Yoga Myths

Yoga Myths

Myth 1: Yoga is a cult, with severe rituals -


Reply: A cult is ritualistic, with leaders. Yoga has no rituals, only discipline; no leaders, only

 

masters. With professional guidance, chanting too may be practiced for physical healing.

 


Myth 2: Yoga is for women only -


Reply: Many better-known contemporary yoga masters are actually men...satyananda,

 

sivananda, vivekananda, iyengar, pattabhi jois, krishnamachari, desikacharya...

 


Myth 3: Yoga involves giving up eating meat -
 

Reply: Although protein in meat fibers is known to improve muscle strength, vegetarian

 

diet with natural fibers is recommended to help improve elasticity.

 


Myth 4: Yoga helps shed body weight -
 

Reply: Yoga may help us lose a few inches due to muscle toning, not necessarily the

 

weight. It simply monitors body weight by optimizing bodily functions.

 


Myth 5: Yoga is only for slender people -
 

Reply: A slender body may appear to ease the stretch process, but safe technique and

 

mindful practice can help even heavy set people stretch deeper into postures.

 


Myth 6: Yoga is just another less intense form of exercise -
 

Reply: Yoga includes breath, focus, movement, and relaxation – all of which require

 

intensity of purpose; low impact tendon stretches can cause an internal sweat.

 


Myth 7: Yoga chants have religious overtones -
 

Reply: Although practitioners sometimes choose to take it to spiritual levels, repetitive

 

chants simply help clear the mind of deep rooted negative debris.


 

Myth 8: Yoga is an esoteric/ erotic practice -
 

Reply: Regular yoga stretch discipline may help improve sex life as any physical activity

 

might; but its primary purpose is preventive healthcare.

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