Are you new to yoga or yoga classes?
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. In a practice of yoga body, breath, mind and spirit become one.
What are the Benefits of Yoga?
The benefits of yoga can be different for different people. The most common benefits yoga students experience include pain and stress relief, lengthening tightened muscles, balance, strength, improved sleep and mental focus, new mind/body connection and improved overall health and vitality.
How do I begin?
The best way to begin is to just come! Check out the class descriptions and schedule to find a class type and time that works for you and come to the studio to join a class. please email or call us for advice if needed.
Wear loose, layered clothing and do not eat a heavy meal before class. Zenith Yoga will provide mats and other yoga props that may be needed. We do encourage students to bring their own mats if possible. Water bottles are welcome in the studio.
How many classes should I take?
Many people enjoy taking two or even three classes per week. Two seems to be the optimum for experiencing the benefits of yoga early on. Some of us can only fit one class per week into our busy lives. The number of classes you take has to work with your schedule and lifestyle. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, except maybe, not to come at all!
How do I choose the right class?
We spend time developing clear and accurate class descriptions for our classes. We hope that these descriptions will help you to begin your journey. Once you are attending classes, your instructor may suggest other classes for you to try and explore. We are always happy to help personally to find the best fit. Contact us at any time.
What if I’m not flexible?
Flexibility does not come easily to most people. Those who are very flexible often benefit from strengthening work. The point is that almost everyone has something that they would like to work on. It is a misunderstanding that you have to be flexible to do yoga or that flexibility is all that yoga is about. We work on many levels: the body, the breath, the mind and the spirit all come into play in every class. We’ll meet you where you are (even it you can’t touch your toes) and see where we go from there!
What if I have pain or a previous injury?
If you have a particular concern, such as a previous injury or condition, please let know the teacher before the class. Yoga does help many people with chronic pain by helping the body regain its balance between strength and flexibility, movement and awareness. If you are under a doctor’s care for an acute situation, please be sure you discuss taking yoga classes with him or her. In some cases, it is more appropriate to work one on one with a teacher at the beginning. Over all, your safety is most important.
The Five Principles of Yoga
The Five Principles of Yoga are the basis of attaining a healthy body and mind through the Practice of Yoga. In this section, we give you detailed information on these Five Principles:
Principle 1: Proper Relaxation
By releasing the tension in the muscles and putting the whole body at rest, you revitalize your nervous system and achieve inner peace, making you feel relaxed and refreshed. This relaxed feeling is carried over into all your activities and helps you conserve your energy and let go of all worries and fears.
Principle 2: Proper Exercise
This principle revolves around the idea that our physical body is meant to move and exercise. Proper exercise is achieved through the Yoga Postures or Asana which systematically works on all parts of the body – stretches and tones the muscles and ligaments, enhances the flexibility of the spine and the joints, and improves blood circulation. The asanas are designed to regulate the physical and physiological functions of the body. Practicing these Yoga Poses makes your body relaxed, gives you more strength and energy, and rejuvenates the various systems of the body. The Yoga Posture goes together with proper breathing. Each movement and stretch should be guided by your breath, making your movement and your breath coordinated and feeling like one and the same. The execution of the Asana is beneficial to the body, and at the same time contributes to spiritual and mental growth.
Principle 3: Proper Breathing
This means breathing fully and rhythmically, making use of all the parts of your lungs to increase your oxygen intake. Proper Breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. To achieve this, you need to be able to regulate the length and duration of your inhalation, exhalation, and the retention of air in your lungs or the pauses between breath. Yoga Breathing Exercises or Pranayama teaches you on how you can recharge your body and control your mental state by regulating the flow of Prana – the life force. This helps you achieve a calmer and more focused mind, and increases your energy level.
Principle 4: Proper Diet
What you eat extremely affects your mind. Improper diet results to mental inefficiency and blocks spiritual awareness. Proper Diet is one that nourishes both mind and body. It should be well balanced and based on natural foods. Proper Diet in Yoga also means eating in moderation and eating only when you are hungry. We sometimes tend to eat when we are upset, using food to fill the gap or the emptiness that we feel. Bad eating habits will cause our senses to be dull that we won’t even notice how much we eat or how it tastes and may result to diet related ailments like obesity and diabetes. Food should sustain our body. It should keep the body light and supple, the mind calm, and it should also help in keeping a strong immune system.
Principle 5: Positive Thinking and Meditation
The way we think highly affects our way of life. Practice keeping a positive outlook in life, this will facilitate in having a peaceful mind. Positive thinking and meditation help you remove negative thoughts and put your mind under perfect control.