I am too immobile. This is not strenuous. They are all vegans. Preconceptions about the yoga world are countless. We have questioned the most common ones.

Yoga has been booming for years. Especially now in Corona times. After all, it doesn’t take more than a mat and two square meters of space. Exercises like the Downward Looking Dog have long since ceased to cause disturbed looks, and having a yoga teacher in your circle of acquaintances is almost a matter of course. And yet, to this day, there are still an incredible number of (and sometimes absurd) prejudices circulating about the practice. Here we clear up the most common clich├ęs, excuses and claims.

 

1. it’s not exhausting, anyone can do it.

No. Whether it’s Ashtanga , Vinyasa Flow , Relax , Yin or any other style of yoga, the description “not strenuous” is the understatement of the century. Have you ever tried staying in a meditation seat for five minutes doing “nothing”? Have fun with it. Most of us quickly reach our limits. And we’re not even talking about exercises like Plank , Chaturanga , Crow or Handstand . From a purely physical point of view, yoga is a really good strength training that meets all the current requirements of sports science through its many twists, balance postures and three-dimensional exercises.

2. I am much too clumsy for yoga.

An excuse that is mostly used by the men of creation. Well – there is even a grain of truth in it. Men are generally less flexible than women. But hey, guys tend to have more strength. In general, it’s mainly the less flexible people who should go to yoga. Because it changes incredibly quickly. Of course, not every style is suitable for everyone. But there is a suitable direction for every condition – whether young or old, man or woman, healthy or with a handicap. So anyone who has had a bad experience should simply try a different practice. Yin yoga, for example, is primarily about gentle stretching.

3. they are all vegans.

Definitely not! Yes, some people who practice yoga become more conscious about nutrition, pay attention to their health, and perhaps even swear off bad habits. Since you are dealing with your own body, you learn to listen to it much better and perceive its needs more clearly. Nevertheless: Many yogis love pleasure, eat meat and sweets, drink a glass of wine in the evening or party hard. Are they fun killers? Quite the opposite!

4. this is also nothing but gymnastics.

From a purely physical standpoint: Yes. But anyone who tries yoga quickly realizes that there’s much more to it. You don’t just stand there and do gymnastics; the holistic aspect is an essential part of the concept. This means that you get into the right mood with a breathing exercise. The asanasas, or postures, are a constant alternation of tension and relaxation. And very important are calmer exercises to come down towards the end and Savasana , as the final relaxation. This structure also creates space for thoughts, emotions, ideas, from which new perspectives can develop. This goes much deeper than “mere” gymnastics.

5. For yoga you need to be deeply relaxed.

Quite the opposite. Especially when it’s stressful, bad moods or PMS strike, an hour on the mat is the best thing you can do for yourself. Because the flow of the exercises, the concentration on yourself plus the calm breaths have a positive effect on the autonomic nervous system – we come down. Of course, it can happen that anger really boils up inside you or deep emotions come to the surface. And that is a good thing. The trick is to let them go. At the end of the session, you are guaranteed to be deeply relaxed.

6. In yoga you can not hurt yourself.

Misconception. Like everywhere in sports, yoga also threatens injuries. Namely, when the principle of mindfulness is ignored. The point is to recognize one’s own limits. Of course, one’s own comfort zone should be expanded a bit during practice – but not by hook or by crook.

7. Yogis are always peaceful.

No, yogis are only human. They also know negative feelings such as excessive ambition, envy or hostility, which they cannot simply switch off. However, the basic attitude in yoga is a peaceful one. The principle is not to expect anything from oneself or others, but also not to exclude anything. No matter if positive or negative.