As the practice of yoga continues to grow, so do the misconceptions about it. So today we’re going to set the record straight on 8 myths that may be stopping you from embracing yoga in Charlotte.
The good news is that yoga has grown substantially in the U.S. and more people than ever are getting into it. The bad news is that all the misinformation out there that can be at best confusing and at worst a big turnoff for some folks who would otherwise really love and benefit from yoga in Charlotte.
Here are a few of the most common misconceptions.
Myth #1: You’re not flexible enough to do yoga. Saying you are too stiff to do yoga is like saying you’re too sick to go to the doctor. Stiffness leads to a lot of aches and pains. A healthy range of motion throughout the body will reduce your aches and pains today and in the future..
Myth #2: You need a certain diet, body type, outfit, etc. Yoga is inclusive and can meet you where you are – there are no prerequisites. A byproduct of yoga in Charlotte may be better physical, mental health and wellbeing, but that is not required to start. The best thing about yoga is that you can come as you are and let the practice tend to you in the most generous way.
Myth #3: Yoga is religious. Yoga is not a religion – it is a philosophy. Do some people engage in yoga religiously? Yes, but there is no required belief system in yoga. The philosophy is meant to engage you in asking important questions, gaining insight and making your own informed decisions.
Myth #4: Yoga is just for relaxing. Yoga is an eight-fold path that actually requires a disciplined effort. Relaxation and stress reduction is a wonderful byproduct of a focused practice whether that is asana (poses), pranayama (breath), or meditation.
Myth #5: Yoga is only for women. Today, most yoga classes in Charlotte are close to 40 percent men. Yoga creates flexibility, builds strength and refines your ability to focus.
Myth #6: I’m too busy to do yoga. Again the too-sick-to-go-the-doctor analogy applies, except maybe even more here. Add in the efficiency of getting to check off all of these boxes: fitness, stress relief, and skillful focus all in one session. Try just 20 minutes a day and observe the return on that investment.
Myth #7: I’m not young or fit enough to do yoga. Many people have started practicing yoga in Charlotte at 50 or over 60. It’s not only a great healthy choice but also provides community and positive social benefits that may surprise you. You are only as old as your thoughts—and yoga can positively affect those too, so get yourself into a class with a great teacher and have some fun.
Myth #8: I can’t do yoga because I’m injured. Many students come to yoga while they’re recuperating from an injury and can’t participate in their regular form of exercise. Those who first try yoga as a means of rehab, typically stick with it because it not only helps them heal but can also help prevent future injuries.
If you’ve been avoiding yoga in Charlotte for any of these reasons, we hope this information opens your mind. The multiple benefits of yoga are waiting for you – \call our office or stop by today and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and get you started!