Most people practicing yoga in the United States are engaged in a physical practice of a series of poses called asanas. These poses can be standing, seated, twists, back bends, arm balances or inversions. There are many styles of yoga — none is right or wrong. In addition to postures, yoga can work on breath control, meditation, concentration and sensory withdrawal — all leading us toward liberation or enlightenment.
What are the Benefits of Yoga?
A properly sequenced class can improve flexibility and balance; help purify or stimulate the body; improve physical strength; improve sleep; teach stamina and release tension or stress. One interpretation of yoga is: “the calming of the mind stuff.
Is Yoga A Type of Fitness?
Yoga is more than physical activity. While all exercise can have a positive impact on how you look and feel, Yoga is unique because it can help you connect your mind, breath and body. Yoga also teaches us to recognize our habits, thoughts and patterns without judgment. With time and practice you will learn greater control and understanding of your body and your mind.
I’m New To Yoga, Can I Do It?
One of the best things about Yoga is that it meets you where you are now. You are never too “inflexible”, “out of shape,” or “too old” to get started. If you have health issues, you should consult your physician, but for most people yoga can improve your overall health and mood. Yoga should not hurt, but it may be challenging or humbling as you learn. Find a teacher who can offer modifications for your body. If a teacher does not know how to modify for you — find another teacher.
How Often Should I Practice?
Most yoga studios will tell you more is better (for them). And while practice does lead to mastery, the only thing the Yoga Sutras says about practice is that it should be “regular, with good intentions and a clear mind” Find the schedule or home practice that works for you. We do offer discounts for those who practice more often with us (Link to pricing
Is Yoga a Religion?
No, Yoga is not a religion. It is an ancient philosophy that began in India thousands of years ago. Yoga sometimes introduces belief systems, but it is not necessary to follow those, or any faith, in order to practice yoga. While yoga has many aspects, it is perfectly fine to start with the physical practice of yoga (asana) and then explore further what works for you
Should I Eat or Drink Before Class?
In yoga practice we twist, go upside down, and bend forward and back, so an empty stomach is best. If you have not fully digested your last meal you may be uncomfortable. If you are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during class, a light snack about 30 minutes before class is fine. Be sure to hydrate before or after class. Every body is different, find out what works best for your body.
What Should I Wear or Bring to Class?
Yoga is done on a mat in bare feet. You can bring your own mat or we can provide one. Sometimes we use blocks, blankets, straps or other props that are provided for use. Wear comfortable, light clothes for exercise. Nothing too tight that restricts movement like lifting your hands over head. Nothing too lose that obstructs the teacher’s view of the counters of your body for proper alignment. Some people like to bring towel or a water bottle.