Yoga 101

What is basic yoga etiquette?
• You’ll enjoy class much more with an empty stomach.
• Listen to your body.  If a pose feels painful, stop.  If you have any specific problems with a pose, please let your teacher know about it.

What is Yoga?
The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means “to yoke” the spirit and physical body together.  Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines. Yoga, particularly asana (the physical practice), is a way of steadying the mind, strengthening and stretching the body and connecting to our hearts.

I’m not flexible-can I do yoga?
Yes!  Saying you’re not flexible for yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath.  Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.  This new found agility will be balanced by strength, coordination and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.  Talk to us about what class would be best for you and we’re happy to help.

What do I need?
A yoga mat (some extras will be available), a towel and a water bottle. Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing.  Wear pants or long, fitted shorts.

What does “namaste” mean?
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you.  Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

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