NEW TO YOGA/FAQ

If you are new to yoga--welcome! We love beginners!

 

What can I expect in a yoga class?

Classes begin with a few minutes of grounding, which may include breathing techniques, meditation, or conscious relaxation.  After grounding, you will be guided through different poses, and the instructor may provide gentle hands-on adjustments.  You will be encouraged to cultivate mindfulness and non-judgment throughout the class.  All classes end with a few minutes of Savasana, which is an important part of the practice.  In Savasana, you will be encouraged to lie on your back, with arms and legs relaxed and eyes closed.  This allows the body and nervous system to experience deep relaxation and integrate the benefits of the practice.

 

If I’m not flexible, can I still do yoga?

Yes, you can!  We believe in making yoga accessible to everybody, regardless of flexibility, age, or fitness level.  We believe that any “body” can benefit from yoga.

 

Why should I do yoga or practice mindfulness?

Here are some of the scientific benefits associated with yoga and mindfulness practice:

  • Yoga and mindful breathing increase positive emotions and self-compassion and reduce the stress hormone cortisol.   They also reduce anxiety and depression by balancing the autonomic nervous system.

  • Studies have shown that cross-lateral movements in yoga increase left- and right-brain integration, which improves learning and understanding.

  • Yoga improves mood, sleep, and attention.  It increases brain waves in areas key to self-control, such as the prefrontal cortex, the “thinking” part of the brain that helps us think clearly and calmly. 

  • Studies have shown that both yoga and mindfulness reduce stress and improve resilience.

  • Mindfulness reduces rumination, improves working memory, increases the ability to focus, and reduces emotional reactivity.

  • Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve conditions such as high blood pressure, chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, addiction, arthritis, and many others.

  • Most importantly, yoga and mindfulness can increase feelings of happiness and overall well-being.

For a more comprehensive list of the benefits of yoga, please click here

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What does yoga mean?

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “union”, referring to the union of the individual consciousness with the Universal Consciousness (or the union of body and mind to create well-being). Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline which originated in India, it is believed, around 5000 years ago.  The ultimate goal of yoga is liberation--to be free from suffering.  However, yoga at our studio is taught as a secular practice that can be done by individuals of any set of beliefs.

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