Yoga Intro – Everything you wanted to know about yoga!

Here are some common FAQs about yoga and our take on the simple, easy to understand answers!

What is Yoga?
Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. Yoga is a system of stretching and positional exercises derived to promote good health, fitness, and control of the mind. Everyone experiences yoga in their own way. For some it is deeply spiritual and transformative. For others, it is a nice way to stretch. Try yoga and find out what it is for you!

Is Yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It has no creed or fixed set of beliefs, nor are there prescribed godlike figures or deities.

What should I expect in a yoga class? What is the basic structure of a Yoga Practice?
Here is what to expect in the yoga class structure: Breathing Exercise – Gentle Movement – Active or Deeper Movement – Gentle Movement – Relaxation -Ending Class

What is the History of Yoga?
No one knows exactly when Yoga began, but it predates written history. The tradition of Yoga has always been passed on individually from teacher to student through oral teaching and practical demonstration. The formal techniques that are now known as Yoga are, therefore, based on the collective experiences of many individuals over many thousands of years. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali from first half of 1st millennium CE is one of a key surviving major texts on Yoga.

What are Yoga Styles?
There are many different types of yoga to practice, so it’s important to find out which type of yoga is right for you.The term “yoga” has been applied to a variety of practices and methods. Some types are very easy and relaxing, other types are very active and can even be acrobatic. You are encouraged to try a few different styles of yoga and a few different teachers. Find a style and teacher that works for you – we suggest trying at least 3 different styles.

What are some of the benefits of Yoga?
Improves flexibility, posture, depression, anxiety, balance, and sleep. Builds strength, prevents cartilage and joint break-down, boosts your immunity, drops blood pressure, lowers blood sugar, reduces pain, helps you relax, and more!

What are Yoga Props?
Sometimes used to help poses be more comfortable, or to accommodate the body or special needs. Props include a Yoga Mat, Blocks, Belt, Bolster, Chair & the Wall.

Here are some Key Points to Remember:
• It is up to you to take care of your body. If something doesn’t feel right or hurts, don’t do it!
• Yoga teachers are here to guide and help you. Ask them questions and give them feedback.
• “Take what you need (or like), and leave the rest.”
• It is ok to: fart, laugh, relax, have emotions, express emotions, try, and fall!
• Try to be on time for your class, but it is ok if you are late. Often we need yoga most when we have had a hectic, running late kind of day. Simply come into the class quietly and join when appropriate.
• If you need to do something for your comfort, do it! For example, not doing a pose, or taking a break.
• Try not to be distracted by others. That includes admiring or comparing yourself to others.
• If you need to leave a class early (because of a commitment, for example) please just let the teacher know in advance. Make sure you take a few minutes to lie down or sit and breathe before leaving.
• Turn your cell phone off before class.
• Some yoga teachers will (in a safe and respectful way) touch students. That includes giving gentle adjustments to poses, suggesting variations or even some massage at the end of class. If you do not like to be touched, that is ok! Just let the teacher know. The goal of the teacher giving variations or adjustments is to help you enjoy or benefit from your practice, not to embarrass you or make you uncomfortable.
• We want to welcome you to Big Bear Yoga! Beginners, those new to yoga and returning to yoga are welcome!