Okay, so I lie in the video and say that this will be up the same day as the video. I’m only like… 48 hours late though, at least I’m in the same week! I promise to TRY to get these posts out a lot more, especially since they used to really help me organize my thoughts. So here’s to trying?
Without further ado, here are a number of reasons you shouldn’t be doing yoga!
I meant this in the medical sense. If you don’t know what that is, I don’t blame you. We throw that word around and never define it for you. It’s pretty much a medical condition that may limit your poses, or make certain poses a bad idea.
There are a whole long LIST of these, ranging from injuries, like knee injuries, back injuries, Carpal Tunnel, etc. To diseases, pregnancy, and old age. So on, and so forth. Pretty much anyone, and everyone probably, suffers from a contradiction. Mine is that I have bad hips, so I can’t do Half-Moon Pose.
Even low blood pressure and eye injuries have contradictions. We generally suggest you avoid any and ALL inversions. Yes, even Downward Facing Dog.
While these may not limit ALL yoga poses, with the exception of things like paralysis, you may find that you feel so limited that it just isn’t worth it.
If you are paralyzed, or have a lot of issues with a lot of poses, keep in mind there are other aspects of yoga you can still enjoy, like meditation and lifestyle.
2. You only want to be flexible
If this is your sole reason for doing yoga, you’re probably going to hurt yourself OR be in for a rude awakening.
While flexibility is part of yoga, it isn’t the only reason to practice. In fact, it’s not even the biggest reason. It’s at least on par with strengthening. Yoga is also wonderful for healing injuries, increasing mobility in old age, and has a crazy amount of mental and emotional benefits. You might as well commit to all of them!
3. You want to show off
Wow, you’re already good at that pose, cool. Not. No one in a class is likely paying attention to you, and if you’re trying to attract attention, you’re disrupting the class! Showing off isn’t cool anywhere, except for dog shows and the Olympics.
Going to a yoga class is also supposed to harbor a non-competitive and non-judgement community. By going to show off, you’re going against these ideals.
You also are likely not reaping the benefits you could be from pushing yourself in more advances classes, or by going deeper in the pose, OR even focusing more inward on your mind and balance.
The students are there to listen to the instructor, not watch you show off.
4. To hit on/check out people
There’s a really common joke that men like to go to yoga classes to check out women. Luckily, it appears that joke is going out of style.
But there are still people who talk about that kind of stuff. It’s not cool. Don’t do it. If you think you can be lazy and ogle people, you’re not just going to get your butt kicked by yoga, but also get your butt kicked OUT of class!
By doing this, you’re violating a trust and disrupting a safe space that has been created for people who want to be there for yoga, community, whatever. You’re essentially preying on people’s vulnerability.
Plus it’s totally non-consensual. I can assure you that no one wants you to be staring at their butt, unless they’re there to show off, which is also a bad reason to be there.
Note: If you are there for yoga and really hit it off with someone, ask them out! There’s nothing wrong with it. If you’re scared of seeming creepy, just remember it’s best to do it in public, so maybe while you’re all rolling up your mats after class, or walking to your car. Also, accept “no” as an answer. Rejections happen.
5. You just don’t want to
Yes, I believe you can not do yoga because you just don’t want to. You could be the coolest, least creepy, non-show off, totally perfect health, and still not want to do yoga.
If it’s not for you, it’s not for you! I’m a pretty firm believer that there’s a type of yoga out there that just about anyone can enjoy, but you’ve clearly got better things to do!