Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA? WHY DO YOGA INSTEAD OF SOMETHING ELSE?
The benefits of yoga have been well-studied and are numerous. The most immediate and obvious benefits of continuous practice are weight loss, increased metabolism, increased flexibility, detoxification/cleansing of the body and the mind, increased stamina and cardiovascular fitness, improved balance, improved posture, increased focus, deeper relaxation and better sleep. For centuries yogis have also reported experiencing relief from chronic pain, an enhanced immune and nervous system response, and overall improvement of the general health of the mind and body. Yoga is a complete discipline, so that if you only practiced yoga, you would still get a complete and comprehensive workout of all parts of the body.
Yoga is unique because it provides all of these benefits while remaining a “low to no impact” form of exercise. That is, yoga does not generally cause repetitive stress injuries like many other forms of exercise like running, aerobics, cycling, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, weight-lifting, etc.). In fact, many yogis have experienced that yoga helps them avoid or overcome such injuries through regular practice, strengthening the joints and connective tissue in preparation for, and also speeding the recovery from, such activities. For that reason, it is a perfect complement to these and other activities, and many students use yoga as a complement to their other activities and sports while others practice yoga exclusively. Of course, one can be injured in yoga and so this is why it is important to work within your limitations and consider yoga a lifetime practice and a journey to be savored with slow, appreciable changes to the mind, body and spirit over time.
I AM NOT VERY FLEXIBLE AND I HAVE POOR BALANCE. CAN I DO YOGA?
Yes, increased flexibility and greater balance is a benefit of yoga, not a prerequisite for starting. We often hear "Oh, I can't do yoga, I can't even touch my toes." Our answer is, yes you can touch your toes, just bend your knees. Yoga is for EVERYONE.
I AM INJURED/PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED/ILL/OUT OF SHAPE, CAN I STILL DO YOGA?
Our yoga classes are intended to allow everyone to practice, with some modifications. The benefits of yoga are too numerous to list here. Generally, your body will tell you where your limits are. You should listen to your body. You still derive benefit no matter how deeply you get into a posture, so you should not feel as though you have to do the posture “as well as” or “like” the next person, because every person’s body is different. We’d like to take the comparing out of the practice completely. We believe that wherever you are in your practice is beautiful and exactly where you are supposed to be, even as you work to open up more. There is no perfect posture, and even the best yogis can still benefit from some adjustment. Yoga is a discipline and a practice, not a competition. However, before beginning any exercise regimen, including yoga, you should consult with and obtain the approval of your physician.
I AM A CHRISTIAN/MUSLIM/HINDU/ BUDDHIST/SUFI/ ETC. IS YOGA CONTRARY TO MY RELIGION? IS YOGA A RELIGION?
Absolutely not. First, yoga is not a religion, it is a discipline, not unlike martial arts in a way. Yoga is essentially a form of active meditation (you might call it exercise) and many people find that it helps them to relax and quiet their minds and actually deepens their understanding of whatever religious philosophy they espouse (if any), because a quiet mind is ready to receive knowledge. It is up to you to set your own intention before each class. Some people come to yoga for the physical fitness aspect, some seek balance, some seek flexibility, some seek to lose weight and some come for the calming benefits and are more drawn to the meditative aspects of yoga. Our yoga classes do all of this, and all of these reasons are great reasons for coming. The wonderful thing about yoga is that you do not have to believe in its benefits to receive them; they happen anyway.
I TRIED X KIND OF YOGA AND THEY DO THIS OR THAT POSTURE DIFFERENTLY. WHO IS RIGHT?
Yoga is an ancient tradition with modern offshoots. There are as many variations of it (and indeed as many variations of a single asana (posture)) as there are limbs on a very old tree. There is no right version or wrong version, just different versions of postures. The only wrong way is a way that is likely to lead to injury. Some teachers try to stick very close to the classic ways of practicing yoga and recently there have been a number of updated variations on these classic branches of yoga. However, they are all yoga and we try not to judge other teachers, studios, or methods. At YogaOne, we try to combine the classical with the modern to get the benefits of both. Generally, many of our postures have roots in the ancient tradition and perhaps in some cases, haven’t changed much at all. Remember, thousands of years ago, yoga was traditionally practiced by holy men in caves and, so, some of the ancient practices need modification for the world we live in today.
WILL I EVER BE ABLE TO DO "THAT" POSE?
Eventually, maybe, but it all depends upon how long, how consistenly, and how hard you practice. Maybe it is 5 weeks or 5 months or 5 years away. Moreover, it isn’t beneficial to compare yourself to others in the class. Every person’s body is different and yoga isn’t about competition, it is about being disciplined in your practice, listening to the dialogue and doing the best you can do for that day. Struggling to get into a posture isn’t beneficial. Learning to work without struggle is. If you’ve done that, you will receive 100% of the benefits of yoga.
SHOULD I EAT BEFORE CLASS?
No, you should not eat at least two hours prior to class. Yoga on a full stomach is not a good idea.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO CLASS?
You should bring a mat and water, however, both are provided at our studio and included at no additional cost.
WHAT DO I WEAR TO CLASS?
Wear comfortable clothing. Something you can move in and don't mind getting sweaty.
HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND A CLASS?