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Yoga is…

The word Yoga originates from the Sanskrit language & has a direct translation to mean ‘yoking or union’. When we think of Yoga, we are reminded that it is the true unification of our body & mind.

Often times in the Western world we envision Yoga to mean simply the practice of poses or Asana. This happens to be only one of the eight limbs of yoga. As we continue to practice we experience the physical practice of Asana as well as Pranayama or breathing exercises.

FAQs

How to find the ‘right’ class?
As you begin your practice you will hear instructors say over & over ‘Listen to your body, this is your practice’. The best advice for finding a class is the same message. Each instructor will provide modifications for the poses so that all levels of students will be able to participate. Through your experiences you will find instructors who you resonate with and those that you do not. Once you have had an opportunity to explore several teachers you will begin to identify a style that speaks to you. The most important thing to remember is through that exploration, you are listening to your body.

What do I wear?
Loose fitting clothing. We will be moving throughout the practice & you will want to feel comfortable with your clothing. There will be several opportunities to do inversions such as head stand where you may wish to ensure your outfits provide you with adequate coverage.

What should I bring?
You are the most important item, coupled with a sense of adventure & a dash of light heartedness! You may wish to bring a towel & a water bottle. We have mats & props available for your use during the classes.

How early should I come?
Please come 10-15 minutes before your class time. This will give you a chance to fill out any paper work and get a spot for your practice.

It’s my first class, what should I expect?
What if I can’t do the poses? That’s why we call this practice! Every day is different, each side of our bodies are different. We will have various props available to assist you during your practice. They include: blocks & straps. We use these tools to invite our bodies into the sensation of the pose while being mindful of our limits. Each portion of the pose will be shared as stepping stones, where you are encouraged to find your own personal edge by building on the separate physical poses.

What is savasana/corpse pose & why should I do it?
This is our final resting pose. I like to refer to this as ‘Stay for the pay’; you have worked for an entire hour opening up your body & lengthening your muscles, this is your opportunity to integrate all the work you have just completed into your being. We do this right before we head back to our hectic lives. It is 5 minutes of quiet time just for you.