WHAT IS YOGA?
It is usually defined as Union. The term yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "yug" which means to yoke or bind together. Yoga is Enlightenment. Yoga is the experience of bliss that lies beyond the veil of thought. A comprehensive yoga practice uses the mind (meditation), the body (posture or asana), and the spirit (Bhakti) to shed the layers that stand between us and our Hearts - where knowledge and truth transform into wisdom and happiness. We don't do yoga. Yoga is the goal. We do practices that may lead to yoga.
WHY DO WE CHANT?
Anytime we want to be inspired, whether we are at a sporting event, religious services, a rock concert, or need to clean our house, some type of singing is involved. The singing helps us to transcend the mundane and tap into our vibrating nature.
I CAN'T TOUCH MY TOES!!!
Not a requirement. Your mind must be flexible before your body is! Don't worry, you'll get there we promise.
CAN I EAT BEFORE CLASS?
A full stomach can make class unnecessarily uncomfortable. We recommend refraining from food at least 2 hours before class.
Non-Harming.Speaking the Truth.Non-Stealing.Honoring Creative Life ForceGreedlessnessCleanlinessContentmentHard WorkStudy of the SelfOffer the Fruits of your actions to Love
HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK SHOULD I TAKE CLASS?
If you practice daily, a few times a day, you quickly get over all the soreness and fatigue that lingers with a casual practice. The the sky is the limit. We advocate a daily practice, but patience is paramount. A minimum of 5 classes a week is a realistic goal.
IS YOGA A RELIGION?
No. But the practice of yoga is a system that enhances the spiritual essence of all faiths. Practitioners come from many varied beliefs and all walks of life. We advocate and practice inter-faith tolerance.
WHAT IF I CAN'T DO EVERY POSTURE?
There is no requirement and no one's keeping score. Your most important tool is your breath. If you find your breath has become rushed, overly exhaustive, or you lost it altogether, pause a moment and take your time, watch the other students. Besides, no one can do every posture!
DO I HAVE TO BE YOUNG TO PRACTICE YOGA?
No! Yoga opposes no age group and no one. Of course, flexibility and strength changes over time. With patience and consistent practice, everyone's health and well-being improves, as does the proficiency in the postures that is right for you.