New to Yoga

What is yoga?

Yoga is a complex system that focuses on harmony between body and mind. Yoga derives its philosophy from Indian metaphysical beliefs. The word yoga comes from Sanskrit language and means union or blend. The ultimate aim of this philosophy is to strike a balance between mind and body and attain self-enlightenment. To achieve this, yoga uses movement, breath, posture, relaxation and meditation to establish a healthy balanced approach to life.

Though the exact origins of Yoga are unknown there are records that show this ancient practice has existed for over 4000 years. It is considered to be the oldest physical discipline in existence and symbolizes balance in every area of life. In earlier times, the rationale of doing Yoga postures and breathing exercises was to prepare for the rigors of sitting still and alert for long periods of time. Today, yoga can be an important practice for maintaining balance between work and a healthy lifestyle.

What are benefits of doing yoga?

  • Calms the mind through restoring mental agility
  • Decreases nervousness, irritability, and confusion
  • Helps detoxify the body
  • Revives attention and willingness
  • Strengthens the whole body
  • Increases metabolism and overall energy
  • Helps reduce stress and mental fatigue
  • Increased flexibility and physical comfort

What style of yoga is right for me?

There are many different styles of yoga. Some styles are fast paced and vigorous while others are gentle and slow-moving. All of the styles of yoga have benefits, so evaluating your individual needs and personality type will help point you in the right direction.

I have never done yoga before, how do I get started?

There are several ways for people to get started with yoga at Yoga H'om. Classes are currently open to all levels and can vary in vigor depending on the style of class. Yoga H'om also offers regular Intro to Yoga . This program gives new students the basics and helps them better understand the fundamentals of yoga, alignment and breathing.  Learn more about this program here.

Is it safe to practice with an injury or medical condition?

When considering a yoga practice, you may have health concerns such as low back pain, joint pain in the knees, shoulders, or other locations, or simply stiffness from an old sports injury. Before your classes communicate these concerns to the teacher so that he or she may better guide and assist you in your practice. Yoga can help heal and prevent injuries, and you can learn how to heal yourself by working directly with the teacher. You may wish to schedule a private session or attend classes that are smaller in size to allow more time for the instructor to work with you.

What are the most common helpful suggestions or tips?

  • Like all other physical workouts it is best to begin gently - stick to the easy poses. As your body adapts, you can advance to the more challenging poses. Be methodical and systematic.
  • Drink water! Room temperature is recommended.
  • Avoid overeating and fasting. It is recommended to avoid eating within 2 hours of your class. This allows your body time to fully digest.
  • Yoga clothing should be as comfortable as possible. Form-fitting cotton/lycra pants and shirts are the best.
  • Your body temperature will change. Layers are best to wear so that you are comfortable throughout your practice. Be prepared to work in bare feet.
  • Although we do not overheat the studio, consider bringing a towel to the more vigorous yoga classes to wipe your mat.
  • Yoga is a process. Be compassionate and patient with yourself. Best results are obtained if you maintain a consistent practice.

Can I do yoga if I am pregnant?

Yoga is a great way to prepare your body for labor and delivery, and it is done in a way that is safe for your developing child. Because there are some precautions that should be followed, it is important that you talk with your doctor and yoga teacher before your first class. We offer a Prenatal Yoga program which addresses the specific needs of pregnant woman. Learn more by clicking here.