There are many myths and misconceptions about yoga.
Some common examples are:
Yoga is complicated:
Many yoga poses (asanas) look complicated and hard to do for some people and they might think yoga is too hard for them. There are beginner classes for people who are new to yoga and there is something for everyone. You may be worried about how long you are able to hold a pose for, but yoga is not meant to be a competitive sport and it is not a race or skills competition. Do not worry about perfection!
Only people with certain body types do yoga:
Many people think that yoga is only for people of a certain physique. People of all shapes and sizes do yoga. The benefits of yoga apply to all body types. Different types of yoga are available for people at different levels and who want less or more intense exercise. Yoga can help with weight loss and is part of a healthier lifestyle (both physically and mentally).
Yoga is an easy form of exercise:
Maybe your instructor makes the asanas look easy or you watch a lot of YouTube yoga channels, but you should start yoga slowly and with care. Don’t try complicated poses all at once and try poses without the guidance of an experienced instructor. If for example, you suffer from chronic pain or are recovering from surgery or an injury, you need to be careful when it comes to the type of yoga and the poses you try. Have your instructor guide you through the pose and make sure your posture and alignment are correct so you do not injure yourself/exacerbate pain.