Have you wanted to try yoga but you’re not sure what it’s all about? Or maybe the only thing that comes to mind when you think of yoga is an insanely flexible woman standing on her head. Whatever your association with yoga, we want to clarify a few things, so we’re busting some of the biggest myths and misconceptions around yoga.
Myth #1 You have to be flexible to do yoga.
Instead of thinking of flexibility as a prerequisite for yoga, reverse your thinking; think of it as a benefit. You do yoga to gain flexibility not because you are flexible. All skill levels are welcomed and encouraged, and you’ll only become more flexible over time with continued practice.
Myth #2 Yoga is not as good of an exercise as things like running and lifting weights.
Although yoga is about so much more than just the physical benefits, many classes still offer a great workout. Holding poses and moving fluidly from one to another requires both strength and stamina. And in many poses, you are holding up all of your body weight (and if that freaks you out, don’t worry, there are always modifications!). Yoga can be used to get, or stay, in shape, or more restorative classes are great for counter training for other means of exercise.
Myth #3 All yogis are vegan.
Yoga is about nourishing the body and mind, which is why many yogis do eat vegetarian or vegan. But by no means does this blanket statement apply to all yogis. And you will definitely not be criticized nor shunned for enjoying meat. You may, however, be introduced to yummy vegan foods that you can take or leave at your own discretion. More than anything, yoga is about acceptance of oneself and others in habits and appearance, while simultaneously being a part of a culture that encourages more mindfulness and a deeper connection with oneself and the earth.
Myth #4 Working out in a hot room is bad for you.
As long as you stay hydrated, working out in a hot room can actually be a great detoxifier. Research has found benefits ranging from the skin clearing up to the liver working more efficiently. But again, hydration is key. We recommend 3 glasses of water before class, 1 during, and 2 after class with some type of added electrolyte (all in addition to your normal, daily water intake).
Myth #5 Yoga is boring.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, but if you have tried yoga and thought this, give a different style a try. There are all kinds of differences between each style, so one may suit you better than another. Try a class with music, without music, with a fast tempo, with a restorative aim…there are lots of options!
Myth #6 Yoga requires fancy equipment.
One of the best parts about yoga is that it requires literally nothing: just yourself! Don’t feel like you need to own a certain water bottle, mat, or high-end workout clothes. Come as you are, wear what you want. At Modo, you can rent a mat and towel so especially if you’re new to yoga, don’t feel like you have to make an investment before you even start. Just come on in! Perhaps later you’ll want to get your own mat, but if you don’t, the grass outside or carpet in your apartment also make great mats when you’re not in the studio!
Hopefully we were able to debunk some of your yoga myths and misconceptions, and if we missed any, let us know in the comments! We’d love to see you in the studio, so if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out!