Yoga and FAQ

WHAT IT YOGA?

Yoga comes from the sanskrit word “yuj” meaning to “unite or integrate.”  In part, yoga is the science of linking the body to mind and breath.  It uses tools such as breath work, meditation, and physical movement to unite and harmonize the mind, body, and spirit for overall wellness.  

               

WHY DO YOGA FOR ANXIETY & STRESS?

Studies have supported stress and anxiety can contribute to mental and physical health conditions.  In a world that is fast paced, chaotic, and full of external stimuli that could hamper overall wellness it is beneficial to implement daily practices that help to relax the nervous system. 

 

Engaging in practices that counter stress can bring balance to the mind and body.  Yoga is aimed at calming the nervous system through pranayama (breath work), asana (physical postures), and dhyana (meditation). Each of my sessions/classes are themed for a closer look at mindful living in a way that is clear and relateable to daily living. 

WHO IS YOGA FOR?

Someone who is interested in:

  • a more focused mind

  • a calmer, more peaceful disposition

  • less stress

  • increased joy

  • improved physical health

  • improved mental health

  • sustained energy

  • reduced anxiety

  • increased intuition

  • restful sleep

  • overall wellness

 

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?

Students could experience these physiological benefits from the yoga:

 

  • Calming the nervous system

  • Improved digestion

  • Improved sleep

  • Alleviation of muscle tension

  • Improved brain function

  • Improved immunity function

  • Cultivation of breath

 

And psychological benefits:

  • Improved mood

  • Reduced anxiety and stress

  • Experience feelings of peace

  • Mental clarity

 

CAN SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER DONE YOGA TAKE YOUR CLASS OR A PRIVATE LESSON?

Yes, most of my group classes are geared for all level students.  That includes individuals who have never taken a yoga class and don’t know or understand yoga. Starting with some private yoga sessions is a great way to learn the foundations of a yoga practice. 

 

 

 

WHAT IF I'M NOT FLEXIBLE?

Yoga does not require students to be flexible.  In fact, it is through a regular yoga practice that the body can become more limber and agile.  There are no requirements or predispositions to practicing yoga other than the will to want to practice.

WHAT IF I'VE NEVER MEDITATED OR DON'T MEDITATE?

Meditation which is an aspect of yoga is something that is meant to be practiced and not something we strive to master.  I suggest detaching from the idea of mastery all together when referencing yoga.  Each practice will be unique and a new experience with no goal in mind, just an opportunity to be present and explore.  So, there are no requirements for a deep meditation practice or any background of meditation to practice yoga. 

 

WHAT IF I'M SCARED OR EMBARRASED TO TAKE A YOGA CLASS?

The beautiful thing about yoga is that it is a practice that encourages patience, acceptance and non-judgment.  Yoga does not ask the student to be anything other than who they are today in this moment.  With that being said, there are no expectations for how you should be, look, or perform.  Every day is a new day and every practice is a new practice.  When we show up on our mat it is an opportunity to connect with ourselves.  When we can authentically do that there is no reason to be scared or embarrassed.  Our intention is no longer to prove something from our practice but to take something from the practice.   

 

WHAT DO I WEAR?

I would recommend wearing lose or stretchy clothing, clothing that is breathable and easy to move in.  Yoga is practiced barefoot, so there are no special shoes required. 

 

DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR PROPS?

I would suggest purchasing a yoga mat. You can find them just about anywhere and at all different price points, usually ranging from $7 - $130. Nothing fancy is required to practice. 

 

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