What is yoga?
Yoga is a physical and mental discipline that allows us to connect, in a natural and harmonic way (without medication), with our inner-self, achieving a significant improvement in its three levels, which are physical, mental and emotional.
How is yoga learnt?
The first stage of learning starts with postures and breathing. The practice continues with concentration, relaxation and meditation.
Do I need to modify my habits to practice yoga?
No. The goal is to give each of the practitioners what they need, without any sort of violence in the process of improving life quality. By relaxing muscles and spine, deeply oxygenating the body and freeing the mind from tensions that lead to deeper changes towards our wellbeing.
What concrete benefits does yoga provide?
It benefits in the physical level, through postures (asanas), achieving more flexibility and muscular tone. Also, in the mental level by quieting the mind, and achieving an improved intellectual capacity by the teachings and applications of correct breathing, relaxation and concentration. And in the emotional level since becoming aware of the body and mind lead to an emotional balance, a harmony of emotions.
Is there a recommended age to practice yoga?
There is no age to practice yoga. It only requires an inner need of being better with one self, and for that there is no stipulated age.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.
I am not flexible. Can I do yoga?
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.
What does Hatha mean? 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.
Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
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. (Source: yoga journal)
What does Om mean?
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. What does that mean?
Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us—that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om. We may not always be aware of this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the autumn leaves, the waves on the shore, the inside of a seashell.
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.
What is the significance of ending classes by chanting Shanti (Peace) 3 times?
“The first call for peace is for the purity of the body part of the self (the body). The second call is for the purity of the second part, the mind. The third is for the purification of the Spiritual part of the self, which is the soul.”
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