What is Yoga and why do we do it?

Yoga means Union. Union means bringing things together. Yoga helps to integrate our body and mind so that we stay healthy physically and mentally.

Who can do yoga?

Everyone! Please check with your doctor first if you have a special health concern or recent injuries/surgery. Most poses can be modified to b safely practiced for all levels of practitioners.

 

How do we breathe in Yoga?

Uja Breath.  Ujai means audible sounding. Breathe in through the nose making the belly expand then the chest expands. Breathe out through the nose making the chest fall down then the belly falls down. Mouth is closed.

 

How do we sit in Yoga?

Legs crossed comfortably, pressing the sits bones into the ground, making the spine tall and lengthened while balancing the head weight directly over the hips. Tighten the lower belly while doing so will better support the lower back. You can use cushions, blocks, or blankets for more comfort.

How do we stand in Yoga?

Legs are together or slightly apart, especially if you have tight hips. Stand tall by engaging leg muscles and pressing feet downward actively into the ground. Do not lock the knees.

  

How often do we practice?

For beginners, one class per week is a good introduction. As you build your practice, increase to two or more classes per week. It is recommended that you try different styles (over 40 to choose from) and different instructors.

 

What do you wear to practice Yoga?

Comfortable loose fitting exercise clothes, two-piece or one-piece spandex workout clothes (not to tight). Please be sensitive and respectful by not wearing overly exposed or suggestive clothing. Please do not wear any scent or cologne as many people have sensitivity to the smell.

 

Why do we practice Yoga?

  • Gain physical flexibility, strength and endurance
  • Increase breathing capacity, decrease stress and increase relaxation response
  • Gain mental focus and increase body awareness
  • Increase range of motion
  • Manage and control chronic pain
  • Ease and Reduce stress: control depression and anxiety

 

 

Yoga provides a safe effective method for physical and mental self care.

 

What are props and why do we use them in Yoga?

Props are things that help us go deeper into a stretch and to support us in a pose. Yoga Mat: to provide a safe non slip surface for practice – there are many mats to choose from on the market today.

  • Yoga blocks: are used to help with balancing and added support.
  • Yoga ties: are used to help with tight muscles.
  • Cushions: are used to support the neck, hips, knees, and more.
  • Blankets: are used to support or to cover during Savasna (relaxation practice).
  • Eye pillow: can be used to deepen the relaxation practice.


Why is drinking water during and after yoga practice important?

Water keeps you hydrated. It is highly recommended that you drink good fresh water during

 

                   Please check with your doctor if you have any medical concerns about practicing yoga.