What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice originally reserved for the “Rishis” or saints in the Himalayas and was secretly passed from guru to disciple. Although some parts still remain secretive, yoga has become a common practice in many parts of the world. Yoga is a powerful method of self-improvement that works on three levels (body, mind, spirit). Yoga utilizes mental focus and deep breathing while performing a series of postures. The practice can sometimes appear to be a “workout” but what makes it so much richer is the remarkable internal impact of the
Can I Practice Yoga*?
Yoga is for any person who wants to improve health and challenge him or herself. As a beginner, you will be advised to take it easy and allow yourself the freedom to explore your body and discover its strengths and challenges. You will build a basic foundation to work from, as each class will provide more knowledge and self-awareness.
Soon, you will discover yoga is a way of life. And, using simple techniques, you can elevate yourself and positively affect the community around you while being relaxed, energized and more vital!
Since the aim of yoga is regenerating health and peace on all levels, competitive goal setting towards astounding flexibility or impressive feats of gymnastics is counter-productive.
*Although Yoga originated in the Himalayas, it is not exclusive to Hinduism or Buddhism and does not conflict with Christian faith. It can be enjoyed by any creed, race or gender and in any locale.
What to Expect in a Yoga Class
Class will typically begin with a series of “grounding” exercises. This may include “Pranayama” (breathing techniques), sound therapy, meditation, visualization, and gentle movement. Next, class will be guided through a series of “openers” more gentle movement specifically choreographed to slowly open areas of the body that tend to be tight or inflexible (Depending on the class level). The third section will bring heat to the body through “Asanas” or poses, focusing on flexibility, balance and strength. Taking advantage of the acquired heat, students will be guided through more asanas, mostly relaxing and restorative. Lastly, all students will get to enjoy complete relaxation in “savasana”, a guided relaxation lasting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. You will leave feeling more energized and happy with a deep sense of Contentment!