The word yoga means union or to yoke. Many practitioners view it as a way to link the mind, body, and spirit in a cohesive practice. It also has to do with slowing down the noise of our minds so that we can calmly live without fear, anxiety, anger, and other negativity. As these cease, we begin to see the people we love differently. We become more present. We smile and laugh more spontaneously. We concentrate better, work better, live better, and generally have more fun!
Hatha yoga is the physical stretching and strengthening. The postures are called asana. We do the postures not to look cool or even to really get stronger, but rather to challenge the breath and prepare the mind for meditation. Less stress, happier attitudes, better relationships, kinder outlooks, lower blood pressure, stronger bodies, longer life, better decision making, stronger character, more compassion, and other benefits are reported but none of these alone is yoga.
There are about as many styles of yoga as there are yoga teachers. We welcome all and in time hope to add teachers who have different thoughts and styles. Most modern yoga comes from the work of Krishnamacharia in the early 1900’s. There are also others. Our view is that all schools have something to share. We approach it all without preconception. We are all beginners.Come and learn with us.
We believe yoga works for everyone no matter what their level of health, age, fitness level, or history.
Better health and a calmer mind. You may find that difficult decisions are easier to make. You may find that your relationships become easier and more fruitful.
Take it slow, and tell us. Let us help you modify. Above all, if it hurts, don’t do it. Take care of yourself.
You may. Yoga will bring you closer to your natural state. Some actually increase body weight with the addition of muscle. You will develop better core strength. You will become more comfortable with your body and more comfortable making choices which help your body like eating better, drinking less, or getting more sleep.
Depending on the teacher, you may find it more or less difficult. This is not aerobics. Rest when you want, anytime.
No, a common misconception is that you have to be bendy or strong to do yoga. Many of us come to the mat inflexible, overweight, or with bad habits…come as you are.
No, all religions and none can practice yoga. Many find that the practice of yoga furthers their spiritual life and may help them have a deeper religious experience.
Yes, we hear this question a frequently. Yoga is for everyone.
Namaste is used as a greeting or a farewell. Generally it means that the “spirit in me acknowledges and bows to the spirit in you.”
Om is referred to as the universal sound of creation. Scientists hear something that sounds like this in the radio telescopes pointed into deep space. The Christian word Amen is thought to have its roots in the sound of Om. We say Om three times to connect with that universal formless energy. If you want to sit still and remain quiet, you will not offend. Be at home here.
Savasana is the final resting pose. Here your body, mind and spirit absorbs the work you put in during class. Here is where the integration of your intention and your physical exertion join. If you need to leave early, please take a few minutes to rest and then leavebefore the rest of the class begins their relaxation.