All you really need is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. Wear comfortable clothing such as shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt. Workout clothes are great. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. It’s nice to bring a towel to class with you. It's nice to use your own yoga mat, but we will have mats and other tools available for you. If your worried about learning Yoga in a group, take advantage of our one-to-one instruction in the convenience of your home or office..
How many days per week should I do Yoga?
I suggest starting with two or three times per week. But even if you only practice once per a week, you will benefit from Yoga. And if you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle. Do what’s comfortable and works for you and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself practicing Yoga more and more
I'm not flexible. Can I still do Yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin Yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to swim in order to take swimming lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
How can Yoga help my sport performance?
Adding yoga to your overall training can help enhance performance and prevent injury. Many sports can develop certain muscle groups while ignoring others. Over time, this process causes imbalances in the muscles and joints, which can lead to overuse injuries. Yoga helps alleviate this tightness, builds a stronger center, and aligns the spine. A well-rounded practice includes flexibility training, core stabilization, strengthening and balance work. By focusing on these vital elements, Yoga can help you recover faster after workouts, improve range of motion and develop mental focus and concentration.
Is Yoga a fitness workout?
Yoga can indeed provide a physical fitness workout, addressing flexibility, strength, balance and alignment, all of which, in turn, can improve posture, circulation, breathing, heart rate and stamina. But the physical practice is just one aspect of Yoga. It can also enhance our mental fitness, or mindfulness. In practicing, we connect the movement of our bodies to the rhythm of our breath. Balancing the breath, the body and the mind helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness we cultivate by so doing is what makes Yoga an ongoing practice, rather than a task to be completed or a goal to be achieved. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing Yoga, and so will your mind.
How do I get started?
You just get started! It's as simple as stepping on your mat. Work with a trained Yoga instructor to guide you through the poses and practice. Learning proper alignment in the poses is essential to safe use of your muscles and joints. Start in your home or join a group session. Pull your team mates, friends or family together and get your first class free!