What is Yoga? Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “to yoke” or “to unite.” As a practice, it is a scientific system for achieving total health, mental, and spiritual well-being — a means to unite the body, mind, and spirit. In the United States, the term yoga is often used to mean the postures, or the physical part of yoga; however, these poses, or asana, are only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga.
What is Hatha yoga? A Hatha yoga class involves asanas (postures) and breathing techniques where the breath and movement are connected and practised more slowly with more static posture holds.
Is yoga a religion? Yoga is not a religion. It is a way in which you develop your body and mind and bring balance and connection with the spirit. The main goal of Yoga is to bring back balance with your true nature.Yoga brings awareness to the present moment, and emphasizes concentration, discipline, observation, service, truth and effort.
The instructor uses words in another language. What is it? The language of yoga is Sanskrit, the language of ancient India. Some teachers use it more than others. You will Begin to recognize the language over time.
What is Om? The sound of “om” is actually a-u-m—three separate tones/vibrations. It is considered to be the original sound from which all other sounds emanate. It is the sound of creation and life you hear all around you—the wind in the trees, the buzz of a bee, the hum of a car engine, the rumble of a train. In chanting om before or after practice, we are looking to create unity of breath, sound, and vibration, reminding us we are connected to each other, and the unifying power of the universe. The OM symbol represents the three states of consciousness—waking, sleeping, and dreaming–as well as the universal consciousness that underlies and connects everything.
What is Namaste? Namaste is a word of greeting. Translated directly, Namaste means “to bow” and is considered a greeting from the heart that is reciprocated in kind. Namaste recognizes light and goodness of the self and others, and honors the sacredness of all.
I am a beginner, I am not fit, how do I start? You start where you are in the body you have been given. To experience the profound benefits of yoga, you must be introspective and patient with yourself. Remember, you are practicing Yoga for you; it is your chapter, your journey, your process, your body, and your mind. Respect your limitations and listen to your body.
Do I have to be flexible to practice yoga? Or I'm really stiff, I don't think I'll be able to do all the things that those flexible people can do. What should I do? You do not need to be physically flexible to practice yoga. By practicing Yoga, we stretch,and lengthen in order to bring relief and strength to the short, tense muscles in the body. A regular practice and patience are necessary to stretch out tense and stiff muscles, over time the body will change.
Is there an age limit for practicing yoga? You can start your yoga practice at any age.
What should I wear? Wear comfortable clothing for stretching and breathing. You may want to wear a fitted top and bottoms so your clothing does not fall to your face. Plan to practice yoga with bare feet.
What if I can’t do a pose? We cannot do it all, it is ok. Yoga is a practice, we will modify when needed. Honor your body and never force yourself into an asanas (postures) you are not ready for.
How many times per week should I practice yoga? The more you practice the better the benefit. Practice daily or as often as possible. Consistency is the key, you will see improvements in your body, mind, and spirit.
When should I eat, and do I need water? Please try not to eat for at least two hours prior to a Yoga class. This is for your comfort completely. If you must eat something, try to have something light. You may bring a water bottle. One of the benefits of yoga is its detoxification of the body. Drinking lots of water will help flush the toxins out of your system, hydrate well both before and after class.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a doctor, nor do I claim to diagnose or treat any condition. I always recommend that if you have special health concerns to consult your Doctor before attending a Yoga session. I simply offer information, from my training, experiences and observations as a means to help you to clarify any doubts you may have.