YOGA FAQ

Who Is Yoga For?

Physically, yoga can help everyone, yes everyone move and feel better in their body.  The asanas (poses) help open up the body, create space and relieve stress.  Think of yoga as a great compliment to any other movement practice (cross-fit, running, golf, tennis, skiing, basketball etc).

 

There is another layer; if you feel stressed, burned out or have difficulty focusing, yoga can help through a meditation practice.  We all have "the Monkey Mind", those constant non-ceasing thoughts. When you find stillness, through meditation, focusing on your breath, it can help you release those tight (neck and upper trapezius) muscles and maybe even help you find a bit of calm, a bit of peace.  At the very least meditation (a layer of yoga) is an excellent tool to help with life's demands; the constant head chatter, and responding vs reacting to situations.   

As humans, we are meant to move, our biomechanics were not meant to ‘sit still’ for long periods of time.  Have you ever once felt awesome after sitting for 8 hours??  

What Is Yoga?

It’s a practice of moving and stretching the body, plus connecting with the mind.  The word Yoga from Sanskrit yuj, means to yoke or bind, also referred to ‘union’.  In Yoga, we are yoking the mind and the body together.

Example, you wouldn’t go swimming without being mindful of breathing with each stroke.  You do the same concept in yoga, moving and breathing.

I’m Not Flexible. How I Can Do Yoga?

You don’t need to be flexible to practice yoga : )  You BECOME flexible from consistent practice.  Getting started is the key, especially with anything new there is always a learning curve.

What Equipment Do I Need To Practice Yoga?

There is no equipment, but you do need a yoga mat. (I recommend these for best support)

Why Should I Not Eat Before Yoga Class?

It’s best to eat something 2 hours before so your body has time to digest. During class, you’ll be moving, stretching, twisting, bending and upside down.

Can I Drink Water During Class? 

Absolutely!  It’s highly recommended.  Just make sure the water is in a container that doesn’t easily spill when knocked over. (which happens all the time in class)

What Do I Wear On My Feet? 

Nothing! Yoga is practiced barefoot.  Your skin making contact with the mat will help you with balancing and prevents slipping. and edit me. It's easy.

There Are So Many Types Of Classes. Where Do I Start? (it’s intimidating)

Make sure to read the class descriptions to get a sense of the style of each class.  Ask the front desk person for help, and ask the yoga teacher for guidance.  I highly recommend Beginner classes to learn the basic poses and names. Take your time, exploring the different styles, you’ll soon discover what resonates with you best. The true way to find out is by taking all the classes that interest you AND comments by other students as well.

How Often Can I Practice Yoga?

Everyday!

I have students hat practice 4-5 times a week or more. I personally practice everyday.  We all have time restraints, so even a 5 minute practice is better than nothing.  

What Age Group Is Yoga For?

Yoga is for all ages!  Your body is meant to move. There are modifications for all poses that will help you adjust as your practice grows.

What Are The Benefits Of Yoga?

1. increased flexibility (hello hamstrings)

2. develop muscle tone and strength

3. improved respiration (many people breathe from their chest vs belly) 
4. better balance

5. increased range-of-motion

6. weight-loss

7. strengthens core muscles (get rid of back pain and all a community of like minds!

8. make new friends

9. learn about your body (how to move, how to protect from injury and more)

10. camaraderie

11. stress relief

12. social setting (supporting others)

13. feel healthier

14. move better

“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner.  If you actually learn to like being a beginner,
the whole world opens up to you.” ~ Barbara Sher

Why Take A Group Yoga Class?

Community (Kula) is a big part of yoga. Just like there’s an energy or vibe in a gym, there is also one in a yoga class.  One that can help you relax, connect and even inspire you in your practice.  It can get really helpful to get out of your own environment to practice in a group setting, devoting time just for you to move, stretch and release from your day - with others without even having to say a word! (see the camaraderie in the workshop below)

Yoga Looks Too Easy.  How would I Get A Good Workout?

There are many misconceptions about yoga, especially if you’ve has never experienced any classes.  While there are some basic, gentle and restorative style classes, there are also some very challenging power classes.  The power classes will have your heart rate up and sweating quickly while challenging you in strength and stretching.  BEFORE you attempt a power yoga/challenging class.  You should already KNOW the poses well before jumping in.

