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If you are new to yoga, learning class etiquette and knowing what to expect from your first class may be overwhelming. Fortunately, most yoga communities are quite welcoming and are glad to incorporate you into the fold. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about yoga.
Yoga will improve your overall fitness level. Yoga also helps reduce stress. Consider that time in the yoga studio as "me time" where you get to shut out everything and take a break.
Yoga benefits your body, mind, and spirit. You can expect improved strength, stamina, balance, and flexibility. Regular yoga practice reduces cholesterol, and your body's aches and pain, often better than pain medication. Yoga can reduce stress and improve sleep. The spiritual aspects of yoga affect each person differently, but can be quite profound.
Not at all. Your flexibility will increase as you practice yoga. Almost no one comes to yoga with all the flexibility necessary for yoga postures. Learn to grow into your body's own flexibility as you learn to move in each posture or asana.
There are many styles of yoga and many different teachers making it hard to generalize. There are gentle yoga classes and rigorous yoga classes. Yoga is like meditation in motion. Look at the class descriptions where you want to attend classes and decide what may best fit your desires and needs.
No, not at all! You should move with your body's own flexibility always. Be open to moving and pay attention to your yoga teacher. You should not nor should you feel the need to twist yourself into a pretzel. Be mindful that there is a difference between pain and being uncomfortable and being uncomfortable in not always a bad thing. It's ok to leave your comfort zone once in a while.
Well, "that depend"s, is what my teacher always says to me. It depends on your fitness goals and current physical condition, of course. Usually a Gentle or a Beginner class works well for a beginner. Get to know your teacher and how you move in your own skin, your body; then decide where you want to go next. Take it one step at a time, listen to your body. We also offer a Beginner Workshop about every other month so look our for those and then sign up to attend. It's a great place to learn lots in a 2 hour time space.
Comfortable clothing that allows you to move and bend freely is best. Many yogis wear long, fitted, strechy pants and shirts that allow free movement of the arms and shoulders. Anything that you feel comfortable in and can move well in is fine. Men should wear T-shirts and women should wear a good bra that supports them well and allows movement.
For beginners, all you need to bring is a water bottle and a workout towel. We have mats and props for you to use while in the studio.
Wear comfortable clothing and arrive about ten minutes early to let the instructor know it is your first class. We have mats and props for you to use while in the studio. You can do some yoga research beforehand, but it's not required.
Yes, but always check with your doctor first to be safe. This may not be the best time to start a yoga practice but it sure helps your body and mind during your pregnancy. Learning breath work is a nice skill to have when you go into labor. Twisting should be avoided while practicing yoga as well as inversions. We invite you to come to a Gentle yoga class or the Meditation class.
Yes. In fact, yoga offers great benefits to children including learning self-health and body awareness while reducing stress and increasing strength, stamina, mental focus, and flexibility. We periodically offer a kids yoga class so check back with us for more information if your interested.
I have never taken a formal yoga class before and my first experience was venturing to take the aerial yoga class at Purple Blossom Yoga Studio. The experience was very rewarding. I traditionally weight train, which is a more compressive exercise. This class was physically challenging and the ability to be weightless and to invert struck a core balance to my normal fitness routine. I felt so good the next day! I was amazed to wake up in such an alert state. I felt taller. Breathing was easier. My mind had latched on to an interest in yoga a few months ago and I?m so glad I chose the workshop. The studio and instructor were warm and very helpful. The routine was challenging yet relaxing. It left me feeling more radiant on the inside. I have decided that yoga needs to be a regular part of my routine. It fulfilled a void on all levels and I?m utterly grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this. The level of knowledge demonstrated definitely made me feel comfortable that the instructors here teach with great care to ensure you reap the full rewards of this physical art form, which is how I interpret it. I felt like I was the art medium and yoga was the conduit for its expression. I would assume everyone takes away their own unique perspective of the practice and I can only hope it also touches them on such a personal level. Although a standard gym may offer classes, having experienced yoga in an environment supporting this practice, I can sense I would be left wanting due to that lacking. It truly supports the ability to fully engage and immerse yourself in such a deeply rewarding experience. I look forward to visiting your studio in the future. Julie
I have been a member of Purple Blossom for almost 3 years. I came to the studio not knowing a single pose or much about the philosophy and yet after each class I felt drawn more and more to yoga and the atmosphere at PB. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to learn and practice yoga in a beautiful environment with great teachers. Their experience has helped me advance my practice and achieve many goals. Thanks to Purple Blossom yoga has become a part of me. Every day I look forward to take a class at the studio. Ewa
Like home Absolutely love Purple Blossom! As a newbie in town, I felt welcomed. My relationship with the studio has inconcluded one year. I cannot find the words to express my immense gratitude. There is love, care, and competence in every single inch and in every single person in this studio. Go, enjoy and discover your yoga self. Ana