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Practicing yoga and pranayama is integral to Ayurvedic lifestyle and treatment. However, there are many misconceptions surrounding both of them. Let’s look at the top 5 among them and find out if there’s any truth to them
It’s a common belief that yoga can only be practised by those who are very flexible and can put their legs over their heads or do headstands. In reality, yoga is for everyone. It is made up of workouts of different intensities, and anyone with any body type or level of flexibility can do it.
Many people believe that, owing to its gentle stretches, yoga is only meant for senior citizens looking for an easy workout. But, yoga has benefits for everyone - from expecting mothers to children in school to sportsmen to people living the corporate lifestyle. It helps you cope with stress, develop concentration, and balance your mind - qualities that are essential for everyone in this day and age.
Yoga has a lot of gentle elements like stretching and pranayamas, but there are several asanas that are quite intense in nature and make for a vigorous and challenging workout. They test your strength and stamina and work on a variety of muscle groups, thereby increasing your heartbeat and making you sweat!
Yoga and Ayurveda both draw their knowledge from the Vedas and hence, they are interrelated. Whenever your Ayurvedic doctor prescribes specific yoga asanas and pranayamas to you, it is related to your specific condition and in sync with your dominant dosha (vata, pitta, kapha).
Yoga and pranayamas are very beneficial for everyone, and these myths shouldn’t hold you back from practising them! To know more about the benefits of yoga and pranayama, dial 0129-4040404 or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in the Jiva Health App.
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