Fitness Book Review: Exposing Yoga Myths

Natasha Nesic, NASM CPT
3 min readAug 6, 2020
© pexels

With all the home exercise options out there, it can be a little overwhelming. YouTube, Instagram, ZOOM classes… But what if you just want to do your own thing?

For the past few months, I started us off with the Train Like A WLF podcasts to familiarize you with — from the breath to the burn — how home workouts should really work.

But now we need to get into specifics, because otherwise, one of us is going to run into educated tangents. (Spoiler: it’s probably me.)

I want you to stock your home fitness locker with useful mental gear. And if I started you off with the breath, then I can’t not start you off here with Exposing Yoga Myths.

Yoga is one of the most popular disciplines to turn to during a time of stress. The postures are simple, direct, and would seem to be universally user-friendly.*

However, yoga is a great way to mess yourself up if you’re doing it wrong.

If you don’t have enough preexisting muscle fiber to literally keep your muscles on your skeleton, and keep your connective tissue in place, then you’re going to get hurt. You’re going to feel worse after a practice.

I would know. Why else do you think a flexy lil’ taekwondo girl would get into deadlifting? Because the wonderful loosey-goosey feeling from pure yoga stretching left my legs literally stretched out.

The same thing happens to muscles as when you stretch out a piece of fabric — it doesn’t snap right back into place. Kicking in TKD, and any martial art, require the muscles to pull themselves back into place immediately afterwards. (No one wants to be that guy whose leg gets grabbed in midair. That’s only funny on TikTok.)

Yoga without strength training can also wreak havoc on your hips and back by reducing their ability to support themselves and maintain your core integrity.

But that’s the brilliance of Exposing Yoga Myths. Within the first few pages, you’ll already reap the benefit of the combined knowledge of Melissa, Ariana, and Kim. Their experience will shortcut you the years of frustrating — not to mention embarrassing! — experiences I had with my own practice to discover how the body actually

--

--

Natasha Nesic, NASM CPT

Writing about fitness, fiction, and how to feel better about yourself on the Internet. Subscribe for a daily dose of humor and perspective!