When you hear the word yoga, words like – flexibility, stretching, and breathing comes to your mind. For those of you who might not be able to touch your toes, this can be very discouraging. There are a lot of misconceptions about yoga being not made for everyone which is not at all true. Let me uncover few yoga myths which will end all your thought bubbles.
We often hear people say “I’m meditating” or “I’m doing yoga”. Sometimes they are intending to suggest the same thing while other times they may be talking about drastically different things. Yoga means union. This union means the connection between your soul and the universe. Yoga is not only the word to describe this state of union but is also the means to attain this union. Meditation is essentially a state of awareness or consciousness. A yogi shuts off his senses and outer distractions to transcend into a peaceful state of mind. Yoga is not about meditation, it’s more than that. One cannot truly meditate without being in a particular state of mind. The practices of yoga are truly designed to help one learn to attain this state of meditation. Yoga cultivates discipline, devotion and self-love in an individual.
Humanity is the only religion for yoga. People are God’s gift to mankind and everyone has the same body and soul. By respecting people he created we are actually respecting the creator himself. Yoga teaches us that hatred leads nowhere, only love goes a long way. It creates a sense of unity that neither power nor money can teach us. Everyone no matter what caste or creed is welcomed to practice yoga. Yoga is not discriminating people against gender, color or age. Yoga is about peaceful unity. Age is just a number in yoga. Whether you are a six year old or a seventy year old, age is no bar for you to practice yoga since yoga is not a destination to reach. It’s just a journey. They don’t call it a “yoga practice” for nothing. The beauty of yoga is not to meet an end goal; it is to learn how to surpass all the negativity you go through when you are on your journey.
If you are wondering that with all the bends, twists and poses that makes your body look like a human jalebi, yoga is only for the flexible body type then you are wrong. . I can’t tell you how many people tell me they can’t do yoga because they are not flexible. The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but rather to become more flexible over time while enjoying yoga’s other health benefits, like improved strength and reduced stress. Yoga is about much more than flexibility. In fact, being super stretchy doesn’t make you “better” at yoga at all. And regarding not able to touch your toes, it gets easier over time with regular practice.
Yoga is for everyone. It relieves stress in an incredible way and strengths the body. It is the best way to connect to one’s self. The best part about yoga is that it is portable and can be done anywhere, anytime by any gender, size or body shape. It is something you can do for your rest of your life. Yoga is empowering and life changing.