Let’s dispel a few myths FIRST:
Yoga is NOT a religion (it’s a science)
Yoga is NOT just for hippies (yoga is for all people)
You DON’T have to be flexible to do Yoga (that’s why you go to yoga)
What does Yoga mean?
Yoga is a Sanskrit word (yug) that means to yoke, pull together or to unite.
What does Yoga involve?
Physical, breathing, mental, emotional and spiritual exercises.
What is Yoga supposed to do?
All yoga practices are designed to increase physical health (BODY), heighten awareness (MIND) and strengthen inner focus (SPIRIT) in a unifying way in order to reach a blissful state of being (or in Yoga terms Samadhi).
Yoga is a practice that has been handed down for thousands of years and the postures that we do in yoga are called asana, these asanas help to squeeze, open up, tone, release, flex, stretch and relax your body improving respiration, releasing energy blockages and maintaining the healthy functioning of your lungs, your brain, your spine and nervous system and your endocrine glands.
Yoga embraces all religions, all creeds, all races and philosophies and simply begins with the physical body as the basis for all journeys back to self-realization of one’s true nature and place in creation.
Why it can help?
We live in a busy modern world, not on a tranquil mountainside in deep meditation, yoga is a self practice that enables one to balance stablise and return to a sense of power to the self. Many yogis claim that they enjoy greater flexibility, their stamina has increased and they find themselves calmer and less tense within the pressures and changes of modern world living.
Prepping for Class
Bring a Mat (if you have one)
Wear comfortable fitted clothing (you don’t want your t-shirt hanging over your head)
Arrive on time to not disturb the class
Don’t eat for at least 2 hours before class
Yoga is done in silence and we leave our egos at the door
Inform the teacher if you have an injury
Listen to your body and know its limitations and capabilities
Come with an open mind