Common Myths about Yoga and the True Facts

There are a lot of myths about yoga that can often discourage people from trying it. In this article, we will separate myth from fact so you can decide whether or not yoga will help you achieve your health and life goals.

Myth 1: Yoga іѕ spiritual, not physical

Fact: While it is true that certain yogas include meditation, that is concentration and focus, yoga is intended to be a union of body, mind and spirit. A healthy body is a healthy mind.

Myth 2: Yoga is for wimps

Fact: Yoga is a whole body workout that incorporates both aerobic activity if you do flow yoga that is, yoga movements in a sequence and strength training, such as you would do with weight lifting or using resistance bands. It is quick and effective and develops long, lean muscles, balance, flexibility and stamina in a way few other workouts can. Both men and women can get a better body in only a few short weeks if they stick to their practice.

Myth 3: Yoga is for old people-it is slow and boring

Fact: While it is true that yoga is a great workout that increases flexibility and range of motion, it can be practiced by anyone at any age level and fitness level. Young and old alike enjoy the variety of the poses. Fast workouts may burn more calories, but they can often cause muscle strain and injury. Think of slow weight lifting and you will get an idea of just how powerful yoga can be in building your best body.

Myth 4 –You will never lose weight doing Kundalini Yoga

Fact: Ever see the people carrying yoga mats? Chances are that most of them are skinny. Yoga develops long, lean muscle, which boosts your metabolism and helps you burn calories more efficiently. You will also look a lot better in your clothes. Think of the difference in volume between 1 pound of cotton balls (out of shape muscles) and 1 pound of brick well-conditioned muscles and you will get an idea of just how slim and trim you can start to look even if you never lose a pound.

But since each yoga session can burn an average of 500 to 1300 calories, a Kundalini yoga session, yoga is the perfect way to get a better body.

Now that you know the facts, do a search online for my yoga videos and courses. Get started with this great exercise that is fun, interesting, and can easily be done every day no matter where you are.

Published by Dhyan Navjot Kaur

Mom of two, Biologist in eternal love with the Deep-Sea Ecology world. My specialty was deep sea invertebrates and of course you need an oceanographic vessel to explore such depths. I had the honor to have worked with amazing people in the Atlantis II (WHOI, USA) and Justo Sierra (UNAM, Mexico). Back then, the Atlantis II was the home of the submersible “Alvin”, the same one that discovered the Titanic! Later in life, I went across the ocean, all the way to Sweden to obtain a master’s degree in Environmental Biotechnology. While I was there, I did a lot of cool experiments with mushrooms to decrease the cost of biogas production. I love learning and teaching what I know. My teaching love has extended in the areas of Science, English (ESL Certified Teacher), Diving (Dive Master YMCA and PADI) and Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini yoga has been my source of inspiration, energy, and guidance for 23 years. It has transformed my life in amazing ways. Practice and teaching kundalini yoga is to me a most precious gift. Together with Sanjay Dorje (Peter Farquharson), we dance life together with our two kids, Evan and Sarah who we are Home-Educating.

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