By Emily Apple

Yoga has taken Western culture by storm and with it comes the myths which are attached to this ancient practice. Several myths about the practice of yoga have long been masquerading as facts and now is the time to put an end to it all.

Yoga has become a type of religion

Yoga has got nothing to do with religion or uttering phrases that worship demigods. The truth is that yoga revolves around spiritual growth and promotes a sense of well-being that is about being compassionate towards yourself and others.

Those interested in the art of yoga are interested in the physical and mental benefits it holds. Yoga will alleviate stress and increase flexibility. Not only that, but yoga has proven to increase the overall fitness level of those who practice it. There is no need for hours of cardio, endless rugby drills or weight training at the gym when you have yoga as your go-to hobby.

Yoga will sweat out toxins

Our bodies sweat to keep us cool, not to eliminate waste. Yoga does not sweat out toxins. That is the job of our kidneys, liver and digestive tract. When our bodies sweat, it releases water and salt and electrolytes, not toxins. The best way to eliminate toxins from your body is to put fewer in. In doing so, yoga will actually help your body reduce blood pressure, improve lung capacity, lower the risk of heart disease and relieve anxiety.

You need to log 60 to 90 minute classes to see improvement

If you are unable to spare an hour-long session, you should still get onto the mat. Research has shown that about 20 minutes of yoga a day has proven to be beneficial in improving brain function.

No flexibility means you can’t do yoga

This is a flat out lie. Trained, professional yoga instructors know how to modify poses to the fitness levels of their students. Your flexibility will improve with time and regular practice. It all depends on the yoga instructor to teach you the correct methods if your fitness level doesn’t allow for some of the poses.

Yoga is not for people with injuries

Yoga is perfect for those with injuries as it holds the key to help with pain relief. But before you sign up to the class, instruct your teacher about any injuries so they can make special modifications where needed.

Get some yoga in your life by organising yoga at your workplace, school, retirement village or somewhere else!

Try corporate yoga, chair yoga, seniors yoga and or meditation.