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.
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.
Not a requirement. Your mind must be flexible before your body is! Don't worry, you'll get there we promise.
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
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.
The foundation of a strong, life transforming practice is Ahimsa, non-violence. A diet free of animals is such a practice and greatly reduces mass suffering. Nothing is more physical than what we eat.A sattvic (pure) diet is recommended for a clear mind, conscience, bowels, and heart. By being informed you are then able to make intelligent decisions.
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.
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!
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.