The world of yoga has always been pretty fascinating for the desi community, especially for all those aunties who wish to appear 10 saal jawaan and have been told how Madonna and Madhuri Dixit are able to do it: all thanks to yoga! You see it happening on morning TV shows and you are told how absolutely beneficial it is for the body and mind alike. But at the same time you are also warned about how you can end up looking like a completely deformed potato if you quit doing it. So is that true?
We bring to you a set of myths about yoga as a whole that might just change the way you think about it, for good or for worse? That is for you to decide.
Yoga is For Khawateen Only
Who says it is? Yet, almost all those yoga inspirations you have are females (not to forget the Indian beauty Rekha) and you laugh at men who consider doing it. No, yoga is definitely not a zanana thing and you would find the best yoga expert in Pakistan being a male as well. Yoga was even started by men!
Yoga Takes Too Much Time
This is one of the most commonly heard myths about yoga. No, you do not need to stay posed as an ostrich for an hour each day to be a pro at it. Even 15 minutes of working out can be beneficial for you before you start your day. You can always put aside your Facebook and Snapchat for a little while, right? Do it for your body!
Yoga is Not For People With Injuries
Now don’t just try to turn yourself into a pretzel on a workout-mat with a spine injury, just because you read this. The real point here is that people with chronic illnesses and back injuries can also do yoga, just a more modified form of it that is convenient. For that, you need to consult with you doctor who can suggest you a yoga routine that is most suitable for your condition.
Yoga is For Young People
When it comes to yoga, age is definitely just a number. Yes, your daadi naani can do it too, and there is absolutely no such thing as being ‘too old’ for yoga. However, if you do have health issues of any kind, you can start off with milder yoga positions and it is best if you discuss this with your doctor before trying out anything fancy at home by yourself that might break a bone or two (ouch!) Don’t let that scare you.
Yoga is A Buddhism Thing
A lot of people associate yoga with Hinduism and Buddhism, therefore they do not consider practicing it. Yes, yoga has a lot to do with spirituality and connection of the body with the soul, but in no way is it linked to any religion. It only depends on the way you relax your muscles and the tension within them, bringing you inner peace and mental stability.