Yoga is the connection of the body, mind and breath through a series of guided poses and sequences. Yoga encourages increased body awareness while also improving strength, flexibility and balance. There are many types of yoga, each with different focuses and benefits, however most revolve around the central idea of connecting the body, mind and breath.
Absolutely! In fact, you are the perfect candidate for yoga. Give it a try and you will notice your body changing and becoming more flexible overtime. Every person’s body type is different, so never feel the need to practice poses exactly like your teacher ~ she is only there as a guide. Listen to your body, don’t force yourself into a pose that does not feel right for you, ask your teacher for modifications, and, remember… be compassionate with yourself!
All yoga practices can be modified to adapt to injuries. However, it is important to give your body ample time to rest and relax after an injury. We recommend seeing your doctor prior to practicing yoga especially after an injury. Remember, it may be wise to take some time off to allow yourself to heal. Once on your mat, please listen to your body and be gentle to yourself. Be sure to share with your teacher any injury previous to class.
Yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy…. please make sure that you let your teacher know that you are expecting. Make sure to avoid twisting, inversions, any abdominal strengthening pose and lying on your belly. Also remember, balancing poses may get tougher as you progress in your pregnancy, so please use a wall or blocks. Make sure to drink plenty of water and take bathroom breaks whenever needed. Your baby will love yoga too!
Yoga can benefit your health in countless ways…from lowering your blood pressure to increasing muscle strength and flexibility, as well as improving focus and concentration to fostering a calm mind and relaxed breathing. Here are some of the benefits that you will reap ~
- Increasing Flexibility
- Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons
- Massaging of all internal organs of the body
- Excellent toning of muscles
- Better breathing
- Mental Calmness
- Stress Reduction
- Body Awareness
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. We suggest starting with two or three classes a week, if your time allows. You will likely find that after awhile your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.
The length of a typical yoga class lasts anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. At the beginning of the practice there is a warming up period (this varies by style of yoga and teacher) followed by asanas and then relaxation at the end. Music and soothing sounds maybe played softly in the background, special lighting may also be used when desired and some classes maybe heated ~ but will be designated. During the practice, the teacher will name, describe and/or demonstrate the poses (asanas) and provide instruction, physically and/or verbally, as to form, gaze, alignment and breath.
b inspired. offers a variety of yoga classes, each with unique benefits. It is a good idea to try different classes to find a style and teacher that resonates with you… you may find that you enjoy more than just one!
You should practice yoga as often as you would like! We do recommend not eating 2-3 hours before coming to your practice. This is because you will be twisting, bending and, maybe even, turning upside side down ~ movements that are not very comfortable when you have a full stomach. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are concerned that you might feel weak during class, experiment with a light snack (such as yogurt, a few nuts and dried fruit, and/or juice) 30 minutes before coming to class.