Are These Misconceptions Keeping You Away From The Mat?
If you have never tried yoga before, you probably have some assumptions about it that are keeping you from giving it a try. We all have made assumptions about things we are not familiar with. This is how our brains are wired. Most of the time our assumptions turn out to be completely different from what we initially expected before trying something new. Yoga is no different. The benefits of yoga are staggering and you should not hold yourself back from improving your overall health.
Below are some common misconceptions about yoga and what you can really expect when stepping onto the mat.
I’m Not Flexible Enough
And hey, guess what guys, I’m still not very flexible. Sure we all see those beautiful photos of people who are clearly naturally super flexible, but I swear that’s not what yoga looks like 90% of the time. That’s not what yoga looks like for me. It’s not about flexibility, at all – but practicing regularly can help you become a bit more flexible in time. And like anything in life, your yoga won’t look like anyone elses yoga because it’s yours; so flexible, sch-mexible.
Advanced Poses Equal Advanced Yoga
Nope, not at all. You don’t need to do any crazy advanced poses, headstands or arm balances to do yoga. Yoga is more than just the poses, being strong, prepared and ready to do advances poses are really great and you can get there in time if your practices grows there. I’m not a teacher, but to me advanced means knowing your body and your limits, which can change from day-to-day.
I Won’t Be Good At It
I wasn’t and many aren’t at first — like anything it takes time and practice. Yoga is a practice so it’s a constant pattern of growth and change — every day is different. Stick to yourself and don’t compare yourself to anyone else, you’ll start to notice little changes in yourself and practice and those changes will make you feel good. And as silly as it sounds, sometimes we just like to feel like we are good at something in order to stick with it. Also, no one is ever a beginner forever.
Don’t let these misconceptions keep you from getting on the mat and improving your life.
To you health and wellness!
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