What is yoga?
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word Yuj, means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” What does Hatha mean?
The word Hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely. Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. It brings a union to create balance in our physical bodies. We learn to develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose which helps us to be more present at each moment.
How many times per week should I practice yoga?
Twice a week, for at least an hour, would be great! However, if you can only do 20 minutes per session, that is perfectly okay. Don’t let time constraints become a reason to not practice yoga—do what you can! You will notice a difference in your body & will make time to practicing more and more each day.
How is yoga different from other kinds of fitness?
Yoga is different because we connect the movement of the body with the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to focus our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we become more aware of our experience. Our practice becomes a practice of mental and physical awareness. Yoga is a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will become more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. It is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga. I am a Christian and I practice Yoga.
Can I do yoga if I am not flexible?
You do not have to be flexible to join a class. Come as you are; you will be pleasantly surprised by the things you will learn. If you have tight muscles, yoga is exactly what you need to loosen & add flexibility as well as strength to those muscles.
What do I need to practice yoga?
You need to wear comfortable form-fitting clothing that allows for a free range of movement; a pair of sweat pants, leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that’s not too baggy. Shoes are not required because yoga is practiced barefoot. You may want to bring a towel and a bottle of water to class with you. Yoga mats are provided but as your practice develops you may want to invest in your own yoga mat.
Can I eat before I come to class?
It is best to refrain from eating at least two hours before a class because 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 your practice feel uncomfortable. If you do decide to eat, eat a light snack about 30 minutes to an hour before class.
What does “namasté” mean?
(nah-mas-tay) My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united; we are the same; we are one.