FAQ: Yoga Facts

Practical Suggestions:

  1. Practice on an empty stomach – allow at least two hours after a meal or one hour after a light snack.
  2. Wear comfortable stretchy clothing and bare feet.
  3. Be well hydrated – drink at least half your weight in ounces of water daily.
  4. Remember that this is your practice and listen to your body.  Rest in Child’s Pose when needed.

Is Yoga a Religion?

No. Yoga is not a religion, it is a scientific methodology. This practice does not require faith in any religion outside authority or dogma. Understanding this we recognize that the major precepts of Yoga support those truths upon which religion rests.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a Science based upon experiential learning. The word Yoga means to yoke, bind, unite, or make whole. Patanjali, respected author of the Yoga Sutras says, “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” It is nothing more and nothing less, yet not simple to attain. Therefore, Patanjali clearly defines an    Eight-Limbed Path (Ashtanga) that forms the structural framework for attaining this state of peace, wholeness and well-being.

What are the Health Benefits of a Consistent Yoga Practice?

  • Improves Posture

  • Strengthens Muscles

  • Improves Balance and Proprioception

  • Improves Lung Function

  • Cultivates Slow Deep Breathing

  • Increases Both Lymph and Venous Circulation

  • Nourishes Intervertebral Disks

  • Enhances Oxygenation of Tissues

  • Increases Flexibility

  • Improves Immune Function

  • Strengthens Bones and Joints

  • Conditions the Cardiovascular System

  • Promotes Proper Weight Maintenance

  • Tones the Nervous System

  • Improves Bowel Function

  • Releases Muscular Knots or Spasms

  • Lowers Cortisol Levels

  • Helps to Lower Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure

                                                          Namaste ’ Kimberly