"The day you begin yoga, is the day you stop aging."
- Julia Bowen, Yoga Teacher Trainer Extraordinaire, Yoga By Julia - Studio Owner & My Soul Sister
What is yoga?
Yoga equals Union. Union with Mind, Body and Spirit. Union with Community. Union with Self. Union with Breath.
Yoga is very diverse, just like those of us practicing it. With movement through breath, we find balance in our mind and in our body.
When we balance our body, we have less physical injuries and ailments. When we balance our mind, we have less stress and anxiety. When we feel balanced, we can connect to our spirit. Our soul and our heart can open to endless possibilities.
When we add to our yoga practice, compassion for ourselves and others, we find that willpower and self-discipline become second nature.
When we learn about our own body's needs, we can explore other healthful ideas and goals through nutrition and creative endeavors.
How Do I Prep for Yoga Class?
Arrive a minimum of 10-15 minutes before yoga class begins to center yourself and take a moment of pause.
It is best to arrive to your yoga practice hydrated and either in a fasted state or having not eaten a minimum of 1 hour prior to class - a light snack is perfectly acceptable if needed.
It is not advised to practice yoga if you are suffering from a contagious cold/flu, etc. out of respect for the other practitioners and for your own well-being.
Yoga should not be practiced before an intensive workout such as weight lifting, running, biking, etc. Yoga should be practiced post any strenuous workout due to the stretching of joints and ligaments.
During yoga, the yoga teacher may suggest a proper alignment cue, verbally or with assistance through physical adjustments. In most cases, the teacher will seek permission prior to providing any hands-on assistance. The exception may be, if you are in immediate danger to yourself or others.
As well, you know your body better than the yoga teacher, however, be mindful of other students if you are attempting to perform a pose that the teacher has not suggested as this may be a distraction to the class or the teacher may not feel comfortable assisting you in a pose if needed.
Post-class, it is a good idea to continue to hydrate with water or electrolytes. Enjoying a banana, avocado, nut butter or a sweet potato provides your body with a nice recovery snack.
Sometimes an Epson-salt or mineral bath is a nice way to continue the relaxing effects that yoga can provide to our nervous system.
Please keep in mind, it is highly advised that you have approval to practice yoga or any other physical fitness plan by your physician.
If you are pregnant, please notify your yoga teacher prior to class to receive modifications or adjustments that may prevent injury.
If you have any injury or former injury, or body soreness, pain, etc. notify your yoga teacher prior to class.
It is perfectly normal to be fatigued, sore from practicing a yoga class as your muscles may not be accustomed to the poses practiced. However, if you ever experience sharp pain during or post-yoga or any fitness regime, seek medical assistance as needed.
Remember to have compassion for your self! Yoga is a lifelong practice. Key word is practice.
Do I have to bring any equipment with me?
Bring a Yoga Mat, Wear comfortable fitness style clothes, bring a water bottle and bring a positive attitude.
Yoga is typically practiced bare foot.
Turn off all cell phones upon entering the studio. No photos/videos are allowed.