Before starting your yoga practice, always ask yourself a few questions:
What are the needs of your physical body, mind & spirit?
Answers to these questions determine if your practice will be yang yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, or meditation.
If you feel stressed, and tired, but still want to stretch/move your body and calm the mind, then try a Yin Yoga or Qi Gong class.
If you feel stressed, confused, have anxiety, or fear, if you want to clear your mind, feel more confident, find out where you belong or if your on the right path, if you want to get to know yourself better, then we recommend you to practice Meditation.
Like any other activity, it needs a bit of practice before you can achieve the benefits.
If your tired of listening to other peoples gossip juring your lunchtime breaks, and prefer to switch off your mind and relax, then come and try out one of our 30min Lunchtime relax & rejuvenate classes.
If you feel like you need a manageable but challenging physical class that heats up and tones the body,and keeps you present in the NOW, then try out one of our Ashtanga-Inspired Flow, Yang Flow or Beginner Flow classes.
If your new to yoga, and would love to try it out but are afraid of possibly getting hurt and would like a proper introduction, then come to one of our beginner classes.
Introduction to Yoga I, is our Hatha based beginners class. It is put together in 4 classes, every tuesday night. if you miss out on one, you can catch up 4 weeks later.
Our Hatha yoga classes (Introduction to Yoga 1 & 2, and Tantric Hatha Yoga, will be focussed on teaching you a correct allignment.
General Tips & Infos about Yoga
Maybe you’ve dabbled in yoga at home and practiced with videos that taught you all the basic poses. Should you still be going to beginner’s classes? In my opinion, yes.
It’s important to remember that advancing to an intermediate class doesn’t mean you can’t go back to a beginner class from time to time.
Sample as many recommended teachers, styles, and studios as you can, until you find what works best for you.
Find a yoga instructor who you connect with as a person first, not just as a teacher. You should like how you feel around them, in their presence, even outside of the class. Even for beginners, it’s important to find a teacher with whom you can be yourself, feel free, safe and comfortable
A studio with a good community can deepen your experience. Practicing with others is a wonderful part of yoga. Here are some important questions to ask yourself to figure out the best kind of yoga community for you.
Do you want spirituality to be part of your practice? Some instructors only teach asana (the physical postures for exercise), while others include chanting and more mindful aproach.
What’s with Yoga and Spirituality, Anyway?
You probably wouldn’t be asking yourself this question during a Pilates or a cycling class. That’s part of what makes yoga different. Even though many yoga classes today only teach physical postures, the practice is not just an exercise methodology.
Physical postures, known as asana, are just one of the eight limbs of yoga. The other limbs encompass a holistic system with roots in Hindu and Buddhist traditions that govern things like ethics and behavior, self-discipline and faith, breathing, awareness, and meditation.
There’s not enough space here to go deeply into the holistic side of the practice, but there’s a reason that many yoga teachers don’t stick to just telling you how to stretch. Historically, asana was intended to prepare the body for greater spiritual discipline, growth, and union with the divine. Some further disciplines include breathing exercises (called pranayama) and meditation practices. Some teachers also reflect on sacred texts, such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, or spiritual teachings from many faiths.
This might sound heavy, but a spiritually-oriented yoga class isn't like a religious meeting or service. Instead, it’s an environment where people discuss spirituality. B.K.S. Iyengar's book Light on Yoga is a great resource to learn more about yoga and spirituality (Fair warning: It’s not a quick read.).
The ultimate goal of yoga is to connect to your true Divine essence and expand your consciousness. No matter which yoga class you attend, stay focused on your intention to stay present and take your yoga practice to a deeper level.
Remember these words from yogic sage Patanjali: “Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence. When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded consciousness.”