All you need to know as a beginner is Inhale, Exhale, Repeat.
The yoga practice uses awareness, breath, and movement to create harmony and balance within our multi-dimensional beings, while living in a highly integrated and complex world. We work with the physical body and meet ourselves where we are today. Within our practice of the poses we begin to see increased health, well-being, and vitality in our lives. Yoga is a verb- a daily process that helps us shift from chaos to calm. Yoga aims to uncover the beauty within us and help us see it in all people.
FAQS About Yoga
by Dani McGuire
Q: What is yoga?
Yoga is a system of holistic health that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. In America we focus mainly on Asana (physical postures for removing toxins and illness in the physical body). As we work through the physical postures, the emotional and mental parts of ourselves also relax, and we see an increase in mind-body health and our overall well-being.
Q: Do I have to tie myself in a pretzel to practice yoga?
NO! The most common statement I hear is “I am not flexible enough to do yoga”. The goal of yoga is to quiet the distractions of the mind and increase our health and concentration. Yoga says that all illness and addictive behavior(like over eating, drinking, etc..)begins in the mind, and to change our thoughts into more positive ones, we have to change our habitual patterns and “I can’t” statements. In yoga practices, our mind and bodies relax simultaneously.
Q: What are some benefits of yoga?
STRESS REDUCTION! It is almost immediate. Yoga also improves circulation, increases flexibility, and strengthens the body and bones. Yoga balances the body and all of our systems. The effects do not happen overnight, but with practice, yoga is one of the most lasting modalities for wellness. I have practically cured my asthma, and have said goodbye to panic attacks and an eating disorder.
Q: Is yoga safe?
In most cases, yes. However, if you select the wrong level of yoga class, an unqualified teacher, or have physical ailments, you could risk injuries. We recommend consulting with one of our support team to help you achieve your goals and get you in the right place. It is very important to attend the right class with certified instructors and to let them know of potential physical problems. Pranayoga is different then most other studios in the U.S. founded by a yoga therapist, but we still have a variety of classes and teachers so we want to make sure you find the right one for YOU.
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Q: How often should I practice yoga?
(As often as you breathe!!) Just joking, however, as you begin to notice your habitual patterns throughout the day, you will begin carrying what you learn in the yoga classroom to the office and into your home. Which is a great thing for everyone!
For example, when I am stressed I hold my breath which causes tension and more stress(sympathetic nervous system response) I am not going to be fun to be around after a few minutes of this! The awareness I have developed of this stress response, has given me a chance to change this unhealthy pattern; do some deep breathing when it appears, and flip the switch to the parasympathetic response.(It works great for kids and adults alike!-check out our kids and family yoga:) The physical practice should ideally be done 2-3 times a week. Some people do fine just coming once a week and others come almost every day even doubling up on classes; such as an active class+restorative or yin. It is best to listen to your body and balance more active classes with gentle ones, when beginning.
Q: Is yoga for men and women?
Yes, on average there are more women than men in a class, however some schools have an almost even ratio. When yoga began in India it was taught just to men. Eventually it was allowed to be taught to women and children. Now, thankfully, it is for everybody!
Q: How much do I have to invest in yoga?
Memberships to yoga schools are comparable to memberships at most gyms. You can get classes under $3 per day with monthly and yearly memberships. Our yearly membership is just $79/month for a 12 month contract or $750 when paid in full. This gets you unlimited yoga at 3 locations, over 90 classes per week to choose from and some of the most highly trained teachers in the U.S. This also this enrolls you in our pranaperks program to receive discounts on gear, master teacher workshops, and free passes for your friends. Check out other memberships/passes available
Q: What should I wear to a yoga class?
Comfortable clothing. Sweats, t-shirts, and many yoga clothes are available in our boutique. The best part is no expensive footwear necessary!
Q: What are the best classes, if you are brand new to yoga?
Our Yoga 101 Workshop (All beginner yoga class held in a 5 week series) or our New To Yoga package (includes a private yoga session and two weeks of unlimited yoga) are both great ways to start. If you have taken yoga before or done videos at home, you may enjoy starting with our All-Levels classes. Experienced yogis and athletes love Vinyasa Flow.
The Benefits of Yoga
- Overall Increase In Well-being and Vitality(Prana)
The more consistently you practice the more benefits you will achieve. Practice should be done in a relaxed/not forceful way and often.
Best Ways to Begin!
Setting up for Success
To get the most out of your yoga experience practice often and always inform your instructor of any injuries, illness, or acute discomfort prior to any class. Yoga is very safe but certain postures may aggravate any inflamed or irritated parts of the body. The benefits come from the awareness, not how far your stretch. Get to know and respect your body and it’s capabilites. All exercise programs involve a risk of injury. The following guidelines will help ensure more benefits for a safer, sustainable practice.
- Listen to the instructions carefully.
- Do not perform postures or movements that are painful to you.
- Breathe smoothly and continyously as you move.
- Do not hold your breath or strain to attain any position,
- Work gently, respecting your body’s abilities and limits.
- Ask for help if you are unsure how to perform a certain movement,
- For menstrating woman, it is not recommended to invert.
- Pregnant women must consult their health care provider before starting yoga and may enjoy our pranamommas prenatal classes!
Meditation provides instant results. You do not have to wait for enlightenment. Meditation is like sleep, the harder you try the more you know you are not going to fall asleep, but meditation is different from sleep because just by “practicing” meditation or sitting and concentrating on an object of choice. Your mind and body receive all of the benefits, even if you never reach the state of meditation.
Herbert Benson, MD and his associates at Harvard Medical School have been conducting research since 1967, validating many of the physiological benefits of meditation. His subjects in meditation have shown reduction of chemicals associated with anxiety in the blood stream, brain waves slowed to patterns associated with relaxation, basal metabolic rate reduced (the energy a body expends at rest), heart rate lowered, muscle tension decreased and, for some, blood pressure also dropped. Benson used the term “relaxation response” to describe the constellation of effects produced by meditation states. He built on the work of WB Cannon on the fight-or-flight response and WR Hess’ protective mechanisms against overstress.
The Benefits they Discovered
• Lowers oxygen consumption. Decreases respiratory rate.
• Increases blood flow and slows heart rate
• Increases exercise tolerance in heart patients
• Leads to a deeper level of relaxation. Good for people with high blood pressure..returns it to normal
• Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering levels of blood lactate.
• Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension )and headaches.
• Builds self confidence
• Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis, etc.
• Reduces pre-menstral syndrome
• Helps in post-operative healing.
• Enhances the immune system. Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of natural-killer cells, which kill bacteria and cancer cells. Also reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
• Increases serotonin production which influences mood and behavior. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
Root similar to “medicate” or “medical” and implies a sense of attending to or paying attention to something.
In Meditation you pay attention to your most subtle bodies.
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