Frequently Asked Questions
What is yoga?
Yoga started in India several thousand years ago. There are many types of yoga, most not well known in the US. Some are service oriented while others focus on meditation. The most popular yoga in the US is Hatha Yoga.
Who can do yoga?
If they have the right attitude, and/or the right teacher, anyone can practice yoga.
Why practice yoga?
Yoga makes people feel good. Yoga designed promotes health by balancing the nervous system, massaging the internal organs, releasing excess muscle tension, improving circulation of the blood and lymphatic system, calming the mind, and leaving participants relaxed and energized.
How do I find the right teacher?
Friends who are in similar physical condition may have recommendations. You might ask teachers to describe their classes, or a typical student (average age, condition etc.) Check out web pages if teachers have them. Ask to sit in on a class. Make sure you feel comfortable with the teacher before taking a class with them. Do not stay with the first teacher you try unless you absolutely love them and the class.
What do I wear?
Clothing varies from studio to studio. They all have in common that shoes and socks are left outside the studio. Yoga is practiced barefoot. Clothing should be comfortable and not restrict movement.
What are some common preparations?
- As with any exercise program, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor first.
- If you are pregnant, or have serious physical limitations, consult your instructors prior to attending class.
- Try to avoid caffeine or nicotine for at least 1 hour prior to attending class.
- Wear comfortable clothing that does not limit movement or cut circulation.
- Come prepared to work barefoot in class.
- If you have your own sticky mat, bring that to class. (If you do not have a sticky mat do not worry about it - a mat will be provided for you at no cost.)