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5 Fun Facts About Yoga for Your Skeptical Friends

Melody Beuzelin
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How many times have you heard someone say, I don’t want to go to yoga because I’m not flexible enough?
 
Or, I’m scared everyone is going to look at me weird since I don’t know the poses.
 
We ALL have people in our lives who are hesitant about trying yoga for one reason or another.
 
But that doesn’t have to be the case.
 
There are many, many compelling reasons to begin a yoga practice. I’m not even going to go into the physical/mental benefits of doing yoga, which by no means should be overlooked, but in case you were curious, you can find those here.
 

Here are five facts about yoga to help convince your skeptical or hesitant friends to try yoga:

 
 

1. Just by doing yoga, you’ll be part of a HUGE community

Did you know that more than 36 million Americans practice yoga? That’s up from 20.4 million since 2012. Let’s think about that for a minute. That’s more than the entire population of New York, Colorado and North Carolina combined. If an additional 4 million people are taking up yoga each year, that’s saying something.
 
 

2. Yoga doesn’t care if you can handstand or make yourself a pretzel

I get it. Those Instagrams of the super bendy yogis that look like they have no bones in their spine with breathtaking scenery as their backdrop might look intimidating. I’ve looked at them many times and wondered if there was a secret yogi society/private Facebook group where they collectively share uncharted coordinates of the world’s most beautiful beaches and forests to take those jaw-dropping pictures (and if that does exist, can I get in on it?!).
 
But I invite you to shift your perspective; look at all those gorgeous yoga ladies and gents and be inspired by how they choose to express themselves. They all started somewhere, mustered up the courage to go to their first yoga class feeling probably just as intimidated as you might be, and continued to work on their practice to get to that point. They didn’t wish for it, they worked for it. So can you, but you must start somewhere.
 

 

3. Yoga poses literally work magic for your body

You know those awesome stretches you do first thing when you wake up that make your body feel like a million bucks? Now imagine that feeling for an entire 60 minutes! With so many yoga disciplines to choose from, you can get whatever you’re seeking out of a yoga class.
 
There are so many styles of yoga (like Yin Yoga or Restorative Yoga, to name a few) that don’t even involve breaking a sweat, and are basically guided stretching classes that feel incredible. If working out is your thing, it’s a great way to incorporate fitness into your lifestyle, too. Regardless, it’s something good you can do for yourself instead of catching up on Netflix or writing an angry Yelp review.
 
 

4. Spoiler alert: You don’t have to actually go to a class.

I won’t offend your intelligence by laying out the fascinating, weird, powerful and sometimes scary powers of the internet. But at the same time that one right swipe can reroute your love life and a couple taps deliver food to your front door within the hour, you can try yoga out from the comfort of your own home. YouTube is a great resource for beginner flows, but with all of the variety of yoga out there, why not try a few styles out and see what you like – and, it’s free.
 
 

5. The benefits of yoga are vast

Whether you use yoga as a method to stay in shape, a way to destress and reconnect with yourself, get your strength back after an injury or even as a resource to treat depression and anxiety, yoga cultivates a healthier, stronger, and more balanced you both physically and mentally. Even if it’s just one pose or stretch a day, that’s still yoga. And, unlike finite activates like reading a book or video games which have an end goal, yoga has no limits with how far you can take it. Pretty powerful stuff, yea?
 
 
Yoga is incredibly transformative and can be a powerful tool in anyone’s life. That’s the point – yoga is for everybody, regardless of your background. Many of us have friends who, for whatever reason, are skeptical about trying yoga for the first time. Yet once you discover the practice for yourself, you understand what all the buzz is about. It’s all about taking that first step.
 
In the comments below, tell us about your personal experience with yoga – what convinced you to go to your first class?
 

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Writer and editor for yogalifestyles.com, Melody Beuzelin is also a 300-hour RYT and certified personal trainer. When she's not diving into digital content strategy or directing on set with the Yoga Lifestyles film crew, she’s determined to become a citizen of the world and disrupt the concept of "business as usual."

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