Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Bikram Yoga is the 26 postures sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga.
The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.
Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is said to be the sound of the universe. Chanting Om allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits.
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.
All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of yoga leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that's not too baggy. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. It's nice to bring a towel to class with you.
In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.
For Hindus and now for many others as well, the greeting of choice is Namaste. The hands held together at the center of your heart with your head gently bowed as one says “Namaste”. “Namas” means bow, and “te” means to you, thus Namaste means, “I bow to you.”
Hatha Yoga, which has roots in the 10 century is a combination of Asanas (yoga postures) and Pranayama (breath). The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to stimulate your body through the Asanas and Pranayama to prepare oneself for meditation. Vinyasa Flow links your poses together with your breath in a flowing manner. All the poses flow into one another. This style of yoga increases your stamina, flexibility, and agility.
We recommend any of our gentle or restorative classes if you would like a slower pace, have any physical limitations, or are recovering from an injury. If you would like to try something with a bit more physical demand our Glow classes are a perfect place to start. If you have a semi-regular yoga practice or train in other disciplines, try the Spark or Ignite class. We offer yoga classes that are perfect for Every Body, try them all until you find your favorite.
We promise, you can do hot yoga! It is a little more demanding than a typical yoga class, so we recommend that you give yourself permission to take as many breaks as you need and come down to your mat to rest as often as you feel. Our teachers are very good at meeting our students where they are. If you give it a shot, we are confident youll love it!