Yoga is a very popular form of exercising and spiritual balancing, but it is also very often understood by a lot of people.
Quite often people have experience with one type of Yoga but not another, and as such, they will base their overall impression of Yoga on what they have experienced. It is like people basing their impression on Germans on the most famous German they know – Adolf Hitler, or more recently the portrayal of George Bush internationally as the only example of an American anyone knows.
The truth is that Yoga is very different depending on who you learn it from and how they perceive Yoga.
This article looks at some of the Common Misunderstandings About Yoga!
Misconception Number One: Yoga is all for the mind.
Yoga is closer to a combination of exercise, physiotherapy, psychology and spirituality all rolled into one. As you come to master Yoga, you will become mentally stronger, and most importantly discipline. For some people, this transcends to a spiritual level because they are so efficient and clearing their thoughts while meditating.
Misconception Number Two: Yoga is for Hippies.
As previously mentioned Yoga can be a very spiritual experience if you become good enough at clearing your thoughts and concentrating while performing the exercises. But you certainly do not have to begin with any spiritual belief.
Yoga believes in aligning the body and the mind and the spirit through achieving inner balance. What that means to you is probably going to depend entirely on your existing beliefs. For some people it will be a spiritually uplifting experience, for others, it will be an effective way of distressing and being calm. Still others will claim that these things are one and the same.
Misconception Number Three: Yoga is a fad.
Recently there have been some very hyped up Yoga courses making big claims about what Yoga can achieve. These are easy to associate with other ‘fad’ exercise crazes.
However, Yoga is not something new and has been practiced for thousands of years.
Misconception Number Four: Yoga is too slow to help me lose weight/gain tone etc.
It’s easy to believe that weight loss, and toning our body is all about hours in the gym and fast high impact exercise.
That’s simply not true. Yoga can help with weight loss and in particularly toning. The exercises, while low impact and performed slowly – are still exercises. While you use them, you are using your muscles, and in many cases, you are using muscles and muscle groups that regular exercise programs ignore.
The second way that Yoga can be of benefit in a weight loss program is that it will increase your mental strength and allow you to be more disciplined with your food consumption. When it comes down to it, excess weight is a result of eating and not enough physical exercise to burn off those calories. Have you ever noticed how some people can eat donut after donut and not put on any weight at all?
It seems unfair, but it’s a natural result of the state of their body. Usually, these people will be quite ‘sinewy’, and this muscle allows them the metabolize food faster. That’s the third benefit of Yoga in weight loss, as your muscles develop your body will become more efficient at consuming foods and processing them into nutrients and waste.
Hopefully, we have now gone some way to explain away the various myths associated with Yoga. It is such a broad topic that it is very much a case of Yoga being what you make of it.
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