Here are some of the most common myths about yoga and facts to dispel these myths.

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Myth #1: Yoga іѕ not much of a workout.

Fact: Yoga uses the weight of your body for strength training. It is as effective as other forms of workout, though you may not always break a sweat.

Myth #2: Yoga is for lazy people because it is so slow.

Fact: Speed does not necessarily equal a better workout and it can often lead to injury.

The slow and steady movements are low-impact which means they are safe for just about everyone.

In the same way that some weightlifters use slow lifting to work deeper into the muscle, yoga can build long, lean muscle more easily.

Myth #3 –You don’t burn a lot of calories with yoga.

Fact: Any movement of the body will burn calories. It is just a question of the rate of burn.

Depending on the length of the yoga session and type of yoga, for instance, Hatha versus Bikram or ashtanga, you can burn anywhere from 500 to 1300 calories in one 90 minute session.

Myth #4- Yoga can’t help me meet my weight loss goals.

Fact: This myth is based on the 2 previous myths. The truth is that yoga helps you lose weight and then maintain it in a number of ways.

Any exercise is good for you and helps your body burn calories. Lean muscle speeds up the metabolism and burns more calories than fat.

Myth #5- Yoga іѕ just for Women

Fact: Yoga is for everyone, young or old, male as well as female.

While it is true that a lot of women do yoga, it often has to do with the fact that is such an efficient workout and does not need a lot of fancy equipment or hours in the gym to show real results.

Myth #6-Yoga is only for skinny young people.

Fact: Not true! It is great for people of all ages. And in fact, it is ideal for seniors, offering a safe, sensible workout they can do at home any time.

If you’ve been thinking about trying yoga, be sure you get the facts before you let mistaken notions keep you from improving your mind, body, and spirit with regular yoga practice.