Who can pactice Yoga?
Anyone who seeks to combine physical and mental balance will benefit from the practice of Yoga, regardless of their age, gender, physical condition, occupation or religion.
Yoga is recommended for all who seek to combine bodily labor (postural correction, strength, flexibility and balance) to a state of tranquility, relaxation and mental concentration. Thus, it reveals itself as a profoundly transforming medium, increasing Consciousness and greatly improving the quality of life and well-being.
I do not have previous Yoga experience or physical flexibility, are these classes suitable for me?
You do not need to have previous experience. Our classes are suitable for all levels of practice. We make the necessary adjustments according to the characteristics of each student. In addition, we have several materials that can facilitate the execution of some postures.
Flexibility is something that develops with a consistent and regular practice.
What is the ideal yoga practice for me?
We all have psycho-physical characteristics, different needs and availabilities. Choosing which type of yoga to practice is very personal. You can and should, first of all, experience a lesson to feel the practice, feel the space surrounding, the group and the teacher.
If the combination of all these factors has a positive resonance in itself, then it is in the right practice for you! If not, try a different practice until you find the one which you identify yourself with.
Here are some tips than can help:
If you have any physical limitations or any particular health condition, it may be helpful to start with Private Classes, tailored to your specific condition.
If you are pregnant, Yoga for Pregnant Women is the ideal option.
If you have little availability to practice and / or like the model of guided classes, the classes of Dynamic Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Improv are excellent for you.
If you have enough willingness to practice, are disciplined and like to have some degree of autonomy, the practice of Ashtanga Yoga – Mysore may be interesting for you.
If you travel a lot and can practice on your own when you are away, Ashtanga Yoga – Mysore classes or Private Lessons will help you in this direction.
If you have a baby bring him / her with you to Postpartum Yoga classes and also to Yoga Baby, both of you will love it!
What is the ideal frequency for practicing Yoga?
The frequency for practicing Yoga varies greatly depending on the availability of each person, their will and personal needs.
Of course, a daily practice, or at least regular, consistent and sustained over time will be ideal! In general, we recommend that you take at least 2 lessons per week to experience some progress and lasting benefits.
When is the best time to practice?
Dawn and dusk are traditionally considered golden moments for Yoga. It is in these phases of the day that the mind more easily enters a meditative state. However, and especially in the fast pace of modern life, we assume that the best time to practice is one in which each person is physically and mentally available for it. That is, depending on your daily routines.
Practicing Yoga on any moment of the day brings its benefits:
In the morning, the practice of Yoga helps you start your day, with lots of energy, self-confidence, good disposition, tranquility and a focused mind. Effects that you will feel throughout the day. The body is less flexible, but the mind is quite available and concentrated.
At lunchtime, you have a revitalizing and relaxing break in the middle of a work day. Energies are recovered and renewed energy is stored for the rest of the day, avoiding an accumulation of tiredness and stress. On the other hand, at the peak of heat of the day, the body heats easily, favoring the natural process of cleansing and detoxification that Yoga produces on the body.
In the afternoon / evening, the body is much more flexible and articulate at a muscular level, and responds better to the practice of the asanas (Yoga postures). Although the mind is less available to concentration and shows some signs of fatigue, it manages to relax deeply, preparing for the rest of the night. Physical and mental tensions accumulated throughout the day are released.
Do I need to bring Yoga mat?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. It’s not mandatory. In the studio we have several Yoga mats available for use by students during classes. However, for the sake of hygiene, many students prefer to have their own Yoga mat.
I have very uncertain work schedules, how do I attend classes?
Talk to your teacher to find a workable solution. This way, you can compensate for missing classes at other times, or combine schedules of different teachers, or choose to take one-on-one classes. Certainly, whenever you have availability.
When to take a shower – before or after practice?
Before the practice of the asanas (Yoga postures), a warm bath is very favorable because it helps to activate the circulation and to warm the body. This is especially true when it is practiced in the early morning or when it is very cold. In addition, a bath before the practice also has the external body cleansing function, which is important. The practice of Yoga will then make the inner cleansing.
The bath should not be taken immediately after practice, but only 30 minutes later, in order to allow the prana (vital energy) diffused with the practice of Yoga to be stored. For thus the body-mind system can assimilate the beneficial effects of practice. In addition to this, with sweat some important mineral salts can also be released, so the body must have time to re-absorb them again before taking a bath.
As the yoga class always ends with a final relaxation, the body has time to cool down and dry. Thus, one does not leave the studio with the feeling of being very perspired and desirous of a bath. It is a matter of habit 😉
I’m pregnant, is there any contraindication in practicing Yoga?
As long as your doctor gives you permission to exercise, there is no problem in practicing Yoga. Quite the opposite! Yoga will be very beneficial for you and your baby. You should ask your teacher to advise you in a more personalized way on this subject. Also, so that you can make the necessary adjustments to the pregnancy, if you frequent a regular group.
You can also choose the Yoga classes for pregnant women that are ideal for this phase.
I have a spinal / joint problem, etc … Can I take the lessons?
You should first confirm with your doctor if there is any movement or exercise that is not indicated for you and inform your teacher. Depending on the situation, you can attend regular group classes, make small adaptations that are convenient for you, or, consequently, opt for private lessons for a program that is more suited to your specific condition.
I have respiratory problems. Can Yoga help?
During yoga practice we breathe slowly, deeply, controlled and conscious, both during the execution of the asanas (Yoga postures) and in the execution of some specific breathing techniques. Thus, it is natural for a substantial improvement in respiratory capacity and to have very positive effects on your overall health.
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