One of the best things about yoga is virtually anyone can practice some aspects of yoga. Yoga is designed to be tailored to the needs of the individual and takes into account our uniqueness as our strength.
Yoga is a comprehensive form of maintenance and restoration. It strengthens the body while calming and focusing the mind. There are two types of classes at our studio: Basic Yoga and Gentle Yoga. Each are designed to concentrate on different things.
Basic yoga classes are paced to introduce you to yoga. These poses help you increase your muscular elasticity, flexibility and general stamina. While you are being taught these poses, you are learning cardiovascular control, mental concentration, body awareness and equilibrium while stretching and relaxing your body. This class is for anyone who wants to enjoy the foundation of yoga.
Gentle yoga classes are slow paced sessions that concentrate on selected poses that activate your own body’s immune system while massaging organs, improving breathing and increasing blood flow. The purpose of these sessions are to naturally encourage your body to restore and sustain itself. These classes are designed for almost anyone who wants to improve their body’s ability to rally and preserve its health.
Have you ever wanted a peaceful place to go to relax and recharge? A quiet place where you could either be with others like you or retreat into yourself? A special place that you look forward to that brings a quite smile on your face when you think of it? That is what I strive to create in our yoga studio. A place of comfort, strength, peace, restoration and relaxation.
What do we do in our studio? We relax ourselves physically, psychologically and emotionally so our bodies can naturally reenergize, reinforce and repair itself- what I call the “3Rs”. This is done by gently going through a series of yoga poses that naturally triggers these processes in your body.
The goal for our studio is to build an extended family where members can come for support and direction. A place where there is no ego, judgment or competition. Where we help each other be ourselves and strengthen who we are in body and mind. Our studio is a positive retreat where we can grow.
Your first class is formatted like all your sessions. You will go through a sequence of warm-up poses that lead to a flow of main poses and finally into a cool down series. This smoothly builds your endurance, strength, equilibrium, elasticity while squeezing out worry, stress and frustration.
The only thing you need to bring is yourself! I would suggest you wear something that will allow you to stretch while being comfortable. Some people wear yoga pants, stretchable pants made especially for yoga, but you can wear sweat pants and T-shirts. I trust everyone to dress modestly and understand our studio is a relaxing environment and not fashion-centric.
Many researchers have concluded that Yoga was originally designed as part of a homeopathic medical system to keep the body fit and healthy. This viewpoint held that your mind and body were connected, each effecting the wellbeing of the other. Yoga addresses both, building your muscular, respiratory and cardiovascular systems while increasing your body awareness and strengthening your mental discipline.
Yoga is believed to be the product of a cultural blending of India and Tibet. The word Yoga (spelled yuj) can formally be traced back to a book whose title roughly translates into “Praise Verse Knowledge” (Rig Veda), authored in Sanskrit around 1400 or 1500 BC in India. While this book was largely religious in character, yoga is not a religion but a philosophy of strengthening the connection between the mind and the body that has become closely associated with an elder form of folk medicine.