There are many different schools of thought on yoga. There are also a variety of styles from which to choose. Click any of the links on the left to learn more about a particular style. If you are new to yoga, you might find the following information interesting and helpful.
DID YOU KNOW????
- Yoga is over 5000 years old.
- Yoga originated in India.
- "Yoga" is a Sanskrit word, which means "to yoke" or "to bind."
- "Asana" is what the yoga postures are called.
- Several asanas done in succession without a break or pause is called a "vinyasa." Sun Salutation is an example of a vinyasa.
- Yoga should be done on an empty stomach. Prior to practicing yoga, you should only eat something light, at least two hours before the class.
- Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn to do yoga.
- Yoga increases flexibility, lowers stress, and increases your energy level.
Yoga is a process-oriented activity. The idea is to focus awareness on exactly what you are doing in the moment, to be mindful.
Yoga coordinates the breath with movement, allowing you to fully experience the stretch. Yoga is not about simply completing a stretch so that you can move on to the next one. It is about being present in the moment.
Yoga is not about competition or comparing. When practicing yoga, one goes within, being aware of what is happening inside the body. Whatever the body can do in a yoga session is exactly what it should be doing. One accepts without judging.
As you continue practicing yoga, you may find that yoga can lead to a journey within yourself. You may find the link between the body, mind and spirit to offer a new area of inner growth and self-understanding.