Do not fight your body. Do not carry the world on your shoulders like Atlas. Drop that heavy load of unnecessary baggage and you will feel better. Do not kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose. Do not look at your body like a stranger, but adopt a friendly approach toward it. Watch it, listen to it, observe its needs, its requests, and even have fun.
-Swami Karmanada Saraswati
What is yoga?
Yoga is a science that dates back some five thousand years ago. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means union, yoking, or bringing together. The practice of yoga helps create a sense of union in all aspects of ourselves, in mind, body, and spirit. Today yoga is the perfect antidote for our stressed-out, hurried lifestyles.The practice of yoga teaches us how we can calm our minds, heal our bodies, and energize our spirits.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Increased strength and endurance
- flexibility and joint range of motion
- cardiovascular efficiency
- body awareness and self-acceptance
Decreases blood pressure
- sensitivity to pain
- feelings of anxiety and depression
Improves immune system function
- sleep and digestion
- balance and dexterity
- eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills
- memory, attention, and concentration
- mood and subjective feelings of well-being
Can anyone take yoga?
Yoga is vastly adaptable and accessible to everyone regardless of age, body type or fitness level.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga itself is not a religion, but it is a spiritual endeavour that helps us connect with our innate goodness, power, and beauty and teaches us to express from that divine place.
Do I need to pre-register for class?
Most classes are taught on an ongoing basis, so you can start at any time and register at your first class. Workshops, special events and our series classes do require pre-registration.
What should I wear to class?
Please wear what is comfortable and allows you to move and stretch. All classes are done in bare feet.
What should I bring to class?
Please bring a positive attitude, open heart, and a yoga mat if you have one. Sticky mats are available to loan or purchase and blocks, blankets, bolsters, straps and eyebags are supplied.
As a first time student, what should I do?
- Don’t eat for two hours before practicing. If you must eat, eat lightly.
- Turn off cell phones and beepers as you enter the studio.
- If you are new to the studio please arrive a 10 minutes before the start of class to register.
- Talk to your instructor before class about anything that you feel affects or might limit your practice.
- Sign in on the sheet in your classroom then gather your props and get comfortable.
- Pay close attention to your breathing, moving with it, never holding it.
- Keep your eyes and throat soft and relaxed.
- Look within and focus on your actual moment-by-moment experience.
- Work with the body, not against it. Forcing and straining are counterproductive.
- Listen to your body and rest whenever you want.
- Have fun!