4 Common Yoga Myths
Unique Yoga Facts
Do you think you know everything about yoga? You may not know these fascinating facts.
Dogs Can Do Yoga Too
Doga, a form of yoga practiced by people and their dogs, is becoming more popular. Pet owners help their dogs perform poses and use their pet's bodies to support their own bodies.
Yoga Has Sexual Benefits
Yoga strengthens pelvic floor muscles, which can improve orgasms. It may also help prevent premature ejaculation.
No More Worries About Your Breath
Ancient people believed that everyone has a limited number of breaths. They believed that deep breathing was an excellent way to slow down and conserve breaths, extending their lives.
A Psychiatrist Helped Popularize Yoga
Psychiatrist Carl Jung played a crucial role in introducing yoga to the Western world.
Yoga is Also a Sport
If you enjoy competing with others, you will want to consider competitive yoga. Participants perform poses and are judged on balance, strength and flexibility.
Have you decided that yoga is not for you? Taking a look at the truth behind common myths just may change your mind. Although yoga traces its roots to ancient times, it's just as relevant today and offers many benefits that will help you become physically and mentally healthier.
Yoga is for Women
Luckily, NBA players LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have not heard the myth that yoga is just for women. They and many other professional athletes include yoga as part of their strengthening and conditioning sessions. Even if you do not play a sport in front of thousands of adoring fans, you can still take advantage of the many benefits of yoga including:
- Improved muscle strength and flexibility
- Stronger bones
- Better posture
- Increased circulation
- Healthier immune system
- Less cartilage breakdown
- Lower blood pressure
- Better heart health
- Improved levels of good cholesterol and drops in bad cholesterol
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Reduction of stress
- Improvement of moods
- Natural pain relief
- Less insomnia
- Better concentration
Best of all, since practicing yoga only requires a mat, you can do it virtually anywhere.
Yoga Isn't a Good Choice for People Who Aren't Flexible or Have Health Problems
Do you think you cannot take advantage of the benefits of yoga if you have a health problem, flexibility issues or joint or back pain? Yoga classes are appropriate for all fitness levels. You will learn basic poses during classes and gradually progress to more difficult poses.
If you practice yoga faithfully, you may just be surprised at the improvement in your flexibility after just a few weeks. If you are concerned about your ability to perform certain poses, your yoga instructor can modify them to make them easier and more comfortable for you.
A meta analysis of the effect of yoga on low back pain discovered that yoga had a medium to large effect on functional disability and pain. Because yoga improves flexibility and loosens muscles and joints, stiffness and pain tends to decrease the longer you perform the poses. Yoga also improves mobility and increases blood flow, which can promote healing.
Yoga is Boring
If your only experience with yoga is what you see on TV, you really do not know yoga. There are multiple types of yoga, which means it's easy to find a type that interests you. Power yoga is a more athletic form that boosts your heart rate, while hot yoga is performed in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Are you a perfectionist? Iyengar, a form of yoga that focuses on precise body alignment, may offer the challenge you crave.
Yoga is Only Appropriate for Younger People
Unlike some other types of exercise, people of all ages can benefit from yoga. Performing yoga poses just 12 minutes daily reversed bone loss caused by osteoporosis and increased bone mineral density in the spine, hips and femurs in participants who participated in one study. Yoga can be particularly helpful as you grow older, because it:
- Improves your balance, which can reduce your risk of falls
- Helps you avoid weight gain
- Keeps your joints lubricated, decreasing your arthritis risk
- Promotes mental sharpness
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