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I have talked with many people about yoga. I often hear, "Oh, I can't do yoga, I'm not flexible enough or _____ (fill in the blank)." My response to that is "Can you breathe?" I'm often given a funny look with my question. I go on to say that "Yoga is for everyone! If you can breathe, you can do yoga."
It's true! In my teaching experience I have worked with people who are deaf and blind, with intellectual and developmental disabilities, people struggling with addiction, suffering mental health issues, people who are young and old, every shape and size, and of many races.
What I can truly say is yoga is for all. It may like different from one person to the next, but that is ok. We are all different.
What is Yoga?Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj meaning to yoke or unite. This is often interpreted as the union of self (body, mind, and spirit). This union is often achieved through asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.
Who can do yoga?"Anybody can breathe, therefore anybody can do yoga." TKV Desikachar We believe in making yoga accessible to every body. Yoga is not about the ability to touch your toes or achieve impressive postures. It's not simply what a pose looks like, but more about what the pose feels like. It's about the process of discovering what you are capable of through practice and the willingness to try. Our instructors take pride in making yoga accessible to all bodies, regardless of fitness level, flexibility, or age. We are all individuals with different capabilities, limitations and needs. We seek not to create a synchronized yoga class where everyone looks the same; but to see each individual meeting their body where it is.
What can I expect in a class?Classes typically run for 1 hour unless otherwise noted. All classes begin with a few moments of centering which may include breathing techniques and meditation. This allows for you to arrive not just in body, but in mind as well; preparing you for the class ahead. After centering you will begin a series of poses that may increase in speed, depth or difficulty depending on the style of the class. All classes end with Savasana, a period of stillness and rest and each participant is encouraged to stay for the entirety of class.
Will yoga change my body?The short answer is yes. You will experience a change in your physical body. The trickier question is how you measure that change. Are you quantifying your change in inches, pounds, or increased strength, balance and flexibility? Start your practice and find out.