At Yogi2Me we are always excited to spread the message that yoga is for everyone! Whatever your age, your gender, your intentions or your motivations, yoga is a practice that anybody can embrace and benefit from – both physically and mentally.
There are several stereotypical ideas floating around about what it means to be a yoga lover, and these can often discourage people from getting involved! So, let’s take a look at a five ideas that have been unfairly connected to yoga and yogis, and debunk the stereotypes!
Yoga is a stretching class for girls.
“I’m not flexible enough for yoga!”, is an excuse you may have used in the past to brush off an invite to practice, but in reality it is strength that you’ll need to see a session through to the end.
Being able to stretch won’t save you when you have to call upon your own body strength to move through the asanas. Even staying in a simple Downward Dog for more than a few moments will get your muscles in motion – whether you’re a girl or not!
Yoga is easy.
This is likely not an opinion that you’ll be holding onto by the end of your first class!
Although a pro yogi may flow through a session without breaking a sweat, if you’re starting from scratch then you probably won’t be so lucky…
Remember though, you can find a suitable class for whatever level you are at, and even if it does leave you sweaty and achy, you will more than likely leave bursting with endorphins and craving more!
All yogis are lefties.
Not everyone who is into yoga votes on the left side of the political spectrum! Having an interest in yoga and spirituality doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get a lifetime membership to the Green Party or pin a poster of Blair above your bed.
Similarly, you don’t have to stop wearing suits and start hugging trees in order to be welcomed into the yoga world. Yoga teaches us to be who we are and to accept each other as we come.
You must wear mala beads and drink green juice.
The fashions and trends that are enjoyed by those who practice yoga aren’t essential to the practice itself! Sipping a bottle of something green may not be your cup of tea, and that’s totally fine. Many of the yogis that I know would opt for a cappuccino over a kale juice any day!
Also, let’s face it – we all know that whatever you’re wearing to class isn’t going to magically make you a pro. All you need for that is dedication, so don’t worry too much about finding the time to go bead shopping.
All yogis are vegan.
Being a yogi and being a vegan do not have to go hand in hand! Many people who practice yoga also practice the idea of ahimsa, which essentially translates to living a life free from violence – but as with all things yogic this is open to interpretation and you should always do what feels right for you.
You can absolutely love yoga and still love a burger too….or a cheese-loaded pizza – even that second serving of ice cream is never off limits!!