• What does Om mean?

Om is the universal sound that all sounds originated from and all creation emerged.  The sound of Om has four parts to it. 

  1. "Ahhh,"
  2. "Ooo and
  3. "Mmmm,"
  4. Silence

After to absorb the vibration and energy of the sound. Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is said to be the sound of the universe. Chanting Om allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves–the setting sun, the rising moon, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.

• What is yogic breathing?

Pranayama is a series of exercises that are intended to keep the mind and body vibrant and in good health, Prana means life energy and yama means control therefore Pranayama means breathe control.

• When and how long to practice yoga

Just as with any form of exercise yoga should be built up slowly starting with the easier poses and building up to the harder ones gradually. There is no special time to do yoga because there are advantages to doing yoga anytime of the day, for instance doing your yoga routine first thing in the morning is an excellent way to revitalize both the mind and body ready for the day ahead. Practicing the yogic breathing and meditation exercises last thing at night will aid in promoting restful sleep. Whatever time you choose to do yoga it is important that you do not strain yourself and always stop if you feel tired, resting in between poses is also beneficial. A session of yoga doesn’t have to be lengthy but should be done everyday even for as little as 15 minutes.

• I'm not flexible–can I do yoga?

Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

• What do I need to begin?

All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of sweat pants, leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that's not too baggy. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. It's nice to bring a towel to class with you. As your practice develops you might want to buy your own yoga mat, but most studios will have mats and other props available for you.