1. Yoga is a religion
Yoga is not a religion. It is a way of life. Yoga gives you the tools to dig deep inside, confront your fears and challenges, and be a better person for everyone around you, including yourself.
The principles of yoga (the Eight Limbed Path written by Patanjali) offer a roadmap for inner and outer behavior that is without harm and for the greater good. Love yourself first in order to be able to properly love and serve anyone else.
2. Yoga is for flexible people
Saying you aren’t flexible enough to go to yoga is like saying you are too dirty to take a bath.
Yoga is how we ALL get flexible. No one comes to yoga being able to touch their toes. We get there by using yoga to release the stress built up in our muscles (this absolutely causes inflexibility in many ways) and begin to stretch our minds and our bodies for flexibility in both.
3. Yoga is for skinny girls
Instagram is for skinny yogis. Real yogis go to yoga in all shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, religions, body types, careers, educations, personalities…Yoga is for every body, every person.
4. Yoga is not a workout
Certain styles of yoga do tend to be more of a workout for the mind and an opportunity to stretch and relax the body.
But about 85% of the classes at TYS are the perfect combination of mind relaxation and exercise for the body. We mostly practice a strength-based vinyasa (Sanskrit for flow) in a heated studio. This is still a style that is accessible to most everyone and allows for plenty of modifications depending upon how your body feels that day.
So yes, you will leave sweaty, pleasantly worn out, and at total peace having burned plenty of calories.
5.Yoga is only for young people
Yoga is a form of exercise (and a way of life) that is sustainable until death—unlike many other activities you might decide to take up aka skydiving, marathon running, rock climbing, snow skiing etc. etc.
Many, many people practice yoga well into their nineties and beyond and are healthier and happier because of it. You are never too old to start a yoga practice and reap the benefits!