Frequently Asked Yoga Questions
1. What does “yoga” mean?
Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “to yoke” or “to unite”. As a practice, it is a scientific system for achieving total health, mental, and spiritual well-being — a means to unite the body, mind, and spirit.
2. Can beginners attend classes at Namaste yoga?
Absolutely, we all start somewhere. We welcome you as you are, providing a space that nurtures and supports you on your yoga journey.
3.How often should i practice?
Ideally, yoga is meant to be a daily practice. As that is quite overwhelming to a beginner, we recommend you set a goal you can realistically keep. Consistency is the key—it’s far better to attend one class per week without fail than to attend four classes one week, none for the next two weeks, one the next week, etc. The more you practice, the better you will feel, and the more you will want to practice.
4. I can’t sit still and can’t touch my toes. is yoga for me?
One of the great things about yoga is it brings us all to the same common denominator—we all have the same struggles and worries, and though everyone comes in a different body, each of us has a path to travel to make it a more comfortable place to live. People come to Namasteyoga with differing levels of experience, but there is room for everyone. We are ALL learning. Talk to us, and we can point you in the right direction.
5. What type of yoga does Namasteyoga offer?
Namasteyoga offers different forms of yoga but mainly Vinyasa yoga with a mixture of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga.
6. What is the difference between Vinyasa, Hatha and Ashtanga yoga?
Vinyasa is a series of poses that flow smoothly into one another.
Ashtanga is a series of poses, combined with special breathing technique.
Hatha is the form most associated with Yoga, it combines a series of basic movements with breathing
7. What if i can’t do a pose?
Yoga is about baby steps, we must crawl before we can walk and walk before we can run. Ask the instructor for a modification if one is not offered. We stress the non-competitive nature of yoga and invite you to make the practice your own, — honoring your body and doing what is best for you—not forcing yourself into a shape that you aren’t ready for.
8. Is yoga a workout? will i lose weight?
The answer depends on the style of yoga you select, as well as the frequency and intensity with which you practice. Although the focus in yoga is about balance, healing, and reconnecting, a regular practice will not only open your mind and offer you a fresh perspective on your life, but it also will absolutely change your body. While not an intense aerobic workout, it does burn calories as you create long lean muscles and cultivate flexibility and greater range of motion in the joints. Just as important, as you move into an improved state of well-being, you will make choices off the mat that also improve your health.
9. Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion, though it does have a spiritual component. You do not need to be religious to practice. It has been practiced by individuals of widely differing beliefs and any and all people are welcome at Namasteyoga . In order to practice, you only need to believe in the possibility that we can transform ourselves, that there is always more to learn, and that there is a better way to approach life than the old habits that tie us down. At the heart is the openness to see we have not yet tapped into our highest potential as human beings. Yoga seeks to put us in touch with our spiritual core—our innermost nature—that which or who we truly are.
10. Do i need to bring anything?
Although we have yoga mats to loan, you need to have your own mat if you are going to practice yoga. It’s more hygienic, and more importantly, having your own mat will make it much more likely you will unroll it at home. We sell yoga mats, clothing and accessories. You might also want to bring water, though we suggest you drink before and after, and not during practice.
11. Do i need to sign up in advance?
Yes. You are required to sign up for every class but walk-ins are welcomed.
12. I’d like to bring yoga to my workplace/my home do you offer that service?
We do. Our instructors have experience in homes, offices, hospitals, and schools, as well as offering special team-building classes. We want to promote yoga as a practice for living a happier, healthier life; a practice that is accessible to everyone. We are committed to offering yoga anywhere and everywhere we can. To arrange a private or corporate yoga class please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so excited for you to become a member of the Namasteyoga community. If there is anything you are unsure about, please talk to us.
Yoga is life. Namasté