“We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.” ― Dalai Lama
What is yoga?
A common translation of word yoga is union, or joining together of different forces. According to some ancient yoga scriptures, the final goal of yoga is to steady the mind. Much like the Yin Yang theory, yoga tries to find the place where everything meets, not separated or divided. Long ago, sages of India discovered that using our body, breath and mind in a particular way can bring us to a state of harmony and balance. Yoga can be a powerful tool for healing and prevention of disease. It develops strength and flexibility of the body and mind, while cultivating a state of calm and peace. Ultimately, leading to a deeper connection with the self.
How should I prepare for class?
Wear something comfortable that will enable you to move freely. We recommend clothing that is light and breathable. If you own a yoga mat, you may bring it to class, and any other props you may like to use. However, we do have a supply of mats, blocks and straps for your use during all classes. It is common for people to bring a small towel, as most of us will sweat. Also, bring a water bottle for proper hydration before and after class. Avoid eating 2-3 hours before class. Juice, fruit or a health bar are OK. Practicing on an empty stomach will help to avoid discomfort and distraction.
What can I expect from the first class?
Experiences often vary from person to person. However, you can expect to move (and begin to open) different parts of your body, breath deeper and explore new places within yourself. Remember that an open mind and a sense of humor are essential if one wants to experience the joy of yoga. Don’t hesitate to avoid doing something that doesn’t feel right for your body. It’s encouraged to rest whenever you feel you need a break or if something is too much. Always be true to yourself, no matter what.
Do I have to be flexible?
No. In yoga we should start wherever we are and work at our own pace. It is not necessary to be able to touch your toes or wrap your leg around your head. In fact, being stiff may be good because it keeps you safe and humble. Alternatives and modifications for each posture can be given.
What if I have a pre-existing injury or if I am recovering from a previous injury/illness?
Please inform the teacher of any injuries or physical conditions you have in advance. It is our job to keep you safe! You will be receiving specific instructions and variations. Yoga has the potential to heal if practiced correctly. If you do experience pain during class, stop what you’re doing and let the teacher know.
How do I get started if I am completely new to yoga?
Please check the schedule for intro or beginner yoga classes. Although, all are welcome to come and try any class as they wish. We also offer private one-on-one sessions, where you can be introduced to yoga and get personal guidance. This gives you the opportunity to get to know the fundamentals of the poses and other aspects of the practice. Always feel free to express any questions and concerns to the teacher, whether it be a group or private class.
When should I arrive to class and do I need to make a reservation?
New students should arrive 10-15 minutes before class so that they can sign in and fill out a new student form. Others should arrive at least 5 minutes before class. Please sign up before arriving to class so we can avoid over booking.
What are the benefits of yoga?
A more balanced state of mind and body, a light feeling, higher awareness, improved concentration, and a continuous sense of joy. Also improves flexibility and muscle joint mobility, strengthens the muscles, corrects posture, good for the back, improves muscular-skeletal conditions such as bad knees, tight shoulders and neck and scoliosis, stimulates the glands of the endocrine system, improves digestion and elimination, increases circulation, improves heart conditions, improves breathing disorders, boosts immune system, decreases cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and encourages weight loss.
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