If you are new to Yoga or looking for a class that is a good fit for you, keep this in mind: almost all of our classes are appropriate for any level. All of our instructors are professionals who are trained and experienced working with all ability levels and offer modifications and challenges for each posture. This means that you can come to any class, and be confident that you will feel comfortable yet challenged.
Yoga is a noncompetitive personal practice and the experience you have in class is largely up to you. There are no rules or guidelines that you must follow. We encourage our students to honor and listen to their bodies as they practice Yoga and never push themselves beyond their personal comfort level or ability. This means that you should never feel pressured to keep up with the instructor or the rest of the class. On the same token, if you want more of a challenge, and the instructor is not suggesting it, you have the power to step it up a notch and go deeper into a posture.
We recommend that you try as many different classes and instructors as you are able. Every Yoga instructor teaches differently, with a unique style and background, and it may take a few classes to find the style and instructor that you resonate with. If you are a beginner, taking the beginner’s class is recommended, but not required. Any class is appropriate for any ability level. If you are recovering from an injury or illness, a slower class might be more suitable, but it is up to YOU to decide, so come to any and all classes and see what feels right. Each instructor teaches differently, with the same goal in mind, to make you feel good. Yoga should never hurt.
What is Yoga?
The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world. The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.
The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. The exercises of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so a Yoga student treats it with great care and respect. Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body. The Yoga student gently increases breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind. These two systems of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.
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