Answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions

What is Yoga?
Yoga (YOH-gah) is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning "to yoke or join together." This union is of body, mind and spirit. Yoga uses practices such as asana (the body), pranayama (the breath), and meditation to achieve this union. Yoga is the oldest known system of personal development in the world dating back over 5,000 years.

Can anyone do Yoga?
Yes. Any person can do Yoga - the trick is finding a class that meets your specific needs that is taught by a knowledgeable teacher. It is best for beginners to take a Yoga class with a qualified instructor who can assist you with alternate poses, understanding the breath techniques and offering adjustments and/or proper alignments.
See all the types of classes we offer here.

"What are the benefits of Yoga?
Yoga has a positive affect on each body system. Some of the most commonly known benefits are:

  • Promotes Relaxation
  • Relieves Stress
  • Increases Flexibility
  • Increases Strength
  • Tones the Bodily Organs
  • Improves Posture
  • Aids in Circulation
  • Digestion
  • Respiration & Reproduction Is Cleansing
  • Balances out emotional and physical difficulties

What is Gentle Yoga?
Our Gentle Yoga class emphasizes simple stretching, breath techniques and meditation practices to promote relaxation. This is a great class for beginner students as well as those with any physical limitations.

What is Vinyasa Yoga?
Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” In other words, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This technique is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.

What is Hatha Yoga?
The word hatha means forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises, designed to bring balance to the body-mind. Hatha is also translated as ha meaning "sun" and tha meaning "moon." This refers to the balance of masculine aspects–active, hot, sun - and feminine aspects-receptive, cool, moon - within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose. For brand new to advanced students.