What class do you recommend I start with?
We recommend that students who are new to yoga try an Intro to Yoga class to learn the basics.
Any Gentle class is wonderful for beginners. This is a soft practice, focused on quieting the mind and relaxing the body in preparation for blissful rest.
Students of all fitness levels with the desire for a moderately paced yoga class for stress reduction and relaxation will enjoy our Basic Hatha Yoga or Yin/Slow Vinyasa Yoga .
Students in good physical health with yoga experience who are used to getting hot and elevating the heart rate will enjoy our Short-Form Ashtanga or Vinyasa Yoga classes.
For students desiring a class primarily focused on core strengthening, try our Yoga Fusion class which is a combination of yoga and Pilates.
Can I do Yoga during pregnancy?
Absolutely! Yoga enhances pregnancy, and allows a mother to bond with her baby before they even meet. Nothing is more fulfilling than feeling your baby move due to a richly oxygenated blood flow which occurs during yoga practice.
An Intro to Yoga class is a safe place to start. Always be sure to let the instructor know you are pregnant so appropriate modifications can be made during class.
Always check with your doctor or midwife to receive her/his full support before beginning any physical program.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a 5,000 year old philosophy that provides instructions for living well. Students at the Studio learn to find an inner spiritual peace (non-religious), strength and flexibility, which is useful to bring balance, joy and health to everyday life.
Will Yoga help me to manage stress and tension?
One of the fundamental aspects of the Studio is its emphasis on the development of a deep, complete breath. This has a direct calming effect on the central nervous system and helps to release tension within the mind and body.
What if I am not fit or flexible?
At the Yoga Studio we encourage students to begin where they are. The health benefits of a Yoga practice are immediate. Students learn to accept and appreciate their body where it is now, with the new knowledge that Yoga is a journey, not a means to an end. Everyone has a beautiful body and mind to explore, expand, and heal though compassionate, skilled teaching.
How will I benefit from yoga?
Yoga’s greatest effect is on the mind. As a result of your practice at the Studio, you will experience greater calm and balance in your daily life. Yoga is a complete health maintenance program for the body and mind. A Yoga practice has the ability to help you tone and lengthen muscles, lose weight, relieve back pain, improve circulation, purify your internal organs, improve and regulate hormone production, and reduce stress. As a result, the workings of the body as a whole are improved.
How often should I practice Yoga?
At the Studio, we recommend a daily practice. As little as 5 to 10 minutes a day has a huge impact on the quality of life. We encourage students to come into the Studio to practice with fellow Yogis and Yoginis and a qualified instructor as often as possible, but at least once per week. Then take the skills you learn home with you to practice when away from the studio.
How are your teachers trained?
All of our teachers are registered with a minimum RYT-200 designation through the Yoga Alliance which is the highest internationally recognized board.
What does Namaste’ mean and why do you say it at the end of each class?
Namaste is a non-contact form of respectful greeting. It means “The divinity in me bows to the divinity in you” or “I bow to your true self.”