Frequently asked Questions about Yoga

Here are a few.

What if I'm not flexible?

All yoga styles increase flexibility. In a hot yoga class expect rapid results; the heat helps warm up the muscles so you will stretch more easily.

How often should I practice?

We suggest approximately 3-5 times per week. The benefits of yoga are cumulative, the more you do the stronger and better you feel.

Which Yoga is most suitable for a beginner?

Hatha Yoga and Hatha Flow Yoga (Hot or non hot depending on your preference) are generally slower paced and excellent for a beginners/intermediates.

Will I lose weight?

The answer is yes. The amount depends on how much effort you are willing to exert. many people report that the kind of holistic exercise we offer is enjoyable and this helps them to practice regularly.

Why do we chant OM before and after class?

The OM is all sound and silence throughout time, the roar of eternity and the essence of pure beings. It invokes the ALL that is otherwise inexpressible and it is the highest spiritual sound on earth.

Who can do Yoga?

Anyone - young or old, at any level of fitness - will benefit from yoga. Unlike other sports and fitness activities, yoga is non-competitive and does not cause stress to muscles or joints.

Can I eat before doing Yoga?

Yoga exercises exert pressure on the internal organs. So be sure not to eat before practice. If you've eaten a meal, wait at least two hours. If you've eaten a snack, wait 30 minutes to one hour.

Is Yoga a Religion?

People often ask if yoga is a religion. Yoga is NOT a religion. In traditional yoga there are steps for guidance in leading a meaningful life, such as moral discipline, self-discipline and meditation. But there are no religious teachings involved in practicing yoga - no single creed, no religious obligations (like attending services), and no rituals where one must profess allegiance to certain beliefs.

Can I start practicing with any yoga poses?

Patience Some yoga positions appear deceivingly simple. They are not. So be patient with yourself. Over time your flexibility and balance will improve. With constant practice, you'll be doing positions effortlessly. Begin with simple poses and work your way up to the more advanced.

How do I breathe while doing yoga?

Yoga emphasizes full, complete exhalation. This is important to eliminate all stale air and to increase capacity for inhalation of more fresh air. You should also inhale slowly filling the belly and then the chest, then pause briefly before exhaling completely.

How can Yoga help my breathing?

Breathing Capacity Most people use only a fraction of their breathing capacity. Yoga encourages slow, full breaths. Start by exhaling as much air as possible which will allow you to take in more oxygen when you inhale. You'll find this carries into everyday activities. Even when you're not doing yoga, you'll find yourself being more conscious of how you breathe.

How can I benefit from meditation?

Did you know that meditation can help lower blood pressure? It can. In fact, practicing meditation can also help you manage stress. A great thing to do when you're feeling stressed (and maybe that blood pressure rising) is to stop, go someplace quiet, take a few deep breaths, and meditate. It will do wonders for you. You'll feel relaxed and refreshed.

How can children benefit from doing Yoga?

Yoga helps develop concentration, self-control and self-awareness which greatly benefits children. And since it's non-competitive, children feel accomplishment at their own level rather than measuring their level or performance against others.

What postures should I avoid if I have high blood pressure?

If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should NOT do inverted postures. These postures increase the bloodflow and can cause serious problems.

Is it true that yoga can help me overcome stress?

De-stress Yoga's calming effects are a great benefit for those who experience stress. And these days, who doesn't? The focus that you learn in a yoga practice will help you calm your mind and relax. The best part of this is that, you'll be able to carry it into your daily life.

Why do I need "relaxation" during yoga?

You may wonder why "relaxation" is identified as a specific part of yoga. Don't we all know how to relax already? In yoga, relaxation is the way you clear your mind of everyday thoughts and distractions. Before you begin, it readies you for the practice. When you relax between series of postures, it allows you to pause and re-energize before the next series. At the end of your session, yoga helps you to prepare for returning to everyday life.

Should I feel discomfort or pain in yoga postures?

It's definitely important not to stress or strain during your practice. If any position causes pain or discomfort, ease back on what you're doing or stop completely. You should NOT feel pain or discomfort. Always be safe and do only what feels comfortable to YOU. Each person is different; in yoga you can celebrate that difference.

How do I keep my balance in poses?

The best way to keep your balance is to look at a spot a few feet in front of you. It can be a mark on the floor or wall, anything as long as it's something that doesn't move. Don't stare at it, just softly focus your gaze on the spot. Stay focused on the spot while you move into the pose and as you continue to hold it.