New to Yoga

Yoga is an ancient Indian system dealing with well being of our mind, body and soul. This system of yoga is depicted as a physical and spiritual practice for focus and concentration and meditation. Yoga is a practical philosophy, a science involving every aspect of a person's being. It encourages the evolution of the individual through the development of self-discipline and self-awareness. A refined system of physical development, the practice of yoga focuses not only on flexibility but also on strength, balance and endurance.


Benefits of Yoga

  • Proper functioning of organs, nerves and glands
  • Improved circulation and respiration - both essential ingredients for cardiovascular fitness
  • An aid to digestion
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Improved coordination
  • Increased vitality
  • Stress reduction
  • Strengthening the bones due to weight bearing nature of many of the poses
  • An aid to the endocrine system in maintaining hormonal balance

 

GENERAL RULES FOR A YOGA CLASS

  • Do arrive 10-5 minutes early to help yourself settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class, breathe and get centered.
  • Eat at least 2 hours before practicing yoga to avoid nausea or cramps.
  • Food can be taken after 20-30 minutes of practicing yoga
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes for practicing yoga
  • Bring a yoga mat, a towel and a bottle of water for yourself.
  • Do let your teacher know about your injuries or conditions that might affect your practice. If you are injured or tired, skip poses which you can't or shouldn't do or try a modified version.
  • Do not overstretch yourself. Instead of trying to get as deeply or completely into a pose as others might be able to do, do what you can without straining or injuring yourself. Maintain a slow but steady attitude.
  • Please keep your cell phones on silent mode while in class so the peace of the practice is not disturbed.
  • Please be quiet. It's great to share a class with people you know but it can be distracting to yourself and others to have a conversation in the class.
  • Please try not to enter the class late or leave early as it is disruptive to others.
  • Do take time afterwards to think about what you did in class, so that you can retain what you learned. Review the poses you practiced, even if you remember just one thing from each class, you will soon have a lot of information that can deepen your own personal practice.