Wednesday: Ashtanga Mysore 4-7p.m, Presence Flow with Aida at 7.30p.m.!
We are glad you’ve decided to have a healthy life habit and start doing yoga. In order to support your decision, here’s some advice:
1. Start from the beginning
We would advice you to start first with our classes of Vinyasa fundamentals, which you can check out in our schedule. Also if you like more traditional styles you can start with Ashtanga Mysore in which you will learn pose by pose, which is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga Yoga.
2. What should I bring to my first Yoga class?
It is not necessary to sign up in advance just come 10 or 15 mins before the class. All you need is comfortable clothes, a small towel and a good will. We practice bare-foot. Mats, blocks and other equipment can be used at the studio. If you have your own mat and you wish to use it, you can leave it at the studio. We encourage you to purchase your own mat.
3. Personal health record
When you arrive for the first time, you will be asked to fill in your personal record stating any injuries or any kind of health problems, so please share with a teacher anything you may find important for him/her to know.
Ladies: If you are having your days in a month (women’s moon cycle or your period) please note that you should not be doing any inversions, you can let your teacher know about it before the class, for health reasons. Should you have any questions, doubts or suggestions, we kindly ask you to let us know. We are here for you!
Except these tips, please read our practice guide and Q&A.
How often do I have to practice yoga?
The first answer would be “the more, the better”, with today’s life-style it is hard to find more than two to three hours a week for a yoga class. However, two/three classes per week are perfect for a start.
If I do yoga, will I lose weight and have a nice body?
Yoga helps maintaining a healthy metabolism, thus benefiting to maintaining your body weight which is very important for your health. Also, it makes your body stronger and elongates muscles. But, physical and mental health are the main reasons for practicing yoga. Nice and proportionate body is just a positive consequence of yoga practice. Also, nutriton is the key factor when practicing Yoga.
What if I’m not flexible enough?
You shouldn’t be worried about it when coming to Yoga. Many people have problems with tight shoulders, or hamstrings because of the poor posture and not enough activities, so just come, you will feel the results very soon and also feel much better. Flexibility comes with time, just be patient.
What does Namaste mean?
Namaste is an Indian expression which, with clasped hands in front of the heart, is used as a greeting and a sign of respect. This gesture means “I respect the spirit in you that also dwells in me”. Thus, we express the recognition that we are all equal, that we all carry the light within where there’s Love, Truth and Peace. Literally translated from Sanskrit it means “I bow to you”. At the end of the class the teacher uses Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect.
What does OM mean?
Om is a mantra which is traditionally chanted at the beginning and at the end of the yoga class. Hindus believe that OM is a sign or vibration which created the universe. But what does vibration mean? Old yogis knew what scientists proved only in the last century, that everything around us, even ourselves, is energy. Everything is a vibration. By chanting OM (AUM) we connect with that vibration, energy of everything around us. Connection or union is the essence of yoga.
Why is Savasana important at the end of the class?
Savasana is a position of conscious relaxation. Though there are also many philosophycal and spiritual reasons, we will explain what happens on the physical level: active and very often demanding positions in yoga stimulate bone-muscle system, inner organs and the nervous system. After dynamic set of asanas Savasana will calm your breath, slow your heart beats, relax your body and calm your mind. In a way, Savasana “resets” your body after the dynamic sequence of yoga asanas. That is why at the end of the class we feel rested and full of energy, and not tired.