Questions to ask before starting a yoga class
Can yoga get me fit?
Can yoga help me lose weight?
Can yoga reduce my stress levels?
Can yoga give me Inner peace?
Can yoga improve immunity?
Can yoga improve my relationships?
Can yoga increase my energy levels?
Can yoga improve my flexibility?
Myths about yoga
You have to be flexible to practice yoga
This is perhaps the most widespread excuse people use not to do yoga. Yoga develops flexibility without demanding a certain level of it. Moreover you have to exercise to overcome your muscle stiffness, and yoga is a great way to do it.
Yoga is a religion
Yoga is not a religion. If yoga has a belief system it is simply to be more connected with your body and yourself. Scientists are now getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries – yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease. John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School is conducting a five year study on how ancient practices affect genes and brain activity. If you practice yoga the chances are that you will feel the benefits on many different levels, if you have a particular belief system or faith then yoga can help strengthen and deepen your own path.
Yoga is slow
Contrary to popular belief, yoga can be both slow and intense depending on the style. Some styles are dynamic, quick moving and can be quite physically challenging, whereas others are great to de-stress and relax.
You need to look a certain way
Sometimes it can be difficult to let go of fear and judgment but yoga can help to move past these as a sense of trust and support is built within a community of practitioners. Yoga is for any body type, shape and size. It is a practice that does not discriminate.
You need to change your lifestyle
There is no requirement to change anything about your lifestyle. However over time you may find yourself naturally leaning towards a healthier lifestyle.