MUST-READ MONDAY: MONEY, LOVE AND “RAGE YOGA” EDITION

yoga2.jpgYour Monday round-up of stuff to read, watch, consider, taste, and try from around the interwebs today, yogis.

Living the life: there’s a lovely piece on Becoming Minimalist that asks us to mindfully reframe out thinking about what things cost from money to time.

Lookit: documentary about the science of yoga. Speaking of: read this piece about the link between yoga and body satisfaction. The best free yoga videos for March.

No, I love you more: yoga and massage for couples. Also: here are four ways to hack your brain for better sex (the tl;dr: let your freak flag fly.) And, five reasons why your partner is the best yoga partner. And– hear me out– this piece makes a surprisingly good case for tracking your cycle with your partner.

This is a thing: now you can learn Sanskrit with an app called YogaLingo. Also “rage yoga” is a thing that is happening?

And who doesn’t need that? 6 relaxing yoga poses to calm your racing mind, from Finer Minds. Related to that, Purpose Fairy has a good list of 15 meditation benefits for an anxious and active mind.

Teach your yoga: Nobody can teach yoga quite like you, and that’s your super-power, mmmkay?

Show some respect: 4 women in yoga history you should know.

4 Myths About Yoga

As popular as it is, there are still plenty of myths out there about yoga. From a perceived expectation of superhuman flexibility all the way to the rumor that it’s a religion, there are plenty of myths about yoga to dispel. Here is where we’d like to start…

yogaMyth 1: You have to be super-flexible to do yoga. 

Nopenopenope. You don’t have to be anything to do yoga, and a common thing you hear in a yoga class is along the lines of: this is your practice/do what’s comfortable for your body/just notice where you’re at with your practice.

Granted, yoga can help increase flexibility in many, but very few walk in the door flexible, and not everyone is going to be highly flexible in a given yoga class, even people who have practiced for a while. It happens. Flexibility isn’t everyone’s thing. At the end of the day, yoga combines and builds strength, balance and flexibility. Most of us start with one of those leading the way.

Myth 2: There’s only one type of yoga.

This one is often hidden behind the ol’ “tried it once and I don’t like the heated room/wearing all white/how slow it was/how chill it was” line. The truth is, there any many different types of yoga, and within each type, each studio has its own style and feel, and each teacher has their own style. Vinyasa is all about breath and movement working in tandem, power yoga is about strength and cardio, hatha yoga is gentle and slower, iyengar has a focus on alignment, ashtanga is about order and sequence, kundalini is about breath and both mental and physical challenge… and so on. The key is to find the style, studio and teacher that work for you and make you feel comfortable.

Myth 3: Yoga isn’t really a workout; it’s just stretching. 

Try ashtanga or power yoga and see if you don’t get a booty whoopin.’

Myth 4: Yoga is a religion.

Yoga isn’t a religion. Some yoga classes might have spiritual elements, and yoga is largely built on the idea of being kind and compassionate to yourself and others. In fact, it’s accepting of all religions and paths.