What is Yoga?
The word yoga derived from the Sanskrit word "yug" means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as "union" or a method of dicipline.
The word Hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha Yoga refers to a set of physical exercises, known as asanas or postures. The asanas are then put into sequences designed to align your skin, muscles and bones. Hatha Yoga is a powerful tool for self transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
Yin Style Yoga (longer holds of 2-5 minutes, targeting the tendons and fascia). The focus will be on loosening the hips which are often very tight in runners and bikers. These are some of the ways that yoga can improve athletic performance:
-Bring body into balance
-Lengthen short tight muscles
-Create and maintain healthier joints
-Learn to stay focused and "in the zone"
This class guides you through a gentle sequence of hip openers, standing postures and forward bends. Along with asana students will be taught pranayama (breath work) and meditation.
Getting to know your body and tuning into your needs during this precious time will allow you the strength, flexibility and mental clarity to assist with the mysteries of labor and child birth that await both baby and mom to be!
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not flexible, can I do Yoga?
Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin Yoga but that's like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Yoga will help you become flexible, and this new found agility will be balanced in strength, coordination and enhanced cardiovascular health as well as sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
What do I need to bring?
All you really need to begin practicing Yoga is your body, your mind and a bit of curiosity. We have mats, blankets and props available for you if you don't have your own.
It is also helpful to have:
- Loose fitting or stretchy clothes
- Bare feet (no footwear necessary)
- A towel
- A yoga mat