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Let's debunk some major misconceptions about yoga, shall we?


๐Ÿญ. ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ

If I had a penny for every person who says that they're too stiff to do yoga. It's like saying you're too dirty to have a shower. Think about that. Weโ€™re not all super flexible and thatโ€™s okay, but thatโ€™s something yoga is great at: increasing strength and flexibility.


๐Ÿฎ. ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฎ โ€œ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—นโ€ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜

Whilst science has proved that yoga doesn't achieve aerobic-type workouts (so you need to complement your practice with some cardio to look after your heart), come to my class and you'll break a sweat. My classes focus on building strength and flexibility. Check out what my Google reviews say about gains in strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and general wellbeing improvement.


๐Ÿฏ. ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ

Yoga has steadily gained popularity over the last century, but it is certainly no fad. Yoga has been around for thousands of years but of course, it has evolved. It's a dynamic discipline and that's why it's still growing steadily. Latin is a dead language because it didn't adapt. Yoga has been around so long... because it works.


๐Ÿฐ. ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป

One of the most long-standing yoga misconceptions is that itโ€™s a practice for women. This is far from accurate. Yoga is equally beneficial to women and men. Yoga is for every-body, all shapes and sizes.


๐Ÿฑ. ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ

Yoga has been linked to Hinduism but actually, yoga was before it. Yoga is a physical practice with a spiritual intention but it's not a religious one. What does it mean then? The practice goes beyond stretching and strengthening of muscles. The holistic effect that is attained through yoga enables practitioners to not only improve their physical health but also their emotions, mentality and concentration.


๐Ÿฒ. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

More difficult poses donโ€™t make you a better yogi. The inner work is where it's at. It's the failures, the disappointments, the frustrations, the moments you want to give up but pick yourself back up and show up the next day. Wherever you meet your challenge is where your yoga begins. If someone needs a more โ€œadvancedโ€ pose to find their edge, then thatโ€™s their edge. If you find your edge in the first breath of the practice consider yourself lucky.


๐Ÿณ. ๐—”๐—น๐—น ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ

There are many styles to choose from and even more teachers to share their knowledge with you. I personally think that yoga is for everyone but not every teacher is for everyone. I think that you need to feel connected to your teacher to want to learn from them. Group class isn't for everyone. Different atmospheres, class sizes and class types can make a world of difference to your experience. But foremost, keep curious, keep patient and keep conviction for doing it for you.


I always thought yoga is some hippie mumbo jumbo... You can still see where this culture has been hijacked by hemp-trouser-wearing hippies or appropriated by YogaButt type of hybrid fitness programmes. This isn't to say either is bad. These are just examples of the opposite sides of the yoga-see-saw phenomenon.


What surprised you most about yoga?


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