This is the kind of total BS “information” about yoga’s usefulness that has turned me off to yoga over the past decade, leading me to move further and further from any kind of traditional practice, both personally and professionally.
Contrary to popular belief and most social media posts about yoga, it is NOT the panacea for everything!
Breathing better, moving better and moving more are all very good things that undeniably make us feel better. But, unfortunately, breathing and movement are not always taught correctly in yoga (most yoga teacher training courses lack adequate anatomy and biomechanics training, especially breathing biomechanics, so the majority of “certified” yoga teachers are woefully unqualified to be telling you how to move your body and definitely how those movements will impact your health). Only when taught responsibly and practiced well, can yoga definitely be good for you.
All of that said, let’s get back to this ridiculous graphic:
Does doing cat/cow, plank, downward dog, child’s pose, etc. actually detox you and boost your thyroid health? Seriously?? Uh…no. Not at all. Never. And anyone who makes those claims is, at best, an idiot, and, at worst, someone intentionally preying on vulnerable, desperate people to get them to believe they are some sort of guru.
Yoga can be good for you. Weight lifting can be good for you. Running can be good for you. Walking can be good for you. They aren’t magical cures for specific illnesses, but, when done responsibly and consistently, can lead to significant health & wellness benefits on individual levels—determined by individual goals and practices.
Enough with the yoga magic bullet bull$hit, please.
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