Yoga has become one of the most popular forms of exercise in recent decades. Despite this popularity, there are still many misconceptions about this excellent method for whole-body fitness.
In the same way that many people still believe that tai chi is “just for old people,” many think yoga is “just for girls.” This probably comes from the misconception that women are more flexible than men – not true! This idea has been perpetuated by culture and has nothing to do with physiology. For that matter, it’s worth dispelling the myth that yoga is about stretching – again, not true! Yes, there is a component of yoga that stretches your muscles and soft tissues, but that is just one piece of the puzzle. Practicing yoga will help you improve your flexibility and maintain a high level of mobility, but it’s the misunderstanding that yoga is about flexibility that keeps many prospective enthusiasts away.