Men and Women. Young and Old. Yoga is for everyone willing to try it.
It is just as beneficial for men as for women. One of the primary goals of yoga is to bridge the gap between the masculine and feminine energies. Each one of us contains both male and female energies, the Yin and the Yang. We must nurture both to create a balance, and yoga helps us to exactly that.
-YOGA FOR COUPLES: I teach yoga to couples and male athletes. It sparks closeness by bringing together two people using breath, touch, play, movement, and intimacy. Thus, it helps the partners balance their energies and help them bring out the best in each other.
-YOGA FOR ATHLETES: It helps them learn to breathe correctly, improve muscle stability, enhance focus, balance & improve their overall sports performance.
Myth 2 - "You should skip yoga when on your period"
Some people believe that a woman should not practice yoga while she is menstruating and that any form of exercise can mess with her 'natural flow of energy' during her periods.
While it's adviced to avoid inversions and extreme twists, hip openers, forward bends and supine poses all work wonders at this time. When I am on my period, the routine that works best for me includes gentle restorative Yoga asanas that softly stretch my spine, lower back and abdominal muscles.
You can try these Yoga poses during your cycle to relieve symptoms of bloat, heavy bleeding, and PMS.
1- Suptapadangushtasana 2
2- Setu Bandhasana with a bolster ( Bridge Pose)
Myth 3 - "Yoga is just glorified stretching, not a 'Real' workout"
All asanas might look like stretching and warm-up exercises, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Yoga focuses on strength training, flexibility, breathing & meditation techniques. While it can be intense, it's not as overwhelming as some other types of exercise. Each pose flows into another in a very physiological way, toning and shaping your muscles.
While teaching, I tailor the sequence according to their body type and goal.
Myth 4 - "I am not flexible; I can't do yoga"
A renowned yoga teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater said "Yoga is not about touching your toes; it's about what you learn on the way down."
Flexibility is certainly not a requirement to start practicing yoga, but it is sure to improve the more you work at it. Like anything else in life, improvement comes with practice. Keep at it, and little by little, you'll see a drastic improvement in your strength and flexibility.
Initially, when I started my practice, I couldn't even touch my toes, and now I can practice deep stretch flow and other Yoga inversions with ease.
Myth 5 - "Yoga has always been about physical fitness"
Yoga leads to perfect harmony between mind and body and nature. Yoga is also commonly understood as a therapy or exercise system for health and fitness. While physical and mental health is natural consequences of yoga, the goal of yoga is more far-reaching. I personally like to devote all my Yogic practices to a higher entity. It helps me heal internally and raise good vibrations.
Myth 6 - "Yoga is too complicated"
Yoga is a lifelong journey and the teacher that guides you on that journey is a vital part of it. A teacher will make sure your practice is evolving and not stagnating. They will do this with patience and instinctively know when you are ready to move to the next challenge. They are responsible for demonstrating and guiding the students through a series of poses in a safe and understandable way.
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