Debunking Yoga myths

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Debunking Yoga myths
BY Virgin Active South Africa
Posted On 5 January, 2023

It’s natural to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of trying something new. A new type of class whether it’s Boxing or Barre is up there on the intimidation scale, but the myths that surround Yoga classes seem to prevent more people from giving it a try. So, we’re here to debunk some of the Yoga myths that you’ve probably heard before and get you excited to book your Yoga class in club or try your hand at one of our online classes.

Myth: You have to be flexible to do Yoga.

Nope! This is simply not true and is one of the most common myths about Yoga. No one is super flexible when they start out. Over time your practice will help with your flexibility but no one is even going to blink an eyelid if you can’t touch your toes so don’t let that stop you from trying a class.
You might not be ultra-flexible now, but eventually, after years of practice you will be able to sit and watch the sunset with your ankles crossed behind your head (if that floats your boat).

Myth: Every pose needs to be done perfectly.

When starting your Yoga practice, you shouldn’t focus on perfection but rather on progress. Remember, if you try to force your body too far you will run a high risk of injury or feel overwhelmed by the movements. That’s not what Yoga is about.

Each pose needs to be done safely and mindfully, listen to your body. Trust that the Yogis in club classes will monitor your form and offer regressions.

Myth: The styles are complicated.

There are many different styles of Yoga and more seem to make their way into the fold as trends change. We’ve tried to simplify the options and focus on 3 offerings.

  • Yoga AlignClasses are focused on holding shapes and poses for longer and are great for clarity and focussing the mind.
  • Yoga FlowThis is a dynamic and energetic practice where you move with speed and precision to work up a bit of a sweat.
  • Yoga CalmThis practice restores, stretches and creates space for bodies and minds. You’ll hold shapes for longer for deeper stretches

Myth: Yoga is a religion

While Yoga does have its roots in Hinduism it is genuinely for everyone. Our clubs offer Yoga sessions that are simply just that, a Yoga session. While private studios may bring some spiritual elements into the classes, participation is purely optional.

Myth: Yoga is only for the slender among us.

Never has there been a more false statement. Yoga is for everyone of all body types, shapes and sizes. We all start at the same place and that is always the beginning. Yoga helps the mind to relax as well as our breath to deepen.

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