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The term yoga comes from a Sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the Divine, Universal Spirit, or Cosmic Consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also called self-transcendence or enlightenment. On the physical level, yoga postures, called asanas, are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body. These postures are performed to make the spine supple and healthy and to promote blood flow to all the organs, glands, and tissues, keeping all the bodily systems healthy. On the mental level, yoga uses breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dyana) to quiet, clarify, and discipline the mind. Yoga is not a religion, but a way of living with holistic health and peace of mind as a priority.
When looking at the class schedule, you will see different levels and styles, looks for classes with a 1 in the class level and / or class styles that include the words 101, fundamentals, restorative and gentle. Mixed level 1/2 classes are also a great place to start for students without physical limitations who are ready to jump right in, mixed levels means you will have the visual reference of more advanced students around you which can be inspiring and helpful. Remember that words like power indicate more intense, challenging classes.
If you’re still unsure after reading the class descriptions, call the studio (this should be a link to our contact page) and we’ll be happy to help you select a class and make a reservation. Remember, EVERYONE was a beginner at some point.
In general – Listen to your body and always take rest whenever you need it, yoga is not a competition.
Warm-up Exercises:
The Beginning of each class focuses on conditioning your body for a safe transition into asana practice. Warm-up exercises open the shoulder muscles, the spine, the hips, the lower back, and the groin.
Standing Poses:
For alignment of the feet and the body. Standing poses open the hips, stretches the legs, add strength to your back – increasing your range of movement. Standing poses facilitate digestion, blood circulation and are good for those who want to lose weight.
Seated Postures:
Seated postures allow you to unite with the breath and prana, revitalizing you by giving you a calm and quiet feeling. These poses greatly contribute in shaping your buttocks and legs, and in adding vitality and suppleness to the spine.
Twists:
Twist exercises release the tension in your spine, relieve backaches and makes your shoulders more flexible. They also facilitate the circulation of blood and nutrients in the body making it necessary for the health of the inter-vertebral discs.
Supine and Prone Poses:
These poses release tension in your abdomen and increase the mobility of your spine. They restores strength in your back, arms and legs, and release your hips and groin.
Inverted and Balance Poses:
Inverted and balance poses defy gravity and develop coordination, increase stamina and strength, and improve grace, agility and poise. They also improve your concentration and focus.
Backbends:
Backbends are the poses that benefit the adrenal glands and the kidney. They also release tension in the front body and in your shoulders and pelvic girdle, and improve the flexibility of your spine.
Finishing Poses:
These are the cooling-down exercises for Yoga. Simple reclined twists, restorative postures, etc.
These are the cooling-down exercises for Yoga. Simple reclined twists, restorative postures, etc.
We recommend that you wear breathable, athletic clothing with some stretch that you can move comfortably in. While avoiding tops that are so loose that they would slip over your head when inverted. Trendy yoga attire is not needed!
Eating a light meal at least an hour prior to class time is a good rule of thumb, practicing on a full stomach can be uncomfortable, but conversely, having low blood sugar can cause dizziness and nasuea. Hydrating before and after any heated class is highly recommended. Water is welcomed in the classroom, and free filtered water is provided in the studio.
No, high quality rental mats are available in the studio. However, with regular practice you will find that it is more convenient, cost effective and sanitary to have your own
We also offer “skidless” yoga mat towels for rent in the studio, but the same principle as with rental mats applies;in the long run you may find it more convenient and cost effective to own you own yoga towel, and if you know you are a big time sweater, (attn., most men!) and / or wear contact lenses, having a hand towel nearby as well to wipe the sweat and keep it out of your eyes is very helpful!
Giving yourself the full class time to enjoy all of the benefits of warming up, core practice and cooling down is HIGHLY recommended, but we understand sometimes life just gets in the way. If you know you need to leave early, please always do so prior to savasana (final relaxation- usually the last 5-7 minutes of class), and do your best to roll up your mat and leave the classroom quietly to minimize disruption of this quiet time
As long as the class is not full, and you arrive within 5 minutes of class start time you will be permitted in. In order to preserve the class experience, no student who arrives more than 5 minutes late will be permitted into class. In general arriving at least 10 minutes prior to class start time to allow yourself ample time to check in at the front desk, place your belongings in the locker room and situate yourself in class, is recommended.

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