Have you ever wondered why people who adopt yoga into their lives never give it up?
When we hear the word yoga, we usually think of healthy elastic bodies that, with gentle, rhythmic movements, promise to relax from everyday stress.
It is a personal choice to do yoga or not. Maybe you’re unsure if you actually want to try it, or perhaps you just don’t have enough motivation to get to your first class. Or, even worse, perhaps you’ve attended a yoga class that was far from enjoyable and made you feel frustrated, leaving you believing that yoga is just not for you.
Generally, there is the idea that yoga is only for those who are already in good physical condition, for those who are already flexible and strong, and many think that yoga cannot deliver the physical results that other disciplines promote. These are some of the many misconceptions that prevent people from going to the mat and enjoying one of the oldest and most complete disciplines in history.
Below is a list of other misconceptions that prevent many people from discovering yoga as it is meant to be, a discipline that integrates the body and mind.
I have to be vegetarian: NO
Yoga is a religion: NO
I have to stop a particular habit or do something specific to practice yoga: NO
I have to learn another language – Sanskrit for example: NO
There is an age limit for starting: NO
Yoga actually gives us the opportunity to recognize our own physical abilities and achieve states of mind that we want to preserve, by working with postures, breathing and concentration that are integrated into a “whole” body, mind and intellect. Yoga is a journey from the outside to the inside, a journey through the senses.
We invite you to experience for yourself that the following are true:
In just 4 weeks, you’ll have increased strength, flexibility and endurance.
You’ll enjoy the discovery of deep breathing.
Toxins will be released from your body through perspiration.
You’ll discover what it is to have a relaxed body with an alert mind.
You posture and alignment will be greatly improved.
What keeps bringing us back again and again to the yoga mat is the experience of an intense workout and the wellness of deep breathing, which translate into an alert and vigorous mind. What we take from the yoga mat and incorporate into our daily lives is that we have discovered harmony within ourselves as well as with the world around us. It’s all about being HAPPY!
By Blanca Ramirez