New to Yoga?
Here are some common questions you might be asking yourself!
WHY SHOULD I DO YOGA?
Yoga has tons of benefits and it’s for absolutely everyone. Yoga builds strength and improves balance and flexibility. It also makes us more aware of our breath, which ultimately helps to relax and calm the body and mind. People who practice regularly often notice that they are happier, have more energy, and are more capable of managing the stresses of everyday life.
WHAT IF I'M NOT FLEXIBLE ENOUGH FOR YOGA?
This is probably one of the most common questions people ask about yoga, and the answer is that flexibility is definitely not a prerequisite for yoga! As you practice over time, you will gain flexibility and strength. You can also use lots of props to help you get into the shapes of each pose. Remember, yoga is much more then touching your toes…it’s what you learn on the way down!
CAN I PRACTICE YOGA IF I AM LIVING IN A BIGGER BODY OR HAVE A SEDENTARY LIFEYSTYLE?
Yes, you can practice yoga at any weight, size and fitness level. You can adjust poses and positions to accommodate your body type and shape. If you are new to yoga, seek some lower-key yoga classes such as a beginner class or gentle yoga. Be sure to check with your health provider before starting yoga or any exercise program.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN INJURY?
If you have an injury please be sure to check with your health care provider before you begin yoga. If you get the go ahead from your health care provider, please take their advice on what you should or should not do. Listen to your body throughout the practice by using props to assist you, or by opting out of certain poses that might not serve you at this time.
WHAT ARE PROPS & WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR?
Props are items such as a bolsters (big firm pillow), blocks, straps, and blankets that are used during a yoga class to assist with balance, stretching, support and posture.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR & BRING?
Wear anything you feel comfortable in that will allow you to have a full range of motion.
Leggings, a tank top layered with a tee-shirt and/or sweatshirt are all great options. It’s good to dress in layers so you can remove or add clothing as you move throughout your class.
You'll need a yoga mat and it’s always nice to have a blanket to use as a prop and to cover up in at the end of class during your resting pose (savasana). We have a filtered water cooler available at the studio so bring your own bottle and drink away.
CAN I EAT BEFORE PRACTICE?
It is best to wait at least a few hours after eating a full meal before practicing yoga, but a small snack before your class should be fine….just don’t go for the jiggs dinner before hitting the mat.
HOW MANY TIMES PER WEEK SHOULD I PRACTICE TO SEE ANY BENEFIT?
Honestly, just get started! You’ll probably see a difference in yourself in just doing it once a week. As you practice more, you may want to start doing more classes, but start slow and give your body a chance to adapt. Remember, doing something is better than doing nothing!
WHAT IS HATHA YOGA ANYWAY?
“Ha” means Sun and “tha” means Moon. The practice of Hatha yoga aims to join or balance these two energies. A yoga class described as “Hatha” will typically involve a set of physical postures and breathing techniques. These exercises are designed to have a beneficial effect on posture, flexibility and strength.