Learn Yoga Basics- This is an ideal series of yoga classes for beginners.
Thursdays from 6-7:15 pm
Next Session starts 12/6/2018
We meet Dec 6, 13 and 20, and Jan 3, 10 and 17, 2019.
Payment of $75 reserves your space in class.
A lot of people tell me that they want to try yoga, but say they can’t because they are not flexible. There's a lot more to yoga than that. Yoga can help you gain flexibility, increase range of motion, and tone muscle. Like any exercise program, it takes consistent practice to see results.
ASSUMPTION: You have to be flexible to do yoga.
ACTUALITY: Eventually you may touch your toes, but that’s not the point. Some people with arthritis and other physical challenges practice with foam wedges, blocks and blankets to support their bodies in certain poses. We encourage our students to look for the best version of the pose for their body at that time; as opposed to trying to mold their body to a shape they think the pose is supposed to look like.
ASSUMPTION: Yoga is a religion.
ACTUALITY: Because meditating is a big part of yoga and is also part of Buddhism and Hinduism, some people mistakenly believe it’s a religion. But yoga has no theology, churches or temples. However, practicing yoga can be a spiritual exercise. We encourage our students to take from their practice what they will. If all they are interested in is physical exercise, there is plenty of that. But if a student is so inclined to wonder about the part of yoga that goes beyond just the poses; the teachings of breath work, developing awareness, seeking self realization are also here for exploration.
ASSUMPTION: Yoga is only for thin, young women.
ACTUALITY: Yoga was initially practiced by Indian men. It was adopted in the West as a fitness movement and the stereotype of a young, thin woman doing yoga saturated mass media and popular culture. It’s unfortunate because it makes some people who aren’t thin young women feel like they don’t belong. We encourage our students to come as they are. Our classes are a mix of men and women, young and old, and in various degrees of physical condition. Yoga is for people of all ages and different body types. Yoga is a very personal experience, and it may take several practices with different teachers to find a fit. We offer a variety of teachers and levels of classes.
What do I have to bring?
You can bring a yoga mat and a small blanket or cushion if you have one. We have mats that you can use and we supply other items like blocks, blankets and straps for use during class. Most important, come with an open mind and a smile.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Sweat pants and a t-shirt work fine.
What about footwear?
Yoga is practiced in bare feet. If you absolutely hate to go barefoot, then you can wear socks, but socks can cause you to slip in some postures.
What can I expect?
Most people can do yoga and will benefit from it. Everyone will have a different experience. Most people who try it, come back for more. It can be whatever you make of it. Like anything else, yoga takes getting used to. Have faith in the process. One of the key lessons learned in yoga is patience. Have patience with yoga, have patience with your body, and you will eventually have more patience in your life.
Please help us to make this class a success. We ask that if you plan to attend to please register in advance. While drop-ins are always welcome, this class requires a minimum number of participants. If that number has not signed up, we will have to cancel the class. Online payment is available to make pre-registration easy! Pre-Registration is complete once your payment has been received.
The fee may be refunded if the student cancels at least 7 days before classes start. Students who wish to pay on the first day may not be guaranteed a spot if the class is full. There is no refund once the class series has begun.
Donna Sullivan, E-RYT 200, RYT-500, Owner • All rights reserved. © 2010 - 2018 , Blissful Lotus Yoga