What IS yoga, anyway?
To put it simply, "Yoga" is the Sanskrit word for union. Through the practice of yoga, we are given a guideline for finding a deeper, more meaningful connection between our external environment and our internal consciousness. This guideline is based upon Patanjali's Eightfold Path, of which only a small fraction is focused on in Western yoga studios. This involves Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath), and Dhyana (meditation).
Popular Yoga styles include Hatha, Vinyasa, Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Jivamukti.
What are the benefits of doing yoga?
Because yoga is a dynamic practice, the benefits of yoga are extensive. This includes:
- Stress relief
- Increased flexibility/mobility
- Increased strength/balance
- Improved respiration/energy
- Improved athletic performance
- Improved focus and attention
- Corrections to posture and alignment
- Cardiovascular and circulatory health
- Weight management
- Increased body awareness
- Rehabilitation and prevention of injuries
In addition to the physical attributes, one of the most important benefits of yoga is the effect on mental and emotional health. Yoga and meditation have been shown to decrease stress, declutter the mind, and clear the path for a more positive outlook on life. With greater mental clarity and calmness, we are better equipped to connect not only with the world around us, but with ourselves as well.
I'm out of shape and I can't touch my toes. How do you expect me to do yoga?
Easily. You just show up. Rarely does anyone have an inherent knack for super cool yoga poses right off the bat. Learning something new takes time and some trial and error to see what works best for you. All bodies are not created equal, so what might work for someone else won't necessarily work for you. And that's okay! Together we can map out what your goals are and work towards achieving those goals safely and effectively.
What style of yoga do you teach?
A combination of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, and Yin. My goal is to offer a well rounded practice that showcases the importance of maintaining balance - being strong yet flexible, remaining positive while acknowledging the negative, experiencing movement with inner stillness. While it is impressive to push your physical limits via speed and heat-building techniques (Vinyasa), it is also important to train the mind and body how to wind down and release in to passivity (Hatha/Yin).
How long will it take before I see/feel results?
It's different for everyone. Like I said, all bodies are not created equal. But with patience and dedication you're guaranteed to feel/see a difference within the first 8 weeks of beginning a consistent yoga practice.
How many sessions should I attend per week?
Well, what works for your schedule? What are your intentions with starting - or advancing - your yoga practice? If you're looking to start simple without too much overexertion, one or two sessions a week is recommended. If you've been practicing yoga for some time and want to dive deeper in to your practice, two or more sessions a week would be beneficial.
What should I wear?
Ideally, clothing that is form fitting, comfortable, and easy to move around in. At the end of the day, you should wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable so that you can focus your attention on how your body feels and moves.