Frequently Asked Questions
What is Yoga?
The word yoga is often interpreted as "union" or a method of discipline. The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into a collection of 195 statements that is known as the Yoga Sutra. Most people practicing yoga today are engaged in asana, one of the 8 limbs of yoga, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.
What are the benefits of yoga?
With regular practice, you will notice your body getting stronger and more flexible; you will feel more grounded and have better posture. On a mental level you will notice improved focus, the ability to stay calm and maintain relaxed breathing.
Do I need to be flexible and strong?
It is a misunderstanding that you have to be flexible or strong to do yoga. We work on many levels including the body, the breath, the mind and the spirit in every class. You will find yourself becoming more flexible and strong as you continue to practice yoga.
What should I wear in class?
Athletic clothing where the instructor can have a good idea of your body alignment, and at the same time clothes that are comfortable, fast drying and do not restrict your movement.
What about eating or drinking before class?
It is a good idea to come to class hydrated and drink plenty of water after yoga class. In most yoga traditions drinking water during class is not recommended. Try not to eat a full meal at least three hours before class.
What if I have pain or a previous injury?
It is always appropriate to talk to the instructor about any existing physical conditions and concerns you have about them. Yoga benefits many people with chronic pain by helping the body regain its balance between strength and flexibility, movement and awareness. If you are under a doctor's care for an acute situation, please be sure to discuss taking yoga classes with him or her.
What should I bring to class?
Bring water to stay hydrated, a yoga mat if you have one and a towel. We have mats available for rent if you do not have one. You may want to purchase your own mat for reasons of personal hygiene and regularity of practice.
Can pregnant women do yoga?
Yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy, but make sure to let your instructor know you are pregnant. Make sure to avoid twisting, inversions, pranayama, any abdominal strengthening pose and lying on your belly. Remember, balancing poses may get tougher as you progress in your pregnancy so use the wall or blocks to keep yourself balanced and stay in the pose longer. Make sure to drink plenty of water and take bathroom breaks whenever needed.