Smashing The Yoga Stereotype

It’s time to smash the yoga stereotype…

Because yoga is not just for a certain type of person or people. Yoga is for everyone…

You don’t have to be young 

There is no age limit to improving your mental or physical health. Some of the most well respected yogis are pushing into their 70s and 80s…

There is also is no starting point or finishing line. Many students don’t discover yoga until middle age…

You don’t have to be skinny

There is no specific yoga body. Any body that engages in yoga practice is a yoga body. Yoga teachings are for the body you are currently in not the one that you wish you had.

Don’t be intimidated by media images. Yoga in the real world is for real normal people.

You don’t have to be chilled out and ‘zen’

Yoga is a journey and every journey has to have a starting point. It doesn’t matter where you are at the beginning what is important is where you get to…

If you’re stressed out, cranky or emotional yoga could help you harness those feelings and focus your mind. You may not start out chilled out but hopefully that’s the state you get to..

You don’t have to be a hippy

Yoga has always been associated with alternative lifestyles but you don’t have to be a hippy to enjoy the benefits of yoga practice.

Yoga students come from all backgrounds…

In fact studies have shown that people who work 9 – 5 office jobs are likely to be the people who benefit from yoga the most…

You don’t have to be fashionable

Your yoga mat is not a catwalk. You can wear whatever is comfortable and non restrictive to yoga classes. Fancy active wear does not help your yoga practice…

And nobody will be looking at your outfit anyway….

Yoga is about focusing on your own progression.

You don’t have to be flexible

Yoga is not as difficult as it looks. Don’t let mind bending Instagram photos put you off. Yoga is not all about awkward acrobatic poses.

Sure there are some really flexible positions yoga can put you into…

But there is a lot more to yoga than putting your legs behind your head.

You don’t have to spiritual

Yoga may have roots in ancient Hindu culture but but modern yoga classes are usually not linked to any particular religion. You don’t have to worship or pray to any God during a yoga class.

All that yoga asks is that you have an open mind and a willingness to explore.

You don’t have to be a girl

Yoga has got quite a girly reputation in the Western World due to it’s popularity with women in the 90s.

But yoga is for both sexes.

Male yoga students can achieve just as much as their female classmates…

Yoga is a great way for male students to build muscle tone and look after strains or injuries.

You don’t have to be a vegan

Although a lot of yogis chose a healthy meat free diet but that doesn’t mean you have to. You should eat what you feel is best for your lifestyle and body. There are no restrictive rules inside or outside a yoga class…

Although we do recommend not eating heavy meals before or after class of course..

So if you’re thinking of starting yoga don’t think about stereotypes. Yoga is not scary or hard. It does not require huge financial commitments or lifestyle changes. And there is no clique that you need to fit into to…

All you need to be is yourself

Let us know your yoga stereotype experiences in the comments below…



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