Yoga, Yoga benefits, Healthy Living, Healthy Lifestyle, Vidya Kripashankar


Yoga is not about touching your face to the knees or doing hand stands. It can be just sitting simply for 5 minutes to tame the racing mind too. Practicing yoga is precisely practicing your body, mind, and breath. Only a small percentage of people have realized the effects of Yoga while others resist and stay in the state of denial.

Unfamiliarity can cause hesitation to do Yoga. Mostly, it is just the fear - Fear of unknown, fear of not doing well, fear of looking silly in the class.

People come up with many excuses to avoid practicing Yoga- 

 I am not flexible and, so I cannot do yoga – It is not necessary to be flexible. In fact, Yoga helps to become flexible.

 Yoga is so slow and boring. It is not fun and challenging– Choose a right class and a right teacher. A yoga class can be intense or relaxing to suit your need.

 I do not have time and patience – It is important to give some time to take care of your health. An hour a day and 3 days a week need to be allotted to take care of your health. After all health is wealth! So, it is not about “having” time, it is about “making” time and if it matters we will make time.

 I am lazy – Practicing yoga can rejuvenate and energize you and increase your stamina. You will become very active both mentally and physically.

 I am a runner and an athlete. So, I am fit. I don’t need yoga – Even more you should do Yoga as it helps to increase your focus and concentration, to improve mind game, to improve body balance and to avoid injury.

 Everyone in my family has aches and pains, so I am also bound to get it. Yoga can’t control that – With consistent practice of Yoga, your aches and pains will disappear, and you will be transformed to be a healthier person. Pains and aches are not hereditary.

I suffer sleepless nights. But it is said that as we grow old, we tend to sleep less. My mother never used to sleep at night. Yoga cannot put me to sleep – Yoga can reduce stress, improve mental focus, and allow you to relax and fall asleep faster.

How can yoga help remove toxins from my body? – Doing asanas and pranayama to stimulate the organs to function well, can help remove toxins from our body.

Yoga is the key for a perfect balance of the physical, mental, and spiritual levels in a human. The more one practices, the better one becomes. Yoga is about committing to health through breath and movement.

 Instead of feeding ourselves with excuses that we can’t, let us give ourselves enough reasons that we can. Let go and just dive and enjoy!

Comments (14)

Srilatha Yeramati Posted on Nov 18, 2017

Good information Vidya, well said!!


Aboli Pingale Posted on Nov 03, 2017

Very true Vidya mam. Being her student I can say if you practise yoga with patience and consistency, you become more flexibile. Many benefits of yoga just come from breathing correctly. \r\nLearnt so well from you mam. Thanks

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Sangeeta Apshankar Posted on Nov 03, 2017

Well written, Vidhya. My excuse in the past has been on the lines of - I know I\'m going to be irregular, so maybe I wont start! But am so glad that I finally started.

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Veena Tankasala Posted on Nov 01, 2017

Very nice advise Vidya

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Reshma Sajnani Posted on Nov 01, 2017

Perfectly said. I am a runner and I think I need yoga the most..maybe more than anyone else. I am not flexible I need yoga. Most of the reasons here are good enough to do yoga. And yes, yoga is not about handstands and upside down poses it\'s about all off the above.

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Shoba Posted on Nov 01, 2017

Very well written Vidhya and so true...i should get back to Yoga!

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Sabeen Posted on Nov 01, 2017

This is so true. Even I have a mind block with Yoga

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Haseena Posted on Nov 01, 2017

Bang on Vidya... these myths and apprehensions that people come up with are so spot on.. I\'m sure people will understand the long term benefits of yoga through this article

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Divya Chandrasekhar-yashwanth Posted on Nov 01, 2017

Keep ‘em coming Vidhya..great article for procrastinators like me! You have really inspired me to start, I hope this helps others too.

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Ravichandran K Posted on Nov 01, 2017

Well written..Hope ppl like me learn and practice...

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Prabhu Dwarakanath Posted on Nov 01, 2017

Good insight regarding Yoga and the general myths about Yoga are addressed effectively. This article by Vidya Guruji has motivated me to start and practice Yoga.

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Jb Ragothaman Posted on Nov 01, 2017

Awesome Advice Vidhya.

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Vidya Murlidhar Posted on Nov 01, 2017

Very well said Vidhya!

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Charu Chhitwal Posted on Oct 31, 2017

well said Vidhya

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Vidhya Kripashankar

Mother of two lovely daughters, I am a certified Yoga Alliance(USA) yoga instructor. I have been teaching yoga for almost seven years. I am trained in Hatha Yoga, Vinayasa Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Prenat

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