Myth: I’ll have to go buy fancy workout clothes for yoga.

Fact: It doesn’t matter what you wear for your yoga class or practice, as long as your clothing is made of breathable fabric, preferably cotton, and allows for easy movement. If you’re not into form-fitting yoga pants and strappy tops, wear loose-fitting cotton warm-up pants and a T-shirt. Just feel comfortable.

Myth: I can only get fit and burn calories by doing hot yoga or power yoga.

Fact: Bikram or “hot” yoga, practiced in special rooms heated to 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit, is popular, but if you have arthritis, experts recommend that you avoid it. Classes or tapes that advertise “power yoga” techniques, “yoga for your abs” or “yoga for your butt” are not appropriate for someone with arthritis or a beginner. You don’t have to go to these extreme to benefit from yoga.

Myth: I have to get fit before I can even start doing yoga.

Fact: Almost anyone, at any age and fitness level can start a yoga program – even children. Some classes and tapes show you how to do yoga poses while seated in a chair. Beginning yoga routines should be gentle and easy, and a good yoga instructor will work with you to modify certain poses to protect your joints.

Myth: Yoga is so gentle it’s impossible to hurt myself – or aggravate my arthritis – while doing it.

Fact: If you have arthritis, you should avoid poses that require you to balance on one foot or bend your joints, such as your knees, more than 90 degrees. Some yoga types, such as Kundalini or Ananda, may involve lengthy meditation or breathing sessions that could be difficult for someone with arthritis to sit through. Bottom line: Don’t do anything that hurts.

Myth: I don’t want to practice yoga – it’s a religion.

Fact: Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Certain forms may involve spiritual philosophies, but it is not a religion per se. The spiritual aspects of yoga focus on developing a better sense of your mind-body connection, learning to relax and find inner peace, or even meditating or chanting, not worshipping a deity. Some forms of yoga popular in the U.S. leave out the more spiritual or esoteric aspects and concentrate solely on the physical poses and relaxation techniques.

Myth: Yoga requires signing up for a long series of regular classes. I’m intimidated by a classroom full of experienced yoga practitioners, and it sounds expensive.

Fact: Don’t sign up for a series of yoga classes until you’ve tried one first. There are many ways to practice yoga: take one class, hire a private instructor or use a DVD, tape or book try it out at home. Do what ‘s right for you.

Myth: I can’t do yoga because I’m a man. Yoga is only for women.

Fact: According to Yoga Journal’s 2008 study, 27.8 percent of all yoga practitioners in the U.S. are men.

Myth: I’m too old for yoga.

Fact: The Yoga Journal study also found that over 40 percent of all people who practice yoga are between the ages of 35 and 55, and nearly 20 percent are 55 and older.