A lot has been happening in the name of yoga globally. But the fact is only a few people know what exactly this ancient science has to offer to humanity.
Let’s talk about some myths of yoga that you should stop believing.
Myth – 1 Yoga is what you do every day on the mat
Fact: Yoga is a way of living. Yoga is a way of being in a state.
What you do on the mat is the physical aspect of yoga which is called hatha yoga. Yoga comprises eight limbs known as Ashtang yoga. All the limbs are interlinked and to be followed from time to time to make progress in the journey towards the highest truth.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, most people understand yoga means asans (physical postures).
Yoga is the key to unlocking the immense potential within. Yoga is a path that leads to the realisation of the self within.
You can be in yoga 24/7 on all days.
Myth – 2 You need body flexibility to practice yoga
Fact: You don’t need certain body conditions to practice yoga. If you are talking about hatha yoga, even to practice asans and pranayam you don’t need body flexibility.
Step-by-step guidance and techniques will facilitate body flexibility without hurting muscles and joints. You need the willingness to start your yogic journey, a path to the divine self.
Myth – 3 Yoga comes from one religion
Fact: Yoga is an ancient science and a precious gift to humanity. Yoga doesn’t belong to any religion.
Myth – 4 Difficult poses mean advanced yoga
Fact: Anyone with good body flexibility can do difficult poses and become a pretzel.
Yoga is an internal process. It’s subtle and poses cannot measure how advanced you are in the inner world.
Through asans, you get control over certain body elements and vital force that facilitates the introversion to advance in the yogic process.
Myth – 5 You can learn yoga from books and random videos
Fact: Books and random videos can inspire you, can give information and make you knowledgeable but you can’t learn yoga.
Yoga is a technical and scientific process to follow. It needs proper guidance and supervision from a competent and qualified yoga teacher. It is extremely important what to practice, when to practice, how much to practice, what to avoid when to avoid. Only a learned yoga teacher can guide them with you correct sequence of yoga practice that can facilitate the activation and strengthening of pran (vital force).
There is a way how to start from 0 to reach A and how to progress from A to B and B to C. It’s a step-by-step process. In yoga, you are dealing with pran (life force) that’s why it’s essential to follow the proper process otherwise body energy can leave you in a great mess if not followed the way it should be followed.
Jumping from nowhere to anywhere can’t lead you somewhere.
Myth – 6 Playing background music will help in yoga practice
Fact: If you are playing any type of external music while practising yoga, you will never be able to make progress in yoga. The ultimate goal of practising yoga is the realisation of self within. Yoga practice must facilitate introversion. Also, you will need your full focus on every yogic practice else you might end up having an injury or it will remain just a body-bending exercise.
In yoga, you should be able to hear the sound coming from within, i.e. Anhad naad.
Myth – 7 Yoga is only for young people
Fact: Any human being of any age can practice yoga.
Myth – 8 Just a certificate course in yoga makes you competent in teaching yoga
Fact: It takes a lot to make you competent in teaching yoga, You need to have an in-depth understanding and knowledge about yogic science, the human body, psychology and practice.
Myth – 9 You can practice yoga during menstruation
Fact: No you can’t.
Menstruation is the natural process of cleansing during which Apan Vayu; One of the pran of five main pran and a total of ten, flows downwards.
Yoga is the process to make Apan Vayu flows upwards and join it with other prans.
By practising yoga during menstruation can disturb the direction of vital energy.
(P.S. This is a big topic, will talk about it in-depth in an upcoming blog or video)
Myth – 10 Yoga is great exercise
Fact: Yoga is yoga!
Yoga is not exercise.
Yoga is the path.
If your intention is just physical fitness or bodybuilding then you should reconsider it. However, physical health, mental health, good body, etc are byproducts of yogic practice.