Yoga is a non-competitive sport. You only have to do what you are comfortable with. You are welcomed to bring your own mat, however, we have all the equipment you need. We use mats, blocks, straps, blankets, and eye pillows. Wear comfortable layered clothing. It is best to not have a lot of food in your stomach when practicing yoga. If you must, have a light snack like yogurt or some fruit. Come a few minutes early so I can meet you and show you how to set up. Call me if you have questions.
After the first class, you will probably feel noticeably more relaxed. However, because of our busy lives this euphoric feeling will give way to our habitually stressed-out way of being. The good news is that the more we practice going back to this relaxed place, the easier it is to get back there. So, a regular practice is very important. Yoga has many physical benefits including building strength, balance, and flexibility. It tone the organs, improves circulation and elimination. Yoga improves your ability to focus your attention and gives you methods to relax your mind. As you practice, you will experience a sense of harmony, peace and well being.
Yes! Yoga is about paying attention and being in the moment. It doesn’t matter what kind of physical condition you are in. You can gain benefits from this practice. Becoming strong and flexible are wonderful by-products but our main focus is becoming more present to what is. The body is the vehicle to that end.
We usually end each class by putting our hands in a prayer position and saying ‘namaste’. ‘Namaste’ is a traditional greeting in India. ‘Nama’ means bow. ‘As’ means I and ‘te’ means you. So literally it means ‘I bow to you’. Bringing one’s hands in prayer pose in front of the heart reminds us that each person is sacred.