+ I'm not flexible. Is yoga really for me?
Yes. In fact it’s meant for you. Creating more flexibility in your body is one of the key benefits of yoga. Yoga is not about looking perfect in the full expression of a pose. It’s about DOING the pose, however that looks for you. In other words, it’s the journey to the pose that’s important, not the destination. Bring those tight hamstrings to class stat!
+ am I too old to start yoga?
No way Jose! Yoga is for every one at every age. That’s why we offer a variety of classes to suit every student, no matter what stage of the yoga journey you are at. If you are really nervous about starting out, try an Ebb and Flow classe or contact us to chat about where you’re at.
+ i’m injured. can I still come to class?
Does a bear do it’s business in the woods? You bet it does. Don’t let injury stop you moving. I mean, if you have broken both arms and legs while carving up some less than friendly surf, now is probably a good time to rest. When we stop moving a part of (or all of) our body, the ‘fuzz’ starts to build up straight away. The longer you go without busting fuzz, the harder it can become to get full mobility back. (see this video to learn about fuzz).
So even gentle, mindful movements can keep you from stiffening up. It's also about 'stressing' the body - muscles, fascia, bones - all of them. Stressing the body the right way stimulates regeneration. Ceasing to move an area of or all of our body results in degeneration. So keep moving mindfully! The key is to be connected to your body and listen to what it needs at all times. This is something you get very good at when you practice yoga consistently. Never let your ego determine the level of practice that you go for in class. Let it arise naturally from within and you will be safe. If anything you do in class is painful, ease out gently and mindfully. Take a variation or ask for assistance from the teaching team. And honestly, even if you come to class and focus on your breath for an hour without doing any asanas, you are benefiting immensely. The movement of Prana and Qi (breath or lifeforce within the body) can have as deep an impact on your health as the asanas. So take heart in that when you feel like you aren’t able to do what you want to or used to. Slow down and enjoy!
+ what's with the OM thing?
In some classes, the teacher will offer up the opportunity to join in creating the sound of OM or AUM (this is the correct way to spell it). Why do we do it? It feels amazing and is very powerful. If you’ve never tried it, we recommend giving it a go! This article from mindbodygreen explains it quite well saying that “The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature. As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.”
You can actually feel this vibration in your body - we love it. But if it’s not for you, that’s totally fine! Just relax and enjoy listening.
+ wow, i attended my first class and discovered muscles i didn’t know I had. what should i do?
Rest easy friend. You’ve worked hard and woken up your body! Nurture yourself with a warm bath and epsom salts. This really can do wonders. Stay hydrated with water or herbal teas. Give yourself a high five for making it to your first yoga class. You deserve it!
+ how often should I practice?
This is really up to you and what you are able to do physically and financially. Even once a week will start to work wonders on your body, mind and soul. If you can attend between 2-4 times a week, you’ll notice drastic changes. Any more than this if life changing. However, if you are practicing more than 3 times a week or so, try to get to a few different class types. Include some Yin (our Soul Space class) and perhaps incorporate some more gentle Ebb and Flow classes. This will ensure you are moving your body through a wide range of motions and balancing out the strengthening and lengthening aspects. It’s also ideal to incorporate some other activities in your life, such as walking or hiking, sports, swimming…..anything you enjoy that gets you breathing and moving!
+ isn't yoga just stretching?
Okay, come to a Vinyasa Vibes class and then see if you still need an answer to this question. (This means no, yoga is amazing at balancing flexibility, cardio and strength - you will both get your heart pumping and learn how to fully relax your body and mind).
+ how do I choose the right class for me?
You are welcome to attend any class on the schedule no matter what level you are at. If you have never done yoga before, it's best to start with an Ebb and Flow or Soul Flow class. These classes have more alignment cues and a slower pace than Vinyasa Vibes which can sometimes be fast. If you are wanting deep stretching, Soul Space is for you. If you are feeling out of shape, have struggled with an injury or weight issues and are looking for something gentle, definitely start with an Ebb and Flow. You can read more about our classes here. If you're not sure, shoot us an email or come in for a chat.