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

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Myth: Yoga requires a complete lifestyle change.

You don't have to change your day-to-day activities to reap the benefits of yoga.
You don't have to change your day-to-day activities to reap the benefits of yoga.
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Truth: Yoga can be anything you want it to be, from a once-a-week fitness class at the gym to a 24/7 philosophy of how to live your life. Devotees of some yoga branches, like Integral Yoga, do believe that the poses you do on the mat are only a small part of what yoga really is -- and that ethics, service to others, religion, and meditation are all big parts, as well. But no yoga studio is going to tell you that you must become a vegan, stop drinking alcohol, and sacrifice your material belongings, says Rodefer. "I think most tofu is yucky. I like junk food on occasion. I enjoy a good glass of wine. And I have a bit of an obsession with clothing -- yoga clothing in particular," she wrote in a blog post on Yoga Journal's website. "Is it wrong? Maybe. But my practice makes me more mindful of how I live in this world." [Source: Rodefer]


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