Especially designed for those new to yoga, Yoga for Beginners is a great introduction to this ancient spiritual and physical discipline. In our beginner yoga, we will explore the key elements that make up the practice of yoga, including:
basic postures with proper alignment. The role and importance of breath techniques for enhancing a sense of moving meditation.
GENTLE HATHA YOGA
Hatha Yoga is the most popular branch of Yoga and from which many other styles originate, including Kripalu, Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. Hatha Incorporates together physical poses, breathing techniques and meditation to bring health to the body and quiet or peacefulness to the mind. Good for those looking for a working stretch and a mild challenge.
Restorative Yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety. Restorative Yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed. Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.
Yin Yoga is suitable for almost all levels of students, and a perfect complement to the dynamic and more muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine, but can be done for the entire body. It targets the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.
While initially this style of yoga may seem very passive or soft, Yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We can remain in the posture anywhere from one to twenty minutes!
Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about!
After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice!
PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION
Our breathing is influenced by our thoughts, and our thoughts and physiology can be influenced by our breath. Learning to breathe consciously and with awareness can be a valuable tool in helping to restore balance in the mind and body.
Researchers have documented the benefits of a regular practice of simple, deep breathing (Pranayama)
Reduced anxiety and depression
Lower/stabilized blood pressure
Increased energy levels
Decreased feelings of stress and overwhelm
Meditation is a system of commitment, not commandment. You are committing to yourself, to your path, and to the goal of knowing yourself. But, at the same time learning to be calm and still should not become a ceremony or religious ritual; it is a universal requirement of the human body.
Researchers have documented these benefits to be just a few that are gained by a regular meditative practice:
Keeps you stress free
Adds more hours to your day
Helps you appreciate life more
Helps you feel more connected
Makes you and those around you happier
Improves functioning of your brain
Helps you have a good nights sleep
Improves metabolism and helps you to lose weight
Increases immunity and helps fight disease
Increases your attention span
Come dressed in stretchy, comfortable clothes and plan to practice in bare feet. You may want a warmer outer layer to wear during "savasana" (final relaxation). We provide all props except the mats for use at the studio. Once you get started, for hygienic reasons, you may decide to purchase your own, blanket or bolster.
Avoid eating at least an hour or two before doing yoga; but drink water before and after class.
Prenatal students should eat lightly about an hour before class and may bring water and a snack as well.
That's OK. "I'm not flexible!" is the most common thing we hear from new students. You don't have to be able to tie yourself into a pretzel to enjoy yoga practice. Yoga is noncompetitive and everyone is encouraged to practice at their own pace and listen to their body's messages. It's not about doing the pose perfectly, it's about receiving the benefits of the pose in a way that serves your body as it is today. It is often the tight, inflexible body that receives the benefits most quickly from yoga.
Be sure to arrive 10 minutes early for the first class and always tell an instructor if you've had an injury or an area of concern in your body. Our teacher is able to provide you with modifications to the poses so they will be accessible to you.
At Body Mind & Spirit Yoga Center you can expect skillful, certified yoga teachers. We require a minimum of 200 hours of training before we entrust our students to their care. This assures you that the Sessions will be designed intelligently and with attention given to your individual needs.
The experience of yoga is as much about reducing stress and tension in the mind as it is about the body.That is one of the reasons we make it a priority that our studio is clean and quiet and a pleasure to practice in.
There may be times of guided or silent meditation - usually just for a few minutes. It is also common to chant "OM" or "Shanti" at the beginning or end of a class although participation is always optional. OM is used as the symbol of yoga and is a Sanskrit word meaning "unity". It refers to the interconnectedness of all things. "Shanti" means "peace". These tools are helpful in creating quiet within the mind. They are offered in spirit of supporting your individual faith or life philosophy.