Yoga is an ancient discipline dating back thousands of years. Yoga originated in India as a form of meditation associated with Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The past few decades, the practice of yoga has expanded across the globe, bringing with it an ancient philosophy that can be applied to our hectic modern lives. A yoga practice connects the mind and body, focusing on breath and inward meditation while moving through a series of postures at a rate appropriate to that style of yoga. Styles vary from still meditation and Yin Yoga – in which restorative postures are held for a longer period of time – to Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, where classes follow a more energetic flow.
Yoga has innumerable benefits, including improved health (detoxification, digestion, and increased circulation) and fitness (muscle tone, energy, endurance, and flexibility), improved balance and coordination, clarity of mind and uplifts our spirits. Despite the intense relaxation resulting from yoga, it is also an incredible cardiovascular workout because of the breathing exercises. This combination will leave you feeling de-stressed and energized all at once. The physical and mental benefits of yoga are endless, and regular practice of yoga can begin a path to an improved lifestyle. Regular yoga practice allows you to live more in the present moment. Helps you cope with daily frustrations and gives you the ability to replace them with a sense of peace. You will feel better at the end of a yoga class than you did at the beginning, and with regular practice you will start to take this blissful feeling off the yoga mat and into life.
Yoga is open to all levels, unless otherwise indicated. Modifications are given to accommodate every level, from beginner to advance. Although classes are practiced in unison, each person is encouraged to embrace the modification available to them, and make their practice their own. Yoga is non-competitive, thus most people are comfortable pushing their body to whatever limit suits them best.
As with any activity, yoga participants should listen to their body and be careful not to push their personal limits. Yoga promotes physical awareness, however, and before long you will find yourself achieving physical goals you never dreamed possible. Be sure to advise your instructor of any injuries prior to class, and any discomfort you may experience during.
Classes begin promptly so please arrive 10 minutes early to change and sign in. Keep in mind the mind-body connection is imperative in yoga. Silence is encouraged prior to and during class, as others may be meditating. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in – such as yoga pants or shorts and a t-shirt or tank top – and bare feet. Yoga mats, cushions, bolsters, straps and blankets are provided for free.