Yoga Is Too Hard.  What Classes Would Be Right For Me?

Power yoga are challenging and demanding classes that I’d stay away from.  A wonderful alternative would be basic, gentle and restorative style classes so that you can reap all the benefits of yoga.  These types of classes are also great for beginners.  Remember there are always modifications for all poses and it’s really important to listen to your body.

How Do I Practice Yoga If I’m Injured?

It all depends on the type of injury you have. This is where a practice of mindfulness comes in, meaning to listen, really listen to your body and don’t force certain poses that can be challenging or advanced -- even if you were great at them last week! Take your time and go slow, allowing your body to heal. Explore a Therapeutics, Basic, Gentle or Restorative class so that your mind and body can still reap the benefits of the practice.  Practicing with ease and steadiness will help you recuperate sooner.

“In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much want too much and forget about
the joy of just being.”
~Eckhart Tolle

I'm Nervous, I've Never Practiced Yoga In A Studio Before. What Do I Do?

First, relax.  Congrats for trying something new!!!  Below are some very helpful guidelines for experiencing a yoga studio and group class for the first time.  Enjoy : ) 

Guidelines: Your First Time To A Yoga Studio:

1. Don't arrive when the class is scheduled to start.  You're already too late.  The teacher has begun to lead students into a quiet focused setting prior to the poses.  You still need to check in with the front desk (even if you signed up beforehand) and you don't know where anything is - where to put your belongings, where's the restroom, what props do I need etc.

 

2. Arrive at the studio 10minutes early (first time) as you will need to fill out a waiver and make payment.  This will also give you time to get acquainted with the studio, such as, what room will you be in? where do you change clothes? where is the restroom? where to put your belongings/valuables  (I know this seems so simple, but if you arrive minutes before the class, this experience becomes unnecessarily stressful).

 

3. Ask the front desk where to store your footwear and belongings AND where the restroom is. 

 

4. Wear or bring athletic clothes that allow your body to move in all directions.

 

5. Bring a hand towel just in case you may sweat (depends on your body and the type of class).

 

6. Bring water, staying hydrated is really important.

 

7. Option to bring your own yoga mat (most studios rent them for a small fee or monthly members can get free storage).

 

8. Meet the teacher; this is a great way to calm your nerves, get any questions answered and let the teacher know about any injuries you may have.

 

9.  If the teacher doesn't immediately say what props are needed, find out  AND where they are located.

 

10.  Find a spot in the back of the room so that you can see the teacher AND see how the other students are doing the poses.  This perspective will help you a lot in learning and understanding the poses, while you build confidence.

 

11. Have an open mind; I know this may even sound crazy, but it’s true. If you let yourself be open to new experiences - even if they are scary, you will have a much better time and possibly learn a lot.  

 

12. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; you are there to learn and grow and you are paying for it, so ask if something is not clear.  I’m sure some else might have that question as well.

 

13. Keep practicing; like anything new, make sure you give yourself and yoga a chance. Try different classes and teachers - each one is unique.  Find what and who resonates with you.

 

14. It’s a journey; yoga is a practice you can do every single day, there isn’t an end goal.  Sure you can work towards learning a specific pose, yet yoga is a constant practice.  We always mention having a “Beginners’ Mind” - that keeps you humble and open to learning whether it’s your first class or 12,999 class.

 

15.  Have fun! yoga is not a competition.  I always tell my students to have fun moving and learning about their body.  This will also help release some stress too!

"Practice, practice, practice and all is coming." ~ Sri K Patthabi Jois

If you have further questions or concerns about starting yoga.  One-on-one sessions is another option to start learning the poses, the language and how to use your breath (and so much more).  I offer a complimentary

30-minute discovery call to help you decide which is the best approach for your body and goals. 

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About Janel

It's my personality to be inquisitive and curious, I want to know about the body - how it moves, connects, develops, heals and adapts.  I get excited exploring all sorts of different styles of movement - yoga, dance, martial arts, animal flow, gymnastics, acroyoga etc - they all inspire to do and learn more. 

 

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