Athens Regional Health System

Yoga Myths

Many people can benefit from yoga. But, the ideas we have about yoga and ourselves can keep us from trying this healing practice.

Myth No. 1: Only flexible people should take yoga.
FACT: Yoga is NOT about flexibility. Classical yoga, which we teach at ARHS' Mind Body Institute, is about the cultivation of awareness. The asanas, or postures, are the part of yoga with which we are most familiar. Their true purpose is to calm the mind and body, to teach concentration and relaxation. Scientific studies demonstrate that awareness practices lead to health and healing.  Some of the side effects of yoga are flexibility, strength, balance and sure footedness, energy and relaxation.

Myth No. 2: I will be joining a religion (or forsaking mine) if I take yoga.
FACT: Yoga is NOT a religion. It is a system for integrated health and healing, involving mind, body and heart. Yoga itself is not a faith.

Myth No. 3: Yoga is hard and I might hurt myself.  I'm too old. 
You will NOT be asked to overdo it. Yoga focuses on gentle, gradual change that is powerful and enduring. Yoga respects the individuality of each person.

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