New To Yoga

New To Yoga

  • I’m new to yoga. Where do I begin?

    If you are new to yoga, start with the All Levels class. This class will help you improve your flexibility, balance, muscle tone, and endurance. For students with a regular practice, we recommend the All Levels or Level II class.

  • What are the physical benefits of doing yoga?

    Yoga offers a huge array of benefits including, improved blood circulation, more oxygen to the body, stress reduction, increased strength and flexibility, improved sleeping patterns, and toning of the digestive and endocrine systems.

  • Can I eat before class?

    It’s recommended to refrain from eating two to three hours before class so your digestion is complete before class begins. This will help you have comfortable yoga practice. If you have a very active digestive system, a light snack such as a few nuts or a partial granola bar might be tolerated 30 minutes to an hour before class.

  • What does Yoga mean?

    Yoga is a philosophy, a science and a way of life. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ which means “to unite.” Yoga is the “union” of mind, body, and spirit. When your physical, intellectual, and spiritual selves are working in union, your life becomes balanced. The practice of yoga enables you to achieve calmness, clarity, a sense of well-being, enthusiasm towards life, and peace of mind.

  • What does ‘Namasté’ mean?

    Yoga instructors usually end class with the traditional “Namasté” (NAH-mah-stay). Namasté is a Sanskrit word that is translated literally as “I bow to you.” It is more commonly translated as “the divine light in me honors the divine light in you.” It’s a gesture of respect and honoring.

  • What does Om mean?

    ‘Om’ is a mantra often chanted during yoga classes for its vibrational quality. It is the universal sound, which represents the collective sound of all the vibrations in the universe.