Questions? We have answers!
Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?
No you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga… It’s an urban myth that people who are tight can't do yoga. Yoga isn’t just stretching, it's extremely toning, calming, meditative, spiritual, healing and opening. Flexibility is only one aspect of it.
I am new to Yoga. What class is right for me?
For every body there is a Yoga class! Finding the yoga class that is right for you can take time. Often times you hear of people who went to their first yoga class and for some reason or another didn't like the class and never went back. It is important to explore all the different classes, teachers and yoga styles until you find what works for you; the options truly are limitless! If you are new to yoga and would like to give our classes a try we strongly recommend reading our class descriptions to see whch class is best for your body. We also encourage you to read our TEACHER BIO's to get an idea as to the teaching style each teacher will bring. And always, please contact us if you are still not sure what will work for you!
What Do I Need to Begin?
All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of sweat pants, leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that's not too baggy. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. It's nice to bring a towel to class with you. As your practice develops you might want to buy your own yoga mat, but we do have mats and other props available for you.
I am sore/will I be sore after class?
Sometimes new students do experience soreness in the first few weeks of starting a yoga practice. It can be a combination of using muscles in a different way as well as challenging those muscles to do more. Sometimes, students also experience a deep release in very tight muscles, like hamstrings, hip flexors and muscles of the chest and this can lead to soreness too. This is normal and will subside as their bodies get more used to the practice. However, you should never be sore to the point of injury! It is important to ALWAYS listen to your body.
I have an injury/medical condition. Can I still do Yoga?
Injuries and conditions are nothing to mess with! Whether it be fresh or old it is always important to honour your body and take care of ourself. That being said, any and all yoga poses can be modified and altered to suit you and whatever injury you may have. Make sure you tell our teachers if there is something you are concerned about before class begins so we can cue you for modifications.
How many times each week should I practice?
Beginners should develop a regular practice in order to get their body used to moving in a new way. In order for this to happen, it’s helpful to practice in the studio at least 3 times per week. Studio classes provide the structure and support that a new student needs in order to learn alignment and sequence. However, having your own practise at home is always important in addtitiom to attending regular studio classes. Even 15-20 minutes on your own everyday will make a big difference in seeing results in strength and flexiblity.
When should I eat before coming to class?
A general rule of thumb is you should not come to yoga on a full stomach but should eat something at least 1 hour before. It is also important to be well hydrated, especially for heated yoga classes.
How many beginner classes should I take before taking an all levels class?
Typically it is suggested you take 8-10 beginner (gentle) classes before going into an all-levels class. However, you can go to any class and use the guideline of doing what you can, keeping an open mind, resting when you need to and doing your best. In addition, our teachers are able to teach in a way to teach all levels and provide alternative postures for all levels in all classes.
How hot will it be in your "warm" classes?
The room temperatures will vary. In the summer we do not turn the heaters on - as it is hot enough outside as it is. In the winter we heat the room to a comfortable level to help warm the body. Typically this temperature will range from 72-75F.
If I want to lose weight, should I be doing more than yoga?
A vigorous yoga practice is a great way to work towards weight loss but as always, it needs to be paired with healthy eating. Combing a regular yoga practice with an activity like running, brisk walking or treadmill/elliptical is recommended if weight loss is your goal. While Yoga is great for the body and can be a "work-out", yoga is essentially a "work-in". Try not to let your physical goals surpass the importance of the mental and spiritual benefits can come along with the yoga practise as well.
What Is Yoga?
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as "union" or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.
The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today.
It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behaviour in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).
Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.
Is Yoga a Religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. Yoga provides a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga. It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.