Misconceptions about Yoga
Understand the common misunderstandings about yoga practice, including the idea that it's only for the flexible or spiritual, that it's a religion, or that it's easy.
For many, the practice of yoga is restricted to Asanas (postures). However, among the Yoga Sutras, just three sutras are dedicated to asanas. Fundamentally, yoga asanas were introduced in Hatha Yoga just to prepare the body for higher levels of kundalini energy. Yoga is a spiritual practice, that starts with chakras awakening, leads to the awakening of Sushumna Nadi, and at last awakens Kundalini, without which higher awakening is not possible.
Asanas were introduced to Hatha Yoga by Adi Yogi with the idea of body strengthening and Purification, just to sustain the body when Kundalini is awakened. Kundalini, when awakened, runs a huge amount of energy throughout the body. It opens up different centers of the brain. If the body and mind failed to control that energy, then there may be some negative impact on the body, that may risk one’s life and even turn the practitioner mentally unstable.
Yoga is also commonly understood as a therapy or exercise system for health and fitness. While physical and mental health is natural consequences of yoga, the goal of yoga is far beyond that. “Yoga is about harmonizing oneself with the universe. It is the technology of aligning individual geometry with the cosmic, to achieve the highest level of perception and harmony.”
Yoga does not adhere to any particular religion, belief system, or community; it has always been approached as a spiritual practice for inner well-being. Anyone who practices yoga with involvement can reap its benefits, irrespective of one’s faith, ethnicity, or culture. Yoga is not related to any religion but it turns Hindu into more Hindu, a Christian into more Christian, a Muslim into more Muslim.