Q. I am a complete beginner, can I come to your class ?
Yes you can ,most of our students started as complete beginners and you will be welcomed into a friendly relaxed environment and made to feel at ease from the first session .
The classes are designed to be accessible to complete beginners as well as more advanced students , we do this by having modifications for all the postures that we practice so that you can gradually get deeper into the postures as you get stronger and more flexible over time . During the class if you find certain postures challenging you can take a rest and join in again when you feel recharged , the key is to take it easy for the first few classes and let your body get used to the positions.
Q. I am recovering from an injury, can I do Yoga ?
Again there are modifications for each posture so there is no reason why you cant do yoga while recovering from an injury as long as you take it easy and listen to your body . Yoga postures help increase the blood flow into ligaments , joints and tendons and can aid in the recovery from injuries.
We will talk to you before the class and give you some modifications for your particular injury , If we feel that your injury is too serious to join the class we will let you know .
Q. I’m Not Flexible—Can I Do Yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but with the style of Yoga we teach , you can begin by gently stretching the body and over the weeks and months you will be surprised how flexible you can become !! Not only will you be flexible , you will be stronger , better balance , better cardiovascular health , physical confidence and a sense of well being .
Q. How many times a week should I practice ?
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one session a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour and a half each time. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after awhile your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.
Q. How Is Yoga Different From Stretching or Other Kinds of Fitness?
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali’s eight limbs of Yoga explains how the physical practice is just one aspect of yoga. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.
Q. Is Yoga a Religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be confused with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga yoga) is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.
It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.
Q. What Do I Need to Begin?
All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiousity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of lightweight jogging bottoms, leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that’s not too baggy. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot or socks if you like.bring a towel and water to class with you. As your practice develops you might want to buy your own yoga mat, but we have mats and other props available for you.
Q. Why Are You Supposed to Refrain From Eating Two to Three Hours Before Class?
In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.
Q. What happens if I start laughing during a class ?
You will be shot !! seriously though , if you burst out laughing during a posture that’s fine , let it go !! we need to enjoy our practice and if you feel the need to laugh out loud then go for it , it feels great . As you get deeper into your practice you might find that you release tensions within the body , this is perfectly normal and can come out as laughter or even tears during a posture . After class though you should feel ready to take on the world , it feels fantastic !!
Q. Can I bring my son or daughter to class ?
Yes you can but as the classes are an hour and a half long ,this can be a long time for a child to concentrate for .Saying that my niece who is 12 comes along each week and loves it !! children also need to be accompanied by an adult during class.
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