Frequently Asked Questions
What is yoga?
Yoga is one of the six systems of philosophy in India. The word “yoga” originates from the Sanskrit root yuj which means Union. It means union of the body, mind and soul. Sage Patanjali is noted for the first written account of yoga in his treatise known as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
There are different types of yoga: bhakti, jnana, karma and hatha. Hatha yoga is the most popular yoga in the United States right now. There are different systems of hatha yoga, each approaching the various practices in different ways. Hatha yoga uses the body to help develop the mind.
What is Iyengar hatha yoga?
B.K.S. Iyengar is one of the foremost teachers of yoga in the world and has been practicing and teaching for over 70 years. Millions of students now follow his method with Iyengar yoga centers all over the world. He has written many books on the art and science of yoga practice and its philosophy including the bestseller, Light on Yoga.
What is the system of Iyengar hatha yoga?
- Can be practiced by all because poses (asanas) are taught in an orderly way and in stages.
- Utilizes props to assist students in the poses and adjust to their individual needs.
- Emphasizes alignment which helps prevent injury.
- Has a very rigorous process of certifying teachers.
- Teaches the practice of pranayama with precision.
- Integrates the yoga philosophy within the teachings of asana and pranayama.
How do I prepare for class?
- Wear close fitting clothes that allow for bare feet.
- Bring an empty stomach.
- Props are provided.
- Hygiene concerns: some studios are starting a policy of everybody bringing their own sticky mats for hygienic reasons. I don’t want to do this and if you are concerned about the studio’s mats, please bring your own. I wash them occasionally. Please be mindful to not step on other student’s personal mats when walking around the studio. If you have plantar warts cover them up as they are contagious. If you have a fungus infection, please bring your own mat (you can buy one at the studio). Thank you for not coming to class when you are sick. We appreciate you thinking of others!
- Drinking water during class is not recommended but if you need to, bring a water bottle.