualified instructor and to listen to your body to avoid overstretching or pushing too hard.

Yoga is an inclusive practice that offers something for everyone. By debunking these myths, we can help more people feel comfortable and confident in trying yoga, and enjoying its physical and mental benefits.

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