Learn More About Yoga
FREQUENTLY ASKED YOGA QUESTIONS
I am ______. Is yoga good for me?
Fill in the blank and the answer is YES, Yoga is for you. A runner. Old. Young. Overweight. Not flexible. Recovering from an injury. Stressed out. Busy. New to Peekskill.
Yoga is a practice—it is a practice of calming the mind, focusing the breath, aligning the body and awakening the possibilities. Through yoga asanas (poses), students can increase flexibility and strength, as well as balance and coordination.
Will I stand out if I don’t wear Lululemon Yoga pants?
Try to stand out in Peekskill—we dare you! Yoga pants are whatever pants you are wearing when you practice yoga. They can be slim fitting or loose, as long as you are comfortable. Make them yourself, borrow them from a friend or buy them in a store— Name brand not required. But pants are.
What do I need to bring with me to Yoga Class?
Just bring yourself (remember, pants required—shirts too)! And try to check your ego at the door. We will provide yoga mats and water for you if you don’t have your own.
Should I come to Yoga on an empty stomach?
Come to yoga class hydrated and nourished (don’t eat right before you hit your mat, but do eat 2-4 hrs before class). There is no reason to have an empty stomach when you are in Peekskill— there are so many great places to dine!
Will I have to chant, sing, hold hands with strangers or otherwise do something that makes me feel like a part of a Yoga cult?
The short answer is NO. The longer answer is YES (it is one letter longer, you see?).
You may not want to chant “OM” at the beginning or end of your first or second yoga class. You may never want to— but, saying yes and expanding your comfort zone is a known side effect of practicing yoga. In general, practicing yoga will make you happy. Happy people hold hands* and sing.
*Energy Movement Center Yoga Teachers are not known for having students hold hands during yoga class. Actually that would be kind of odd.
Will “Yogis” talk about me or laugh at me because I confuse Warrior I and Warrior II, or I fall out of Warrior III?
No! Real Yogis don’t judge. Yoga teaches us not to judge ourselves, and therefore we lose the ability to judge others. It really works that way. When you stop judging yourself, you loosen the ego’s grip on the mind, and can begin to relax. This will allow you to safely challenge yourself during your yoga class AND to take breaks when you know you need them.
Isn’t yoga just stretching exercises?
Yoga (meaning union, or to yoke) brings together many different practices under the umbrella of this one term. Yoga may begin as a breath and posture based practice. Then, for most practitioners, it will eventually evolve to a more comprehensive, holistic practice both on and off of the yoga mat. This practice generally follows the Ashtanga or 8-limbed path of Yoga.
There are 8 limbs (as they are called) of Yoga. They are:
Yamas (outward or moral practices): The 5 yamas are non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-hoarding
Niyamas (inward or self-restrictions/observances): The 5 niyamas are cleanliness, contentment, spiritual purification, study of sacred texts, and devotion to one’s higher power.
Asana (the physical postures): What you think yoga is!
Pranayama (breath work): Ever notice how your breath changes when you are angry, or anxious? Breathe deep. Live longer.
Pratyahara (sense withdrawal): Prepare for meditation.
Darana (focused concentration): Mantra repetition—continue to prepare for meditation.
Dyana: Meditation, bliss…