What is Yoga

Yoga is a complex system that focuses on harmony between body and mind. Yoga derives its philosophy from Indian metaphysical beliefs. The word yoga comes from Sanskrit language and means union or blend. The ultimate aim of this philosophy is to strike a balance between mind and body and attain self- enlightenment. To achieve this, yoga uses movement, breath, posture, relaxation and meditation to establish a healthy balanced approach to life.

Though the exact origins of Yoga are unknown there are records that show this ancient practice has existed for over 4000 years. It is considered to be the oldest physical discipline in existence and symbolizes balance in every area of life. In earlier times, the rationale of doing Yoga postures and breathing exercises was to prepare for the rigors of sitting still and alert for long periods of time. Today, yoga can be an important practice for maintaining balance between work and a healthy lifestyle.

What are Benefits of Doing Yoga?

Everyone in a yoga class is flexible and I'm not flexible at all so I probably am not a good candidate to do yoga then, right?

There is a common misperception that you need to be flexible in order to even take a yoga class. Flexibility is only but one aspect of a physical yoga practice and the other benefits you receive far outweigh the fact that maybe your flexibility currently has some limits. Saying that you can't do yoga because you are not flexible is like saying that you can't go to the gym and start an exercise program because you weigh ten pounds heavier than you like to weigh! One reason to go to yoga is to become more flexible. Studies have shown that people that take yoga classes become more flexible more quickly than doing any other type of exercise because of the holistic approach of strengthening and stretching muscle groups in a complementary fashion along with associated breath work throughout the class. So don't let your lack of flexibility keep you from joining in a class--we have many beginning, intro, and gentle classes from which to choose. You just may be surprised to find that you are much more flexible than you realize!

What style of yoga is right for me?

There are many different styles of yoga. Some styles are fast paced and vigorous while others are gentle and slow-moving. All of the styles of yoga have benefits, so evaluating your individual needs and personality type will help point you in the right direction. We also teach styles that you won’t find in the area and generally are only in the big cities. These styles require additional training and certification processes which our teachers actively pursue and master such as:

I have never done yoga before, how do I get started?

There are several ways for people to get started with yoga at the Source-Yoga ’n more. Classes are currently open to all levels and can vary in vigor depending on the style of class. the Source-Yoga ’n more also offers regular Intro to Yoga on Monday mornings and Core Foundations Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as Tuesday evening. These classes give new students the basics and helps them better understand the different styles of yoga available at our studio.

Is it safe to practice with an injury or medical condition?

When considering a yoga practice, you may have health concerns such as low back pain, joint pain in the knees, shoulders, or other locations, or simply stiffness from an old sports injury. Before your classes communicate these concerns to the teacher so that he or she may better guide and assist you in your practice. Yoga, QiGong, and Tai Chi can help heal and prevent injuries, and you can learn how to heal yourself by working directly with the teacher. You may wish to schedule a private session or attend classes that are smaller in size to allow more time for the instructor to work with you.

What are the most common helpful suggestions or tips?

Can I do yoga if I am pregnant?

Yoga is a great way to prepare your body for labor and delivery, and it is done in a way that is safe for your developing child. Because there are some precautions that should be followed, it is important that you talk with your doctor and yoga teacher before your first class. “the Source-Yoga ’n more” offers prenatal and postnatal yoga which addresses the specific needs of the pregnant woman and new mothers and is taught by a certified prenatal/postnatal yoga instructor. Learn more.

How long after giving birth do I need to wait before starting yoga? What if I have had a C-section?

Typically, 6 weeks after a non-complicated vaginal birth you can start back to a postnatal yoga class. C- sections require more healing time and we recommend waiting till 3 months after a C-section before starting back to a postnatal class. It is best to check with you doctor prior to starting any physical program after any type of birth to make sure your body is ready.