What is Yoga?
How many times per week should I practice yoga?
Yoga is a great form of excercise. Even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly start to experience more benefits. It is suggested to start with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time. If you can't do that, and you only have 30 minutes, that too is perfectly fine. Do what you can, allow your body to learn as you go and don't be too hard on yourself. Soon you will find that your body will be naturally drawn to yoga and will ask you for more.
How Is Yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?
Yoga is more than just physical postures. Unlike stretching or fitness, which mainly focuses on the excercise. The physical Yoga Practice is just one of aspect of yoga just as Patanjali's eight-fold path illustrates
Yoga is unique because it connects the movement of the body and with your breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we become more aware of our experiences. You can expect for your body and your mind to become more flexible the more you pratice yoga.
Is Yoga a Religion?
No. Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be confused with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga yoga) is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.
You do not hve to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.
What is Zoom and how does it work?
Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Setting up for zoom is straight forward, once you register to a class you will receive a link and clicking on that link will bring you to the video conference room where the class will take place. For further information on zoom read their frequently asked questions here
How do you practice Yoga online?
Yoga Online is practiced same as if you were in a studio but instead of being in person with other students and your teacher, you will be following live instructions from your teacher on your device. Instead of having people around you, you are in the comfort of your own home and can take the final savasana as long as you wish. We use zoom as a platform to teach.
Why are you not meant to eat 2–3 hours before class?
Everyone's body is different, but generally eathng 2-3 hours before practicing yoga is not idea. While practicing yoga you will go upside down, twis and bend forward and back so having a full stomach may feel uncomfortable. Everyone is different so the best advise is generally to experiment with light snacks if you are really hungry right before class but see how you feel.
Can I do Yoga if I'm not flexible?
Yes, everyone can do yoga even if you are not particularly flexible. There is a common misbelief that you must be flexible to practice yoga. The yoga will help with your flexibility, but the goal is not to stick your leg behind your head. In yoga you improve not only flexibility but also strength, coordination and overal well-being.
What do I need to start yoga?
All you need to start practicing yoga is an open mind interested in learning and comfortable sportswear, don' t worry about shoes as you will be barefoot. If you are practicing at home you will need a mat and it could be helpful to have props such as yoga blocks or straps (if practicing at home and you do not have these, improvise with pillows and bath robe belts will do).