Yoga derives from the Sanskrit word yuj. It means to yoke or bind. It is often referred to as a "union" between breath, body, the mind and the emotions. Yogi refers to a male practitioner and yogini refers to a female practitioner. Most scholars agree that yoga is around 5,000 years old. Most contemporary forms of yoga have roots from the writings of an Indian sage named Patanjali who compiled the Yoga Sutra around 2,000 years ago. This is a collection of 195 verses or aphorisms that includes the eight limbs of yoga (also known as Raja Yoga.) These limbs include: the yamas (external disciplines), the niyamas (internal disciplines), asanas (yoga postures - which is the limb that most people today associate with yoga), pranayama (breath regulation), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (enlightenment, liberation, immersion, absorption).
Ha means "sun" and tha means "moon". This implies a balance between hot and cold, active and inactive, strong and soft, yin and yang, etc. Hatha can also mean willful. Hatha yoga refers to the physical exercises and postures (asanas) that are designed to bring balance and alignment to the body, mind and heart. In this practice, there is particular emphasis on the alignment, balance and flexibilities along the spinal column. The focus on the breath is the essential tool that keeps us fully present within the moment.
Bhakti refers to the yoga of love and devotion. Flow refers to the seamless synthesis of the movements between body, breath and heart. Our yoga classes are taught as vinyasa, which is a flowing sequence of yoga poses that take us deeper into the practice with time. We emphasize the importance of dedicating the practice to others in this world. This is a central aspect of Bhakti.
No, it is not. Yoga is a philosophy, science and art that comes from India and is estimated to be 5,000 years old.
Yoga is more than the physical. We tap into the awakening of dormant energies throughout the body, mind and heart. Through the steadying of the mind within the practice, we learn quite a lot about ourselves, our attachments and our avoidances. With true compassion, we begin to let go of negative mental patterns and self-imposed limitations that may prevent us from feeling connected to present time energy.
You will feel a difference after one class. It really is that powerful. Try to stick with it three or more times a week. But do not worry if you don't have that much time. Just try and do a little something as often as you are able, even twenty minutes at home a few times a week is fine. The more you bring the practice into your life the faster the benefits will find you! You should always take at least one day off a week though. I truly believe that you only get out of it what you put into it.
This is all the more reason to come do yoga! After all, if you were going to school to learn Spanish, would they expect you to already know the language? Our instructors are talented and compassionate guides who look forward to showing you different ways for you to touch your toes and your heart!
Chanting is unique to certain schools of yoga. We believe in the healing qualities of sound and vibration. It is not a religious element. Yet we do respect all religions and encourage you to use the practice of yoga to enhance your personal belief system. We have no dogma here. You're welcome to chant and you are welcome not to chant. Sometimes, it's just nice to sing for the heck of singing, tone deaf or not!
Try not to eat two-three hours before you practice. We twist the body and turn it upside down and bend it forward quite a lot. If you do need to nourish yourself, consider a light snack like juice, soymilk, or a handful of nuts 30 minutes before hand.
Wear something easy to move about in like sweat pants, leggings, or shorts, Nothing too loose otherwise you'll be adjusting it a lot. And nothing too restrictive so that you can move easily. Wear what feels comfortable and what can handle sweat. One thing you should not wear is a scent. Make sure you shower and remove perfumes or colognes. Don't worry about footwear since we practice barefoot. Please do not wear shoes into the actual yoga room.
MATS: We do not rent yoga mats. Please bring your own. There may be a few “loaner” mats available for new students and for special circumstances. Once these are all taken, the only other options will be to purchase a mat or return for a different class.
TOWELS: You may rent a clean laundered 20"x40" towel for $2. We also sell mats, towels, and other yoga goodies in our rental area!
We do not sell or encourage use of plastic water bottles. Bring your own bottle or canteen and fill up at our Hydration Station, which pours forth pure, filtered water. We sell canteens in case you forget yours.
Make sure you review our class schedule and select an appropriate class for your level and your schedule. You can register online and even sign up at the studio. Make sure you allow for time to find parking and for checking in. Please note that we have an agreement with a nearby garage for $4 for 2.5 hours of parking. We must validate your parking ticket in order for you to get the discount rate. We highly encourage public transit and cycling. If you ride a bike, you may bring it upstairs and leave it in our secure reception area.
We are a donation-based center. All our regular classes are by donation. Workshops and trainings are specific rates. You may pay by cash or credit card. A recommended cash donation is between $12-22. But this is only a guideline. We gratefully accept what you offer. A single class visit paid by debit/credit card donation is set at $16. You may purchase multi-class cards and passes online or at the studio.
Thank you for checking out our studio and this information. I do hope it helps you realize that you are absolutely welcome at our center. Please call on us if we can be of support to your practice.
With love from the heart of the Beloved,