Some people think yoga is not for them — they can’t bend like that, they can’t sit still and they don’t want to get in touch with some kind of hippie religion.
But, Jacqueline Dahlheimer, yoga instructor at Evolution Power Yoga on Springwood Road in York said many people have yoga all wrong.
Dahlheimer busts some of the most common myths about yoga. Here are excuses she hears from people all the time:
1. I’m not flexible. “That’s why you do it,” Dahlheimer said. “If your not flexible, you should be doing yoga to get flexible. You often find that you are more flexible than you think.”
2. It’s not a workout. “Not true,” she said. Dahlheimer teaches power yoga and often participants are holding their own body weight. “It requires a huge amount of strength to get into the poses.”
3. Yoga is a religion. Dahlheimer said people who work at Evolution Power Yoga come from all walks of life, from Christian to Buddhist to atheist. “The practice is not about religion,” she said. “It’s spiritual but it’s really about getting physically present.”
4. I don’t have the patience for yoga. “The practice of Yoga in general uncovers that,” Dahlheimer said. “We all have stillness.”
5. Hot yoga would be too hot for me. You learn a breathing exercise to keep your body cool. And, of course, not all yoga classes are the same. So, start with a class you might be more comfortable with.
6. I can’t learn how to do yoga. Yoga is natural human practice that has been practiced for years. All of the poses were taken from people sitting around watching animals, Dahlheimer said. “You can start a yoga pose in your living room with no teacher, if you listen to what the body wants,” she said.
7. I’m too old for yoga. “One of our teachers started her practice in her 60s and now she’s 80s and she does handstands,” Dahlheimer said. “It’s never too late to start.” Yoga has been thought of as a fountain of youth. Dahlheimer said she wants to be able to sit on the floor with her grandchildren and be able to get herself up without problems. “We are fighting gravity constantly,” she said. “The practice of yoga is all about getting longer, taller. Just because you didn’t find length and strength in your 20s doesn’t mean you can’t in your 80s.”
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