Clearing up Common Yoga MisconceptionsPosted: Apr 25 in Weight Loss Blog by Staff
Yoga is very popular, but also very often misunderstood. That’s hardly surprising; after all, there are many different types of yoga, and many different reasons people practice it, so it can all be rather confusing for people on the outside to know what to make of it. Yoga is not like anything else in the modern world, but once the misunderstandings are cleared up, you can see that it has a lot to offer.
Yoga Is Just a Kind of Exercise
Yoga is a kind of exercise, but it is not just a kind of exercise. It’s as much a form of spiritual practice as it is an exercise, but even that doesn’t fully describe it, because there are also elements of psychotherapy and self improvement to it. Mastering yoga requires you to develop yourself in a lot of different ways, all aimed at making you a stronger, more capable person in every area of your life.
Yoga Is a Spiritual Practice
Some people are put off of yoga because they think that it is a religion, or some other kind of spiritual practice, that requires them to adopt different beliefs than they already have. This is not the case. The practice of yoga certainly does have a spiritual component, and it originated within a religious tradition, but it is more than either of those things. Many people practice yoga solely for the physical and psychological benefits. Some take a spiritual approach to it. For some, it is indeed primarily a spiritual or religious practice. However, yoga is a very broad tradition, and it supports many different approaches and goals. You can choose to view the inner peace and balance that yoga strives for in spiritual terms. You can choose to view it in psychological terms. Either way, the practice will be the same, and will bring you the same benefits.
Yoga Is Just a Fad
Yoga has become increasingly popular in recent years, and whenever a new kind of exercise, or spiritual practice, or what have you becomes popular, new enthusiasts tend to make big claims about what it can do. This can make yoga seem like it’s just a fad. However, yoga has been around for centuries. There is clearly something to it, something that offers much more real value to people than most other exercise crazes.
Yoga Movements Are too Slow for Weight Loss or Strength Gains
This one is wrong for multiple reasons. For one thing, there are many different styles of yoga, and some of them are very fast and intense. For another thing, just because something is slow or static does not mean that it is not an effective exercise. Some yoga poses require holding your body in difficult stances that require a fair amount of effort to maintain. Even though you’re not going anywhere, your core and stabilizer muscles are working overtime. Yoga can be an effective weight loss tool and an effective way to develop your strength. You’ll never bulk up because of it, but you can get your muscles more toned.
There is nothing else like yoga. It is such a broad practice that there are many different things you can use it for, from lowering your stress to developing self discipline to losing weight. If you look into the different styles of yoga, it is quite possible that you will find one that can help you achieve your goals.