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WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is the practice of connecting mind and body.  This connection of mind & body are practiced through asanas, pranayama, and meditation.  Yoga means to join or unite.  It comes from the Sanskrit word “yuj”.  Yoga is the study of your self.  What can you aspire to today? When practiced, yoga can center your mind, and allow you to experience the moment you are in, within this busy evolving world.  It is a therapy, stress relief, and a moving mediation for your entire being. 

WHAT IS HATHA YOGA?
Hatha yoga is one branch of the yogic paths that focuses on the physical body.  The body is used as the tool to find enlightenment. Hatha yoga is the branch of yoga that is primary about asanas (postures), although Pranayama (art of breathing) and meditation are also focused on. Within Hatha yoga are sub styles, Vinyasa yoga that I teach is a division off hatha yoga.

WHOM IS YOGA GOOD FOR?

People of all ages, sizes and experience can practice yoga. (When beginning any new workout program,  please consult a physician before hand, especially those that have high-blood pressure, hernia, those suffering from back conditions, heart ailments, and women that are pregnant.)

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily. (Sweatpants, shorts, tank tops, tee shirts etc..) Yoga is practiced in bare feet, so remove your shoes and socks before coming to your mat. Long hair should be pulled back, and dangly earrings should be removed.  There can be many distractions in life.  Allow the time that you spend practicing yoga to be free of distractions by wearing appropriate attire.

I HAVE NEVER TAKEN A YOGA CLASS BEFORE, WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
I teach in the Vinyasa, or flowing style of hatha yoga that focuses on synchronizing movement with the breath.  Principles of alignment, breathing, mindfulness, and grace will be taught.  Each class can be catered to your level and needs. Ranging from gentle, vigorous and restorative.  All classes will include: Warm-up Vinyasa, Breath Awareness (Pranayama), Standing alignment, Side bending, Balancing, Forward bending, Twisting, Backward bending, Inversion or inversion preparations, Meditation, and OM

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF OM?
Chanting Om is a way to begin and end class.  Om is a sound; it helps unify the energy of all chanting together.   In Hinduism OM is the first sound every made, and from the vibration of OM, life was created.  Om is made of four sounds, ah/oh/mmm/silence. The first three sounds of Om represent the waking, dream, and deep sleep states, with the silence representing great bliss.    
 
WHAT IS PRANAYAMA? WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?
Pranayama is the art of breathing.  Paying close attention to your breath, and relating to it in designed breathing exercises that relax the body, relieves tension, improves concentration, and awakens the respiratory system.  Practicing pranayama helps us to connect to ourselves.  This is a tool that we can do anywhere, and whenever we like because our breath is always with us.  All we have to do is cultivate the awareness that it is there by simply feeling your normal inhale and exhale, or using techniques of breath manipulation.   

WHAT IS SHAMATHA MEDITATION? WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?
Mindful meditation practice to keep us centered.  In this practice, the eyes are kept open.  The purpose is about being present in the moment and experiencing all the thoughts and feelings that may arise. Label those thoughts “thinking” and let them pass.  Shamatha is not a internal meditation.  The key is to fully stabilize awareness by paying attention to your breath. 

WHAT IS PRACTICE?
Practice is the journey to finding one true self/enlightenment.  Yoga is a learning experience about ourselves. Each day brings something new and different from the day before.  It is not a competition.    It’s a continual process.  As an example: What do you want to get out of yoga?  Maybe it is mental focus and relaxation.  One day you feel like you completely became relaxed while practicing.  Do you stop going to yoga class? No because it is a continual practice.  The mental focus and relaxation is not a goal that you should strive to accomplish, but a constant exploration.