Common Yoga Myths
I.    You have to be flexible to do yoga

Someone saying that they are not flexible enough to practice yoga is as silly as them saying they are not strong enough to practice weightlifting; or they are too dirty to take a bath. If you desire to be more flexible, then yoga is exactly what you need!

II.    Yoga's only for people who are fit and thin

Yoga is noncompetitive and nonjudgmental. Yoga is about enjoying your body and using it in a way that makes you feel good while improving your wellbeing in order to live a long and healthy life. Yoga can help you to love and accept yourself as you are. People of all shapes and body types are able to increase strength and flexibility with regular practice.

III.    Men don't do yoga

Yoga was started by men and practiced exclusively by men thousands of years ago. Now, professional athletes, coaches, and personal trainers have recognized and acknowledged the physical benefits of yoga: increased strength, flexibility, balance, agility, endurance, and injury prevention. From hockey players to MMA fighters, more and more serious male athletes are incorporating yoga into their regular workouts.

IV.   Yoga is for hippies

Today's yogis come from all walks of life and traditional stereotypes no longer apply. Yoga has gained popularity amongst military veterans, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, paramedics and countless other stressful occupations for its calming aspects and relaxation techniques which help to unwind from a demanding day of work. People working in occupations that require them to work long hours in precarious positions or while wearing heavy, uncomfortable gear also enjoy yoga because it releases muscle tension and helps them to get the kinks out by realigning their body structure.

V.   Yoga is a religion

Westernized Sports Yoga is not a religion. Yoga at Namaste Hot is merely exercise for the body and relaxation for the mind. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins, which reduce pain perception and create a positive feeling in your mind and body. That feeling, sometimes called a "runner's high", can be accompanied by an optimistic and energizing outlook on life. This may explain why some people might describe yoga as a spiritual experience. Regular exercise is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression; boost self-esteem; improve sleep; strengthen the heart; increase energy; lower blood pressure; improve muscle tone and strength; build and strengthen bone; reduce body fat; and make you look fit and healthy!

VI.    Yoga is not a workout

There are many different types of yoga and classes will vary amongst instructors. Namaste Hot has members and athletes from all fitness levels. From weightlifters to marathon runners, Namaste Hot members can all agree that our classes are guaranteed to make you sweat and will work your body!
VII.    Christians shouldn't do yoga

Christians can absolutely do yoga! As Christians we practice discernment knowing that not all yoga practitioners support Christian beliefs, but as the owner of Namaste Hot, I give God the credit for our success as I firmly believe that He blessed me with this studio so that the community has a safe place to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of yoga without the extra "fluff". Christians can enjoy a great yoga workout at Namaste Hot and leave feeling refreshed and energized without compromising beliefs. I sincerely appreciate your prayers and support in providing this luxury to the Fergus Falls community!
                                                                                                            - Jenna Johnson

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