FAQs

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What is Yoga?

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The word “yoga” means union or to join. A person who practices yoga is called a yogi.  Yoga is a philosophy that originated from India more than 5,000 years ago and the practice of yoga is believed to have been collated an estimated 2,000 years ago into a book called the Yoga Sutra.

In Yoga, what we are trying to do is to connect the movement of the physical body, with the fluctuations of the mind and the rhythm of the breath. It is a system that is designed to strengthen not only the physical body, but also the mind, and to create a greater sense of self-awareness. A typical yoga class involves physical postures, breath awareness, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.

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I’m not flexible – Can I do yoga?

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Of course you can. You are the perfect student for yoga. Many people think that they have to be flexible to do yoga, but that is like thinking you have to be able to play tennis before taking tennis lessons. As your yoga practice progresses, you will find that you become more flexible. This newfound flexibility will be balanced by increase in strength, coordination and, an increase sense of well being.

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What do I need to begin my first class?

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All you really need to bring in your first class is your curious mind. But it will also be helpful to have a pair of leggings, or shorts, and a comfortable top. It would be helpful to bring a towel to class too. You do not need to bring a yoga mat, as the studio will provide. However, as your practice develops, you might want to consider buying your own yoga mat.

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How is Yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?

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Yoga is different, as we do not focus on just the physical postures. It is unique as we connect the movement of physical postures with our mind, following the rhythm of our breath. It is this connection that brings awareness internally. We become more aware of how we are feeling from moment to moment. This awareness that is cultivated makes our yoga a practice. There is no goal or task to be completed. As you find your body becoming more flexible, your mind will become more flexible too.

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Should I eat before practice?

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In our yoga practice, we will be doing postures that involve twisting from side to side, bending forward or backward. If you had a heavy meal and is not fully digested, you might feel uncomfortable while practising. However, if you are worried that you might get hungry or weak during class, try a light snack such as nuts or some juice at least 30 minutes before class.

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What type of class is suitable for me?

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We have a Vinyasa class, which is a flowing class that synchronises movement of the physical body with your breath. It is an all levels class as we provide modifications throughout the class to cater to the different levels of students. We also have a Gentle Yoga class that is perfect for beginners or for students that would prefer a slower practice on that day.

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Is Yoga a religion?

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Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. Everyone can practice yoga regardless of religious beliefs.