Most people have so many questions when they first come to yoga that they don’t know where to begin. In this section, we offer up some of the most common questions and answers.

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.

Can beginners attend Yoga classes at YogLove?

Absolutely, we all start somewhere. We welcome you as you are, providing a space that nurtures and supports you on your yoga journey. You can choose the classes based on your level.

How often I should 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.

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 yoga mindset 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.

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.

Can I still practice Yoga during my menstrual period?

Practicing yoga is a great way to prevent and stop menstrual cramps. It relaxes and rejuvenates the mind to take the edge off any mood swings you may experience. Centering and breathing exercises as well as practicing grounding poses are recommended. It is advisable to avoid postures, which require inversions during your menstrual period as it will tax your overall system.

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, 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 a 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.

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 yoga mindset. 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.

Do I need to signup in advance?

If you’d like to attend a workshop we do suggest you register in advance. You can find plenty of information on this website, particularly via the link below: YogLove classes

What are the benefits of online Yoga classes?

All you have to do is click the link to connect to the Online Studio. You don’t have to be stuck in traffic to come to the class on time. You can learn Yoga at your own pace from the comfort of your home. It gives you more control of your practice.

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