The word “yoga” means union. Yoga is the union of the mind, body and soul. It is both a spiritual and physical art.
Physical Benefits: Yoga is an excellent form of cross training building flexibility, balance, strength and body awareness. It improves circulation and stimulates he immune system.
Mind and Spirit: Yoga can improve focus, concentration, confidence and your ability to handle stressful situations calmly. Many people also find that it can steady their emotions and encourage compassion and kindness. You will often see a decrease in anxiety and depression with regular yoga practice.
Anyone can practice yoga. Age, size and shape are irrelevant in yoga practice.
“One of the foundational principles of yoga is that we are perfect just as we are, a shining light or gem that is merely clouded or dusty. Yoga is simply the cleaning process. Through the practices of yoga, we polish the brilliant gem and the Self within and are free to shine as we are meant to: living fully in the present moment, knowing that we possess something far greater inside us than the material world outside.” Kate Holcome
First Class Tips
The Yoga classes at Discover the Wonders Yoga have been carefully designed so you may derive the maximum benefit from your experience. The following are some guidelines and suggestions that you will find useful in your practice of Yoga:
• Arrive 10 - 15 minutes early for your first class to fill out paperwork, OR pre-register online and skip the paperwork at the studio.
• Props are available, but feel free to bring your own personal mat, blanket, pillows, etc. to class.
• Please let us know if you are under a doctor’s care or if you have any specific health conditions, such as high or low blood pressure, back problems, sinus troubles, recent major surgery, etc. We will then be able to give you special guidance.
• You are encouraged to ask questions in class about anything that is unclear to you.
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
• Regular attendance is highly recommended. Please try to arrive a few minutes early so you have time to relax before class begins.
• When you enter the classroom, you are encouraged to leave your worldly cares and troubles outside the door. Picture yourself entering an environment of peace and relaxation. Lie down quietly on your mat, relax, and allow yourself to enter the experience of being in the “here and now.”
• After the relaxation at the end of class, try to hold on to the feeling of relaxation and well-being by maintaining silence as much as possible.
• It is best to perform postures on an empty stomach. Wait one to two hours after a full meal before practicing. You may, however, have a glass of juice or piece of fruit up to an hour before.
• The benefits of Yoga available to you are many, regardless of your age, flexibility, or degree of proficiency in the exercises. We will be happy to off assistance in whatever way possible.