5 common yoga myths busted!

Quick, what is your first thought when you hear the word yoga? If it was "I can't do yoga..." please keep reading. Below are a few of my favorite reasons to incorporate a yoga practice into your lifestyle and why I believe you can do yoga.

1- I can't do yoga because I'm not flexible...

Ok, lets start off with the obvious one: Tight muscles. If I had a penny for every time I've heard the proclamation: "I can't do yoga because I'm not flexible!" I'd be moving into my beach house. Yes, beginning a yoga practice will make you ultra aware of how tight your muscles currently are, but that does not mean they have to stay that way forever. Each time you hit your mat, you will become a little bit more flexible in your body, all you have to do is show up and do your best. 

2- I can't do yoga because I'm too "type A"...

I like to call myself a recovering Type A so I can really speak from experience here. Don't get me wrong, many of the personality traits of a Type A person can be positive. Until they aren't. Yoga has the ability to calm the go go go, do more, be more, never sit down, aggressive side of a Type A. And it's not done by forcing this personality to sit down and meditate for hours. Rather, connecting your breath to movement, you learn to achieve big things through grace and simplicity and finally learn to do more with less. Keep the positive traits of your personality and strengthen the rest.

3- I can't do yoga because it's too hard, aka I'm not "strong" enough...

What? I thought the point of yoga was to become more flexible? Isn't that what you said in point one? Yes and no. We are all unique human beings and our bodies reflect that. The beauty of yoga is that it brings us balance in our body awareness and helps us find the flow between the two. All bodies need movement, strength and flexibility included. Plus, yoga is called a practice for a reason. It's ok to start exactly where you are. Strength builds over time and all you need to do is show up and do your best. 

4- I don't have enough energy to do yoga...

Movement in general can give you an energy boost (hello there quick walk around the block) but the connected breath+movement combination of yoga is extra powerful. If you've ever thought "I'm too tired to go to yoga" challenge yourself to carve out 15 minutes and practice. If you are still too tired, maybe you truly need a rest day. More often than not, 15 minutes will turn into 30 or more. Yoga can perk you up better than that $4 coffee sugar-bomb. 

5-I have too much on my mind to do yoga...

Try this: Sit tall, place your hands on your lap, shoulders over your hips, neck relaxed, head tall. Eyes open or closed. Pause. Take a long, deep inhale. And a long, controlled exhale. I can bet that at least half of the clutter in your mind has disappeared. Repeat. The truly important things will be there at the end of your practice, the rest you didn't need to keep thinking about anyways. Think of it as a mental spring cleaning that is available at any moment.

Here are just a few of the yoga avoidance excuses I hear most often. I'd love to hear if you still have a few more "I can't do yoga because..." and lets see if we can bust those myths together!