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.