CAN I DO YOGA? I’VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE.

Since our yoga classes are designed with the beginner in mind, our teachers will walk you through what you need to know. Come to the mat with positivity and do the best you can. Yoga is a lifetime practice that starts with your first class.

WHAT IF I’M NOT FLEXIBLE?

This is a common misconception that prevents people from practicing yoga. It actually is the best reason we can think of for you to come to class! Yoga is not about your flexibility, it is about taking care of your mind and body.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

With regular practice you can achieve numerous benefits, such as

increased energy levels

strengthened and toned muscles

increased flexibility

reduction of stress

improved posture

increased coordination and balance

WHAT IS THE ETIQUETTE I SHOULD KNOW FOR CLASS?

Yoga is a personal practice. Please follow these guidelines to ensure that everyone in class is comfortable in this space to appreciate this time dedicated to oneself.

Arrive on time- it is disruptive for both the class and the teacher to be interrupted by a late student.

Proper hygiene is suggested- we don't want to smell you anymore than we want to smell ourselves! 

Wear proper clothing- compression shorts & shirts for men are highly suggested to keep everyone comfortable.

Phones must be silenced or turned off- interruptions during practice can ruin the peace. 

WHAT IS ASHTANGA & WHY DO I WANT TO PRACTICE IT?

Ashtanga is a beautiful practice created and handed down through generations of Eastern gurus. This practice involves a set sequence of postures, each one specifically designed to prepare you for the next. The Primary Series, the first of six series, teaches practitioners to integrate breath and movement and is used to cleanse and tune the physical body. The Half Primary Series we offer contains about 40 poses beginning with sun salutations, moving to standing poses, seated poses, inversions and backbends before softening into relaxation. Practicing Ashtanga allows students to focus internally as the intense postures build great strength and flexibility.

Frequently used class terms:

Yoga: Union of mind, body and spirit

Yogi: Practitioner of Yoga

Prana: Life force

Pranayama: Breath Extension

Ujayi: Type of breath

 

Asana: Seat or Posture

Mudra: Seal

Chakra: Energy Center

Drishti: Gazing Point

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation): Exercise performed in a flow or series

Vinyasa: Dynamic flowing form of yoga

Ashtanga: Eight limb union

Om: Sound of the universe

Shanti: Peace

Namaste: The light in me honors the light in you


POSTURE KNOWLEDGE

We’ve outlined a few basic poses to familiarize yourself with before your first yoga class. Below are the traditional Sanskrit names and pronunciation as well as the names in English. A summary of the benefits of each pose is included.

Padmasana or Lotus Pose

  • Pod-MAHS-anna
  • Benefits:
  • Calms the brain
  • Stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and bladder
  • Stretches the ankles and knees

Balasana or Child’s Pose

  • Bah-LAHS- anna
  • Benefits:
  • Gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles
  • Relieves back and neck pain
 

Marjaryasana & Bitilasana or Cat & Cow Pose

  • Mahr-jahr-ee-AHS-uh-nuh & Bee-tee-LAHS-uh-nuh
  • Benefits:
  • Stretches the back, torso, lower spine, core muscles and neck
  • Provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs

Paschimottanasana or Seated Forward Fold

  • POSH-ee-moh-tan-AHS-anna
  • Benefits:
  • Stretches spine, shoulders, and hamstrings
  • Stimulates the livers, kidneys, ovaries and uterus
 

Bada Konasana or Bound Angle Pose

  • BAH-dah Cone- AHS-anna
  • Benefits:
  • Stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder and kidney
  • Improves circulation
  • Stretches inner thighs, groin, and knees

Tadasana or Mountain Pose

  • Tah-DAHS-uh-nuh
  • Benefits:
  • Improves posture, balance and calms focus
  • Strengthens the thighs, knees, ankles, abdomen and buttocks

Vrikasana or Tree Pose

  • Vrik-SHAS-ana
  • Benefits:
  • Strengthens thighs, calves, ankles and spine
  • Stretches groin and inner thighs
  • Improves sense of balance

Uttanasana or Standing Forward Fold

  • OOT- tan- AHS- ahna
  • Benefits:
  • Stimulates the liver and kidneys
  • Stretches and strengthens the hamstrings, calves and hips
  • Improves digestion

Chaturanga Dandasana or Four Limbed Staff Pose

  • Chah-tuur-ANGH-uh Dahn-DAHS-uh-nuh
  • Benefits:
  • Strengthens arms, shoulders and leg muscles
  • Develops core stability

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana  or Upward Facing Dog

  • OORD-vuh MOO-kuh Shvan-AHS-uh-nuh
  • Benefits:
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens spine, arms, wrists, chest, lungs, shoulders and abdomen
  • Firms the buttocks
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
 

Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog

  • Ah-doh MOO-kuh Shvan-AHS-uh-nuh
  • Benefits:
  • Stronger hands, wrists, lower back, upper body, chest, hamstrings, and calves
  • Strengthens back and elongates the cervical spine
  • Increases full body circulation

Utthita Trikonasana or Triangle Pose

  • Oo-TEE-tah Tree-kone-AHS-ana
  • Benefits:
  • Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, ankles, hips, hamstrings, calves, chest and spine
  • Stimulates abdominal organs

Utthita Parsvakonasana or Extended Side Angle Pose

  • Oo-TEE-tah Parsh-vah-cone-AHS-ana
  • Benefits:
  • Strengthens and stretches legs, knees, ankles, groin, spine waist, and chest
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Increases stamina

Savasana or Corpse Pose

  • Shah-VAh-sah-nah
  • Benefits:
  • Intended to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit