General Yoga Related FAQ's

What is yoga?

Yoga, in its whole, includes physical postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditations and yoga philosophy. Yoga is a way of being. It is a way of living life where you are able to bring more consciousness and awareness into your everyday experiences. Yoga can be a major component to keep the physical body healthy, free of illnesses and actually prevent normal ailments associated with aging.

What are the benefits of yoga?

“Yoga not only tones the muscle tissue, ligaments, joints and nerves, but also maintains the smooth functioning and health of ALL the body’s systems. Yoga relaxes the body and mind, allowing both to recover from fatigue or weakness, and stress of daily life. Yoga boosts metabolism, lymphatic circulation, hormonal secretions, and brings about a chemical balance in the body.”
-BKS Iyengar

“Yoga maintains Youth, it keeps the body full of vitality and immune to diseases, even to old age”
-Bikram Choudhury

Do you have to be in shape or flexible to do yoga?

Yoga is a great way to work on your flexibility and strength. Just about everyone can do it. Yoga can also be modified to suit all levels of fitness.

Is yoga religious?

No. Yoga is not part of any religion, but it is a spiritual practice. Many religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddism, as well as many other religions use yoga as part of their spiritual practice.

What does OM mean?

Om is a primordial sound. It is the sound of creation. When we chant OM, we are creating individual sounds that come together to create one vibration. This vibration frequency is that of creation, connecting us all with each other and all living matter. It is up to you whether or not you would like to take part in chanting Om. Know that the feeling you put behind it is more important than how you sound. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and just Om.

What does namaste mean?

Namaste means the divine in me honors and recognizes the divine in you. Namaste is said in the beginning or the end of class. It is a pure recognition of another's divine presence and that there is no separation between another and yourself.

How often should I practice yoga?

Yoga is safe enough for you to practice everyday. It's important for you to learn how to trust your body and know when it needs to take a day off. Yoga is compatible with all other sports, whether it is running, swimming, surfing, etc. You will get the most our of your yoga practice if you commit to a practice of at least three times a week. With this commitment you will notice that you feel less stress, are more grounded and able to concentrate with more ease. You will not only strengthen your body, but you will also strengthen your mind and spirit as well. Friends and family will notice tha tyou are more peaceful and loving and generally more happy. You will begin to understand what your spirit is, what it looks and sounds like and begin to recognize that you have limitless potential.

What is ujjayi breathing?

Ujjayi translated means "victorious breath". This breath is audible and is done through your nose. The sound results from a slight constriction in the back of the throat, which sounds like the ocean's roar. The type of Pranayama (breathing exercise) is a cleansing breath which is also used to center one's focus throughout the practice. Ask any of our teachers if you are not sure how to do this breath.