Namaste means I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you, of love, of light, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us. Namaste is used at the end of class as an acknowledgment of each other.
Yes. Even mainstream medicine is recognizing Yoga’s influence on our health. Conclusive studies performed by Herbert Benson, M.D., at Harvard Medical School, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, M.D., at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center show that yoga and meditation boost immunity and reduce stress, which are underlying factors in many chronically ill patients, including patients with heart disease and cancer. Some HMOs, prestigious hospitals, many corporations now offer yoga classes to their patients and employees, powerful proof that yoga works.
Yoga, meaning union, fosters wellness by connecting the body and the mind. Numerous studies have shown that yoga measurably affects the nervous, musculoskeletal, circulatory, and endocrine systems of the body. Using specific asana or postures, we can take charge of our well-being and tap into our body’s wisdom so that we can heal what ails us. Yoga builds strength, flexibility, and balance without the risk of injury common to high-impact activities.
Individuals who practice Yoga report experiencing greater clarity in thinking and greater balance in their lives as they perform various activities and action with greater skill and mindfulness. There are also reports of changes in perspectives, actions and attitudes, as regards to ourselves and to how we relate to and interact with others. Yoga practitioners experience better mental and physical health, which in turn creates a life that is joyful and satisfying.
Wear clothing you can easily move in – shorts, footless leggings or tights are best. Drink plenty of water before and after class, sip lightly during class. It is best not to eat a full meal for 3 hours prior to class; a light snack 2 hours ahead is fine.
Arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of class time to set up props and get settled. Yoga practice is done in bare feet on ‘sticky’ mats; mats are provided and you are welcomed to bring your own. You may wish to bring a small towel; we have been known to sweat a little!
Please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne to class. Please – no cell phones or pagers in class.
Inform your teacher of any injuries or illnesses you might have. It is always wise to consult your physician before starting any new exercise program. Always practice at your own level. Avoid overstretching or straining, and rest when you need to. Consult your teacher if you have any difficulties or experience any discomfort during your class.