What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient discipline that explores, develops, and integrates the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga systematically stretches and strengthens muscles throughout the body, increases circulation to internal organs and glands, quiets the nervous system, and improves concentration. This ancient system of self-care brings vitality, health, deep relaxation, and peace of mind.
There are many forms of Yoga, each class will provide something different. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to class and avoid wearing anything that will impede your movements. Yoga is practiced barefoot, so you will remove your shoes prior to class. You will also need a mat. If you currently don’t own one you may purchase or borrow one at the studio. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
Is Yoga just stretching? Can I do Yoga if I am not flexible?
Yoga does involve stretching your muscles, however Yoga places more emphasis on alignment than your average pre workout stretching. Because the practice will focus more on alignment, it’s not as important that you can bend far enough to touch your toes, but that you are stretching the muscle in the correct form. If you have tight muscles and have a hard time with flexibility, Yoga may be exactly what you need.
What are the benefits of doing Yoga?
There are many physical and mental benefits from practicing Yoga. From a physical standpoint you will strengthen, lengthen and replenish your muscle tissues, which helps align your entire body. Holding the different postures helps burn fat and reduce cholesterol. The breathing you will learn brings more oxygen to the heart. This benefits your entire system and aids in reducing toxin levels by expelling unwanted stress. Lastly, Yoga will greatly benefit your mind. Practicing will bring you clarity and teaches you excellent ways to manage stress.
Who should practice Yoga?
Yoga is a great guide to access a healthier lifestyle. We provide prenatal classes for mothers to be and a wide range of other classes for fitness levels. The classes benefit everyone from beginners to the most experienced Yogi. Yoga is a very individual practice and is meant for you to achieve goals within your own boundaries and at your own pace. Whether you are 20 years old or sixty years old there are benefits for everyone through the practice of Yoga.