Myth vs. Fact: A Look at 5 Popular Yoga Claims


Myth: Yoga is only for flexible people.

Yoga helps people all over the world relax and improve muscle strength and flexibility.
Yoga helps people all over the world relax and improve muscle strength and flexibility.
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Truth:"People tell me all the time: 'I can't do yoga because I can't touch my toes,'" says Brigitte Bourdeau, a yoga instructor in New York City. "I tell them, 'Sure you can do yoga. Just bend your knees.'" The idea that you have to already be flexible in order to see any benefit from a yoga class is just plain wrong, she insists. Instructors know how to modify poses so that people of all fitness and flexibility levels can do them, and so you can watch your flexibility improve with time and regular practice.