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The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. – B.K.S Iyengar
Benefits of Yoga
The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating, releasing cortisol – the stress hormone – from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
Why should I start practicing yoga?
Yoga has tons of benefits and it’s for absolutely everyone — it’s for the young, the old, the flexible, the inflexible, the weak and the strong. Yoga is so much more than a physical practice. It is a coming home to your body, mind, and spirit.
Yoga will teach you about yourself. I recommend yoga for anyone who is looking for an outlet for stress, a source of balance to life’s challenges, a way to relieve stiffness in the body, & a tool to learn how to connect more deeply with yourself and the community.
What should I wear & bring?
Wear anything you feel comfortable in that will allow you to have a full range of motion. Usually loose, comfy clothing.
Bring water if you choose. Leave the socks and sneakers at home, you’ll be practicing in bare feet. If you have a yoga mat, bring that as well, but we also have a mat at the studio for you to use.
Why do we roll to the right after savasana at the end of class and some times roll to the left ? Is there some significance to this?
evening to honor the moon.
What is the right amount of time to wait after eating, before practicing yoga asana? And how long should I wait after practicing yoga before I can eat?
As a rule of thumb it’s best to practice on an empty stomach. Two hours after you eat is generally when you have an empty stomach and it’s okay to practice yoga.
How often should I practice to have the best results?
When first starting out try twice a week then after one month start practicing three-five times per week.
Most importantly listen to your body & once you learn the postures you could do a 10 or 15 minute practice at home daily.
Do I have to be flexible?
No you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga… It’s an urban myth that people who are tight can’t do yoga. Yoga isn’t just stretching its extremely toning, calming, meditative, spiritual, healing and opening. Flexibility is only one aspect of it. Once you practice yoga for a period of time naturally you will gain flexibility with a myriad of other benefits.
Why is everyone Om-ing?
Will the teacher touch me?
I will say that adjustments are a wonderful way to experience poses. A slight touch or pressure can help you to realize that you’re holding tension in a muscle or help you go just a little deeper into a pose.
If a teacher plans to make adjustments, they should ask students at the beginning of class to signal if they’d prefer to skip this. If not, it is absolutely your right to ask them to skip you.
Is it okay to fall asleep in Savasana?
No one will kick you out of the studio for snoring during Savasana. However, this is not nap time.
Savasana can be the most important pose in a yoga class and it is the much needed restorative compliment to more active poses. It is a time to be completely with yourself. Rather than doing this through sleep, the challenge is to keep an awareness of breath and body, We practice coming back to the breath & into the present moment, (even with distracting thoughts appearing over and over). It’s a practice!
What happens if my mind will not be quiet during meditation?
When the myriad of thoughts arrive, we practice & we learn to notice them, perhaps even label them as “thinking, thinking, thinking” realizing that they’re not as solid as we make them and letting the thoughts become transparent as clouds in a vast sky!
Accept wherever you are today and honor whatever comes up for you without passing judgment about it. Mediation is a practice, and it can be much more difficult than the asanas or physical aspect of yoga. Yet these poses are designed to relax the body to assist in quieting the mind!
What is Hatha Yoga?
First time to a yoga class?
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Be yourself
- Remember there is no wrong way of practicing Yoga, find your own pace, listen to your
- Don’t be concerned with what others are doing, it’s your practice, yoga is a personal
practice & a journey towards a deeper connection with your body, mind and emotions.
- Be regular with your practice.
body’s signals, learn to focus on the in breath & out breath.
Denise resides off grid in the mountains of Julian Ca with her companion dog Hachi and kitty Nyx. Aside from running her business the zen pet & zen mountain yoga, Denise finds contentment in the quiet and beauty of nature, tending to her medicinal herb & vegetable garden .Denise’s passions include making herbal tinctures, sacred chanting/ songwriting & being in nature with her animals. Denise is dedicated to deepening the connection to her true nature by a practice of living peacefully, compassionately & mindfully.
She earned her yoga teacher certification in 2015 through the Deep Yoga Mastery of Life Program. She enjoys adding Sound Healing into each class with the soothing sounds of her Hapi drum, singing bowls and singing voice. She offers special events throughout the year, including Sound Healing Yoga Classes, Mindfulness Retreat Days, & Singing Meditations. Learn more at www.rootedlivingwellness.com