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Yoga

“Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.”

-B.K.S. Iyengar

What is Yoga

The classical techniques of yoga date back thousands of years, but no one knows exactly when yoga began. The word yoga literally means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together in one harmonious experience. The whole system of yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. The exercises of yoga are designed correct imbalances and weaknesses in the body. The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so a yoga student treats it with great care and respect. Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body. The yoga student gently refines breath control to improve the health and function of both body and mind. These two systems of exercise and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation, and the student finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from everyday stress. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.

Yoga has many styles

One of the benefits of yoga is that you can choose a style of yoga that is tailored to your lifestyle. At Longevita Pilates & Yoga Studio we offer a variety of types of yoga classes from: Hot yoga, warm yoga, non-heated yoga, hatha, flow, and gentle classes.

The Benefits of Yoga:

  • Stress reduction and improved sleep
  • Increased strength and stamina
  • Improved balance and flexibility
  • Pain prevention and alleviation
  • Joint health
  • Better breathing
  • Mental calmness and a sense of well-being

 

  • Arrive 10 – 15 minutes before class to complete some paperwork (or you can download the Student Registration Form and bring it with you).
  • Introduce yourself to the instructor and communicate any pre-existing medical issues or concerns you might have.
  • Dress comfortably. Classes are all barefoot.
  • Avoid Perfume. Please help us maintain a fragrance-free environment.
  • A light stomach will ensure you are more comfortable in class. Wait two to three hours after a meal or a half hour after a snack.
  • Yoga mats (available for rent) and all other props are available at the studio. We encourage you to bring your own mat if you have one.
  • Check in, take off your shoes, bring clean feet, and turn off your cell phone. There is space in the studio to safely store your personal belongings.

 

Longevita, like most yoga studios, is a shoe-free zone. Yoga is traditionally practiced in bare feet on a sticky rubber mat.The teacher may talk to you before or during class about your physical history, experience with yoga, injuries, etc. If you would rather do this in private, the instructor will be available before class, so feel free to talk to the instructor then. It is always advisable to let the teacher know about any physical issues you may have so that they can structure the poses to fit your needs.

A yoga pose is simply a position you take with the body. Sometimes they are called “postures.” The Sanskrit word for a yoga pose is “asana.” (AH-sah-na). Poses are designed to give the body and mind maximum benefit. Doing yoga is called “practicing,” and a yoga class is also called a “practice.” Poses range from very simple to advanced – but, contrary to what is featured in the media, the majority of them are attainable for most bodies.

During your practice, the teacher will lead you through a variety of yoga poses with directions for proper alignment of the body. Depending on the teacher, he or she may also offer breathing directions, lead you through a relaxing visualization, or play music. Some teachers are very conversational, with questions and answers as part of the class; other teachers lead a more guided practice, while they walk through the class and work with each student individually as they teach. Some practices are very slow and methodical and focus on a few specific poses; while others may flow and move through more poses with more emphasis on the transitions between poses. Some classes will focus more on relaxation; while others will give you a more physical workout. Each instructor brings his or her unique expression of yoga to class; expect each class and each instructor to be different.

Classes traditionally end with a rest pose in which you lie on your back on the mat and just relax for a while. The Sanskrit term for this pose is Savasana (sha-VAH-sah-na). This pose is all about comfort and rest. So if lying on your back is not comfortable for you, let the teacher know and the teacher will offer modifications. To close class, it is traditional for the teacher to say “Namaste” and for the class to repeat it back to the teacher. “Namaste” loosely translates to mean “The light in me recognizes and bows to the light in you.” It is a way of acknowledging that we are all part of the same beautiful, united whole.

If you feel overwhelmed by all the new information from your very first yoga class, rest assured! After one or two more classes, the practice will feel more familiar to you and you will feel more at ease. Give yourself at least three or four classes before deciding whether yoga is right for you. And, PLEASE, stay after class or email us with any questions or concerns you have. It is our goal and pleasure to make your yoga experience with us enjoyable, relevant and valuable to your life!

New Client Specials

3 Private Sessions (Pilates or Yoga)

3 Private Sessions for $150

All Access Pass

All Access Pass 30 days (any class) for $59

Barre/ALL Yoga

Barre/ALL Yoga 30 Days Unlimited for $30