1. What is yoga? Yoga derives from the Sanskrit word yuj. It means to yoke or bind. It is often referred to as a "union" between breath, body, the mind and the emotions. Yogi refers to a male practitioner and yogini refers to a female practitioner. Most scholars agree that yoga is around 5,000 years old. Most contemporary forms of yoga have roots from the writings of an Indian sage named Patanjali who compiled the Yoga Sutra around 2,000 years ago. 
  2. Is yoga a religion? No, it is not. Yoga is a philosophy, science and art that comes from ancient Indian sages. The ancient sages worked experiments with their bodies to develop this mental and physical discipline.
  3. How often should I practice? We recommend getting to class 2-3 times a week if possible in order to experience optimum benefits.  However, some yoga is better that none at all.  So, even if you can only come once a week, it will be supremely beneficial. Devoting even a small amount of time to yourself this way will revive, refocus, and refuel your body. 
  4. I'm not flexible...What if I cannot touch my toes? This is all the more reason to come do yoga! 
  5. Who can practice yoga?  Yoga is for everyone. But if you are pregnant, have any injuries or have health concerns, please consult with your Doctor before beginning yoga. In addition, please notify the teacher before class so they can adapt the practice for you. In some cases, it might be better for you to take a few private sessions before you attend a group class.
  6. What do I wear and what should I bring? Wear something easy to move about in. Nothing too loose otherwise you'll be adjusting it a lot and nothing too restrictive. 
  7. What do I eat or drink BEFORE class? Try not to eat two-three hours before you practice. We twist the body and turn it upside down and bend it forward quite a lot. If you do need to nourish yourself, consider a light snack 30 minutes before hand.
  8. What should I expect DURING class?
    • GREETING: We start and end each class with the gracious Sanskrit salutation "Namaste". This means "The light and spirit in me bows in deep respect to the light and spirit in you".
    • SEQUENCES: Each class begins with a warm up and then moves on to various challenging standing poses, seated poses, and reclining poses. This is basically a full-body workout. Then finally we end with a few minutes of relaxation (SAVASANA) at the end.
      • Know the difference between pain and discomfort. Pain is NOT allowed. Discomfort is quite alright. 
      • Stop physical activity BEFORE you become ill or injured.
      • Progress at your own pace. Learn compassion for yourself and your personal evolution. 
      • Listen to your body, adjust the posture and ask for support if you need it.
      • Let your breath be your guide. Always practice with a smooth breath. If you feel overexertion or fatigue, REST.
  9. What should I expect AFTER the class? As with any physical activity, it is important to hydrate after your class and take a light meal or snack. Over the next twenty-four hours really notice your body and any soreness or even openness. Don't worry if you feel sore or are even a little tighter. Just trust the practice and keep doing it. You can break down many walls by sticking with it! If you have real pain, check with your Doctor.