Although Yoga has been around for many years, it has become a household name in the last decade. Yoga is a fantastic way to build physical strength and flexibility as well as cultivate calm and peace in our spirits. Our bodies are designed to move. The movements in yoga build a “whole body strength” that we don’t get from all sports and gym activities. The aim of yoga is twofold. It heals the body and calms the mind. Many people turn to yoga to heal injuries and to reduce stress.
Some of the many benefits of yoga include developing or improving the following;
Balance and coordination
Core Strength – whole body strength
Peace of mind
Increased performance in any sport
(Non-heated classes offered on Monday’s in Westboro at 7:15pm and Tuesday’s in Worcester at 7:00pm. All Gentle/Restorative area also non-heated.)
Heat protects your muscles as they move through their full range of motion.
When practicing in the heat endorphins are released helping to reverse the negative effects of stress.
Heat increases the heart rate, which, in turn, strengthens the heart.
Enhances vasodilation so that more blood is delivered to the muscles
The capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to heat by dilating. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily
When blood passes through warm muscles oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles releases much less oxygen.
Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
Higher temperatures soften collagen around the joints for more freedom of movement, and improve the function of the nervous system – meaning that messages are sent more rapidly to and from the brain and spinal cord.
The process of sweating releases toxins, and exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin, the largest organ of your body.
Sweating is just as essential to your body as breathing and eating!
Like most things, yoga doesn’t always feel as good as it can the very first time. We ask that you commit to trying at least 3 classes before making up your mind. You will begin to feel a sense of ease not only in your body, but in your spirit! You will feel healthier, stronger, more open and energetic, more patient and more joyful!
The minimum age to practice at any of our classes is 14 yrs. old. Many of our classes are heated which may not appropriate for younger bodies. Those classes that are non-heated can still be inappropriate due to safety issues.
(also see “beginner’s” page for helpful information)
This will give you time to register, meet your instructor, ask any questions you may have and take a tour of the studio.
Some yoga exercises squeeze and flush your kidneys; this releases toxins in your body. You need water to help flush those toxins out. Bring water to class as well and it is extremely important to drink water after class as you will be sweating. Drinking water will help your body more efficiently replenish the fluid that was lost during class.
If you must eat, fruit is the best option as it is easily digested.
You will not need shoes during class so make sure you take them off before entering the studio.
Don’t be frustrated if you feel like a beginner. You are! Frustration will only limit your growth. It takes time to learn each posture and to get used to the heat. ENJOY your experience; its the best way to get the full benefit of what yoga has to offer. Remember that consistent practice is important. You will only improve over time.
After one class you will feel invigorated.
After a month of practice you will feel more energized and less stressed.
Your skin will look healthier through better blood circulation giving you better color and tone.
Your body will begin to change, looking better and operating more efficiently.
You will be more flexible and your metabolic heart rate will slow down and improve.
After 6 months, your immune system improves. You will look healthier and more vibrant and experience mental clarity.
Your energy level will be up and your stress level will go down. Your yoga sessions make you feel better for a good reason; physical stimulation, lymphatic and cardiovascular circulation and reduction of toxins.
Everyone ends the practice by saying the word “Namaste” which means “The light in me, honors and bows to the light in you”.
Bring a yoga mat, a yoga towel, a hand towel and water. We sell all items in our retail boutique.
We rent yoga mats for $2.00, yoga towels (yogitoes) for $4.00 and bath towels for $2.00. We sell water for $2.00.
Yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach.
Wear comfortable, fitted clothing that is easy to stretch in. Loose shirts can get in the way.
Be sure to inform the instructor of any injuries or limiting conditions you may have.
Arrive 10 minutes early for your first class.
Please remove your shoes before entering the studio.
Please plan to leave your cell phone with your personal items outside the yoga room. If you need to bring into the room for emergency reasons discuss with the teacher first.
Be prepared to sweat, and discover your inner strength!