When a Google search for Yoga can throw about 1,32,00,00,000 results (in just 1.42 seconds), you know there can be all kinds of information available up there. Some of it might be descriptive, some literature and images, videos and some can be pretty confusing and ambiguous. Not counting those which can be totally incorrect.
Here is a list of myths about Yoga which is untrue –
Yoga is associated with a particular religion – Yes, some detractors argue that Yoga is associated with the Hindu religion, but actually it is more spiritual. Yogic practices, according to spiritual guru Sadhguru, originated in ancient India. Practicing Yoga does not mean embracing Hindu religion but more of imbibing a lifestyle, which is associated with Hindu culture. The culture and lifestyle which developed besides the Sindhu River since time immemorial. Over the years, other religions such as Buddhism, and Jainism have embraced Yoga.
Yoga is only a way to stay physically fit – Some practitioners treat yoga as a regimen for physical fitness. Yoga is much more than that. Yoga or “Yuj”, a Sanskrit word, means “to unite”. Or simply explained practicing yoga would lead to unite individual consciousness with larger Universal consciousness. Different forms of yoga not only uplifts health but practicing regularly also result in mental wellbeing.
Yoga can be practiced at any time of the day – There are different types of asanas and meditation. For best results, it is advisable to practice yoga early in the morning, preferably with an empty stomach. Again, some asanas can be performed during sunset in the evening. Avoid when a yoga studio tells to come for 11.00 am class!
Yoga is only for Men – Men have been practicing yoga since time immemorial. In recorded history, there might be more eminent yoga gurus than women teachers. However, in the past 40 years or so, many women have practiced and taught yoga in several cities and contributed to its literature. Yoga can help women in more than one – balancing hormones, improving metabolism and mental health, posture and many more.
Yoga is only for people of certain age group – This is a very misleading perception. One can practice yoga for a lifetime. And is one of the least complicated way of attaining physical and mental wellbeing. There are different schools like Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, and each of these have a specific way of doing it. There are legendary stories where both men and women have been practicing yoga until the age of 90 years.