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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.
What are the benefits of yoga?
The style of yoga we do here is Vinyasa, which is a flow, based in Ashtanga. As you move from asana to asana (postures or poses)you are working on strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. These are the three components to a healthy exercise program and lifestyle. Yoga helps with joint mobility and flexibility, giving you the opportunity to work with such things as arthritis and other ailments. With yoga you are connecting the movements to your breath, helping to connect your body to your mind, this is a very meditative aspect to the physical practice of yoga, this is also how it helps with stress.
What should I wear? Do you have a place to change?
Comfortable non-binding clothes. T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, stretch pants, loose fitting pants, or other exercise apparel are all appropriate. Sweat pants are generally not recommended since you may get too hot. Yoga is done barefoot. We do have changing rooms available in addition to the restroom.
Do I need to pre register or bring anything?
A yoga or pilates mat if you have one if not you may purchase one here, or rent a mat for $1. Water and a towel are also recommended. Pre- registration is not required, just come on in. On your first visit please arrive 10 minutes before the class begins so you can fill out some paperwork. Please choose a class that is appropriate for your level.