What is Yoga?
The word yoga means to yoke or join. Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga can lead to a sense of peace and well-being and also a feeling of being at one with the environment.
In the practice of Yoga the ultimate aim is one of self-development and self-realization.
The physical practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible; it also improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind.
Think of this practice as being the means and tools to realign and rebalance your body on a regular basis. You take control and you can then become your body's mechanic! Because your body is finely tuned you will find that your chances for injuries and illnesses will drop as you are in a much more attuned state. Prevention and care is by far the best medicine there is. It all comes down to balance.
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Is yoga a religion? No, it's a philosophy. The physical and psychological benefits of yoga are real and don't discriminate on the bases of race, religion, gender or any other way people categorize themselves.
What if I've had an injury or recent surgery? Depending on how serious it is, you may want to consult with your physician before starting yoga or any exercise program. Tell your yoga teacher about your condition so he/she can suggest ways you can adapt the yoga poses to your abilities.
Can yoga help women through pregnancy and delivery? Yoga is a great way to keep fit during pregnancy. Even if they have never done yoga before, pregnant women find that practicing the simplest poses improves their fitness and well-being, while the relaxation and breathing techniques help them to handle the whole process, from pregnancy to birth and afterward, with greater assurance and calm. In particular, yoga contributes to an easier pregnancy and delivery by strengthening the pelvic area and easing back strain.
How often should I go to a yoga class? Ideally, at least two to three times per week. Some people make progress by coming once a week, and many people get so motivated by yoga they come nearly every day. It depends on the individual and his or her needs.
What should I wear or bring to class? Wear anything that is comfortable that allows you to move and stretch. Many people find that shorts or loose-fitting pants and a t-shirt work fine. Some wear leotards or tights. Yoga classes are done in bare feet or with socks on, so you'll be removing your shoes before class begins. Try not to eat for at least 1 hour prior to class. It is much easier to do the postures on an empty stomach and you will feel better afterwards. Do I need to use a special yoga mat? We urge our students to use yoga mats so they'll have more stability when doing the various postures. We have complimentary mats, but bringing your own mat is highly encouraged.
Must I pre-register before coming to class? No, just come to our studio about 10 minutes before class starts and write your name on the class sign-in sheet. If it's your first time, you'll need to complete an application/waiver form before attending class.