Journey to Zen:: Yoga Misconceptions

The Great Misconception

post written by: Karen Price, A Journey to Zen

The Great Misconception

I’ve been asked many times “what exactly is yoga”? Is it a cult? Is it a religion? Is it a weight loss program? Why do you do it? The questions kept coming the entire time I was studying to become an instructor. I’d like to share what I’ve learned and hopefully put a few of the misconceptions to bed for those of you who are reading this. First; the word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to yoke, join or unite. This implies joining or integrating all aspects of the individual – body with mind and mind with soul to achieve a happy, balanced and useful life, and spiritually, uniting the individual with the supreme.


The first time I read this, I knew I had to explore it more. Being raised a Christian; my entire life was dedicated to the practices and rituals of the Baptist Church. Early in my practice of Yoga, I was a little conflicted as to whether I was doing something wrong or not but each time I went to class I left feeling lifted. My spirit was going through a change along with my body. I found myself slowing down to really connect with the Creator of the Universe. I’d like to say that there is no need to be afraid of Yoga. Instead of going in with any preconceived notions, leave what you think you know at the door and instead of finding out what Yoga is you just may walk away completely surprised to find what Yoga is NOT. In the end I’d like to say that what I found on the mat is that instead of conflicting with my lifelong beliefs Yoga opens up the door of inclusion. I finally found a place where they leave the judgments and negativity outside the door.

Namaste

Yogini Karen

Enjoy Your Journeys. ~ Kristi