A. Yoga can increase circulation, strength and flexibility ADHD, depression and a multitude of health related issues. Yoga helps with stress and concentration.
Q. Can my kids benefit from yoga classes?
A. Yes, yoga has been integrated into school all over the world and is fast becoming as popular as with yoga for adults.
Q. What is Yoga?
A. Yoga is the practice of linking physical poses or postures also know as the sanskrit word (asanas) with your breath.and awareness. In bringing these three elements together, you reduce stress, you feel more vitality, and you gain real strength and flexibility.
Q. I'm not flexible I have health conditions, - Can I do yoga?
A. It is always recommended that you seek the advice of a physician before you do this or any exercise.The fact is you won't get more flexible by doing nothing.Yoga has been proven to increase flexibility and range of motion even on the stiffest of bodies. It's important to note to begin slowly. An "introduction to yoga" class is a great start. Know your limitations. If you feel you are unable to perform a pose the best advice is to refrain and listen to your body. It is a good idea to let the instructor know if you have physical limitations before class.
Q. I have BACK INJURIES and other body problems. What do you suggest?
A. The therapeutic benefits of yoga for orthopedic ailments are well documented. Consult with your physician if or she feels you would benefit from a yoga practice - and then call me. People practice yoga with scoliosis, post back surgeries, and a host of other physical ailments.
Q. Im in my 60's, isn't it really too late to do something like this?
A. No! Yoga can be practiced all the way until the last breath of life. Some yoga teachers have been know to practice well into their 80's and 90's. Genetics play a role in one's abilities however the saying still applies "use it or lose it".
Q. Do I have to chant? Will practicing yoga conflict with my religion?
A. No, you do not have to chant. Sometimes at the end of class the word "OM" is said together. At the end of class "NAMASTE" may be stated as a group. This loosely means "the spirit in me acknowledges the spirit in you as the same". Now, while the roots of yoga are in a spiritual practice, it is NOT a religion, nor are you asked to believe anything. The ASANAS or poses we practice are physical postures designed to calm the mind and prepare it for meditation. People practice yoga for different reasons - some for the physical benefit, some for the effects it has o their mood. Yoga is a "practice" and not a "religion".
Q. Is there a class specifically for beginners?
A. Yes, there are all levels of classes ranging from yoga for the very beginner to advanced classes.
Q. What should I wear to a yoga class?
A. You can wear comfortable clothing that has the ability to stretch. It's best to refrain from wearing perfumes and scented lotions because of the meditation process during yoga. Practice with the breath.
Q. What should I bring?
A. You should invest in a yoga mat, if you will be participating in modifications blocks are also available. If you don't have blocks any prop will do a kid's lunchbox or a stool will suffice.
Q. Should I eat before coming to class?
A. It is recommended that you eat a light snack one hour before class or a meal 2-3 hours before your class. Also, it is not a good idea to be starving before a class. Your body needs fuel but digestion should not be a focus.
Q. What happens during the class?
A. During the class the teacher will give a set of commands descriptive commands which will prompt you to follow a sequence of postures. Some instructors will play the appropriate music for the class sequence. Breathing directions as well as silence and pauses will transpire. Some instructors will assist in alignment.Each instructor will use their own style and these styles and types of yoga vary among instructors. Some instructors will have learned their craft in Vinyasa flow or Hatha yoga" These will vary among instructors.
Q. What happens at the end of class?
A. At the end of class, there will normally be a resting or restorative pose. The yoga instructor will
ask the class to lie in a resting position any where from a few to 10 minutes. This is considered the
pose that will allow the body to receive all the work it's done for the time of the class. It is tradition for the instructor to end class with a set intention or words of encouragement before students leave their mats. The practice usually ends with a bow of "namaste" which is translated as I bow to you. or "OM" which is considered the sound of the universe.
Q. How would I know if private one-on-one yoga sessions are right for me?
A. Private sessions are right for you if you're just getting started with yoga, if your physician has referred you to a yoga specialist, if you have previous injuries or recovering from an illness, if you're pregnant and would like to learn asana (pose) modifications or if you're looking to increase your practice and need help by a professional.