Student Information

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!

Arrival

  • Please arrive a few minutes early to allow yourself time to check-in and gather any props that may be needed for the practice. (Entering late is disruptive, but if you must be late, please take a deep breath, enter and be seated as quietly as possible. Wait to unravel your mat and gather props if the class is in meditation.)
  • Mention any pre-existing injury or special condition with your instructor at the beginning of class so she/he can assist you with variations of poses
  • Phones are prohibited except in reception area. Please remember to silence them.
  • Practice on an empty stomach. It is recommended that you do not eat at least 3 hours prior to practice. Yoga is most comfortable and effective if you empty your bladder and bowels before starting
  • Bring a small water bottle if you like.
  • Limit private conversation as it impacts the experience of serenity for others
  • Yoga mats and props will be available in-studio, but acquiring your own mat for optimum hygiene is recommended.

Practice.
“Yoga” translates from its ancient language, Sanskrit to mean “Union”.
In simple terms, it is a connection between conscious breath and body movement.

Attire/preparation

  • Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict movement.
  • Avoid jewelry and accessories.
  • Avoid heavy scents or perfumes
  • Arrive on time mentally and physically
  • Unravel your mat quietly
  • Entering late is disruptive, but if you must be late, please take a deep breath, enter and be seated as quietly as possible. Wait to unravel your mat and gather props if the class is in meditation.

If you are unsure which classes you want to attend, please ask and a time can be set for an assessment and suggestions. Private lessons are available if you feel you would be more comfortable establishing your practice with individual guidance.