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1. What is Yoga?
Yoga originated over 5,000 years ago in India. It is the oldest and most complete science known today in the human race. The language in those times was called Sanskrit, so the words used in yoga today are derived from the ancient Sanskrit texts.
Yoga means union in English. It implies the union of mind, body and inner spirit. Anyone can do yoga, no matter their physical or mental abilities.
2. Is Yoga a Religion?
Yoga is a practical aid not a religion. Its techniques may be practiced by individuals of any religion. Yoga is union with all.
3. What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is one of many styles of yoga and is the most common style of yoga in the western culture. “Ha”; means: Sun, “Tha” means: Moon. “Ha” consists of compressive, tensing, heating, masculine energies. “Tha” consists of decompressing, relaxing, cooling, feminine energies. In its simplest form, it is the practice of physical postures (Asanas), mindful breathing control (Pranayama), and the art of conscious relaxation.
When practicing Hatha Yoga, you integrate the 2 energies to give total overall mental and physical balance.
Although Hatha Yoga is typically yoga of the physical body, its main aim is the same as every other form of yoga, which is self-realization, and mind control, (Raja Yoga).
4. What is Raja Yoga?
Raja means royal or kingly. Hatha Yoga is a form of Raja Yoga that emphasizes asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breath control). Raja Yoga uses a psychological approach, based on a practical system of concentration and controlling of the mind through observation of your own thoughts during your yoga practice and meditation.
5. Want to learn more about the other styles of yoga?
There are many links on the internet that will answer your questions in depth. A particularly good link is: www.yogaworld.org. Any other further questions, do not hesitate E-mail me.
6. Should I practice Yoga when I am menstruating?
The answer is yes. The most important thing is to listen to your body and how it is feeling. You may need a more relaxing and passive class. Every woman has a different experience with their period. Although there is no medical reason not to do inverted poses, you may choose to keep your feet or butt on the floor during the times of your heaviest flow.
7. I have physical limitations, can I do yoga?
The answer is yes. Speak to an instructor first, to ensure they have the right qualifications for you. Explain and discuss your physical limitations and find out what style of yoga is best for you. You may need a one on one class to start. See schedule for details. In most cases there are variations of every pose to accommodate your physical needs.
8. What is Namaste?
Namaste is traditionally an Indian greeting. The gesture (Mudra) is made by bringing both palms together before the heart and lightly bowing the head. “Nama”; means bend, incline or bow in English, and “Te” means you. Bringing these 2 words together is a sense of submitting oneself to another with complete humility, while recognizing and honoring the equality in all.
9. What are the benefits of yoga?
– Reduces stress
– Improves quality of sleep
– Improves breathing and lung capacity
– Muscular toning and strengthening
– Improved flexibility and circulation
– Improves balance of body and mind
– Corrects posture and body alignment
– Maintains and builds bone density
– Increased concentration
– Improves digestion and metabolism
– Rejuvenates joint function
– Increases self-awareness
– Gives peace and joy!!!