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Is Yoga Just Stretching?

Although yoga involves stretching your muscles, it is different from the few warm-up stretches you might do at the gym. Yoga places emphasis on alignment, meaning how you are touching your toes is more important than whether you can actually touch them or not.

Most yoga poses are not stretching an isolated area, but rather involve the whole body in both stretching and strengthening.

Many of today's most popular yoga styles are vinyasa/flow. This means there is movement from pose to pose with an awareness of the breath, making this style of yoga very fluid.

Can I Do Yoga Even Though I'm Not Flexible?

Don't avoid yoga just because you think you aren't flexible. In fact, if you have tight muscles, yoga is just the thing to loosen you up.

The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but rather to become more flexible over time while enjoying yoga's health benefits.

Yoga is not like gymnastics, in which the most flexible person gets a medal. It is a personal practice, infinitely adaptable to fit your needs. One style of yoga that is well suited to the non-flexible is Iyengar yoga, because it emphasises using props to help you get the full benefit of a pose without compromising your alignment.

Will Doing Yoga Make Me Sore?

It is not uncommon to experience sore muscles after doing yoga, especially if you are just starting out or practice infrequently.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness usually occurs a day or two after exercising, which differentiates it from the sudden and immediate pain you would feel from pulling a muscle (read more on how to prevent yoga injuries). Yoga can cause soreness, even if you are in good physical shape, because it encourages you to use muscles that are otherwise neglected.

A hot bath can help relieve soreness. Sometimes it feels good to do some light stretching. If you continue to do yoga regularly, you will likely discover you experience less soreness.

Can Men Do Yoga?

Obviously, the short answer is yes. Until very recently, in fact, yoga was practiced exclusively by men.

But many men are concerned that they will not be welcome in a yoga class or that they are not flexible enough to try yoga. This is a basic misconception: yoga will improve your flexibility, but you do not need to be flexible to do it. Since yoga has been practiced by men for so long, many of the poses actually make more sense for a man's body and some require a lot of upper body strength, which women often lack at first.

Is Yoga Just for Hippies?

Once upon a time, yoga outside of India was most often done on communes by vegetarians. Although yoga comes by this reputation honestly, these days everyone from doctors to CEOs is trying yoga. So, no, yoga will not make you a hippy. Anyone can begin a yoga practice, even someone who is not naturally flexible.

If the idea of a non-competitive, challenging form of exercise that you can do anywhere and progress at you own pace is appealing to you, give it a try.

What is the advantage of Yoga over to other Exercises?

Exercise increases strength and stamina of the muscles but Yoga affects complete body mind complex and triggers a change from negative to positive direction on the physical, mental, spiritual plane of existence.

How Yoga can help in reducing stress in the office?

Yoga helps in reducing physical, mental and emotional stress. If you practice Yoga everyday it can certainly help to reduce your stress in the office.

Has it been "proved" that Yoga is good for you? Which are the diseases that can be helped by Yoga?

Yes. Western science has been studying Yoga for nearly 50 years, and the evidence shows numerous physical and psychological benefits from Yoga.

Interestingly, there seems to be something about Yoga -- vs. exercise and controlled breathing -- that is beneficial. For example, a recent study with heart patients showed that those who followed a stress reduction program that included many Yoga practices did better than patients who exercised or did nothing. Further, studies in the United States and India suggest that Yoga are helpful for specific conditions, such as asthma, anxiety, stress Hypertension, Arthritis, Slipdisc, Digestive disorders, sleeplessness.

Yoga control high blood pressure?

Sometimes. Studies have shown that certain Yoga practices can help some patients control their high blood pressure. In general, Yoga promotes health, a sense of calm and relaxation. In addition, it teaches you to be aware of your body and to listen to the signals it sends -- all of which can be very useful.

Do I need any special equipment?

You don't need to bring any - mats and blocks are available for your use in our studio. We can also supply mats and blocks for home use if required.

What is considered appropriate attire for a class?

T-shirts, tights and bike shorts are okay. Comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. No shoes are worn in the studio.

Do I have to do yoga in bare feet?

Yes, please - it will help your balance as well as strengthening your feet.

Can I come on my own?

Most people come on their own to the classes - but you are welcome to bring friends.

Should I eat before the class?

Yoga should be practiced on a fairly empty stomach so it is a good idea not to eat a big meal just before the class.

Will Yoga interfere with my religion?

The intention of yoga is to quiet the mind, relax and strengthen the body and to open the heart (spirit). Yoga is a path of discovery that can facilitate a deepening of any spiritual practice, whichever religion/non-religion you choose.