Q. I have never done yoga before. Is it OK for an absolute beginner to come to one of these classes?
A. Yes. Beginners are welcome. Let the teacher know. These classes consist of basic yoga poses and breathing techniques. You may be surprised at how quickly you pick up the routine.
Q. What do I have to bring?
A. You can bring a yoga mat and a small blanket or cushion if you have one. We have mats that you can use and we supply other items like blocks, blankets and straps for use during class. Most important, come with an open mind and a smile.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Sweat pants and a t-shirt work fine.
Q. What about footwear?
A. Yoga is practiced in bare feet. If you absolutely hate to go barefoot, then you can wear socks, but socks can cause you to slip in some postures. .
Q. What is Yoga?
A. The word “yoga” means union or yoke. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the goal of yoga is to still the fluctuations of the mind. In the west most yoga classes focus on teaching the physical postures called “asanas”.
Q. Is Yoga a Religion?
A. No, yoga is not a religion. Because yoga was developed in India, it stands to reason that it will be heavily influenced by Hinduism. Yoga is also influenced by Buddhism and Jainism. Yoga is a philosophy. Yoga is open to everyone regardless of religious beliefs. You may choose to allow yoga to lead you down a spiritual path or you may not.
Q. Is Yoga Just Stretching?
A. Yoga is not JUST stretching. A typical yoga class will also include postures