Top 5 Yoga Myths Debunked
Learn how to separate fact from fiction and discover the real ways yoga can ease joint pain for people with arthritis or related conditions.
Debunking Yoga MythsPracticing yoga involves moving into a series of poses, and often includes breathing and relaxation exercises. However, there is no one single method. Yoga is actually an umbrella term that covers hundreds of variations. There are almost as many myths and misconceptions about yoga as there are types. That isn’t surprising for an activity that’s been around some 5,000 years. However, it can be daunting for someone who’s looking to get started – especially someone with arthritis.
We set out to identify and put to rest some common myths about yoga and practicing yoga with arthritis.
Myth #1: Yoga involves so much twisting and bending – it’s going to make my arthritis worse, not better.
Myth #2: Yoga is too gentle to have any physical benefits. It’s more about chilling out than getting fit.
Myth #3: I have to get fit before I can even start doing yoga.
Myth #4: Yoga is so gentle it’s impossible to hurt myself – or aggravate my arthritis – while doing it.
Myth #5: I can’t do yoga because I’m a man. Yoga is only for women.
At the end of the day, whether you are young or old, male or female, a gentle yoga practice can be very beneficial for arthritis and worth giving a try.
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