Frequently Asked Questions
Yoga is a holistic system that promotes good health and self-realization. It originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The literal meaning of Yoga is “union” referring to the mind, body and soul. In Yoga, the practitioner is meant to go through a form of purification process by relieving tension in the body, eliminating the distractions of the mind and properly breathing in conjunction with the body. What is commonly referred to as “yoga” in the west can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses. Asana is only one of the eight so-called “limbs” or types of yoga, the majority of which are more concerned with mental and spiritual well being than physical activity. Today, however, the words asana and yoga have become almost synonymous
There is a long list of benefits from doing Yoga. Stress reduction, better circulation and digestion, increased flexibility and strength and a larger lung capacity are just a few. You will immediately feel the benefits for yourself.
Absolutely. Yoga is designed for all shapes, ages, genders and sizes. There are different levels so begin with a basic class and find your own comfort level.
Of course not. Yoga is meant to calm the body and the mind, not agitate them. Therefore, the positions are meant to lead a practitioner to health. No discomfort is intended in Yoga.
Yoga is very safe under the guidance of a qualified instructor and the use of your own common sense. You need to choose a level of difficulty that is suitable for you and your current limitations. The most important thing to do in Yoga is to listen to your own body.
There are several elements to finding the right place and class for you. You want to practice where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Also, decide what you want out of your class. Do you want a workout, something more relaxing or a nice balance between the two? Therefore, ask about the different styles of Yoga. Choose one that complements your needs.
The amount of times a practitioner does Yoga completely depends upon his or her needs. Ideally, to get quicker results, one should do Yoga two or three times a week. But, you may find a passion for it and want to do it more.
The clothing worn for Yoga depends on the taste of the individual. But, for the most part, it should be comfortable and flexible. Yoga is done barefoot and jewelry should not be worn.
No, one should never eat at least 1-2 hours before a yoga class. If your bellly is full and you are twisting and moving through postures, you might not feel good. It is best to work on an empty stomach. Also, try not to drink water during your practice because that tends to cool down the body abruptly, which is not ideal. Also, the water in your stomach will move around as you practice.