Who can take yoga classes?
What are some of the health benefits of yoga?
What do students need to bring to class?
What is a class like at Quiet Willow Yoga Studio?
Is yoga a religion?
Is it a replacement for conventional therapy of medical
Can I take yoga even if I am not flexible?
Can beginners take a yoga class?
What is Pilates?
Can you take both Pilates and Yoga?
What is Stress Management?
Yoga is a Sanskrit
word that means joining or union. It is the root of the English word
‘yoke’. It is a system of mind and body exercises developed more than
5,000 years ago in India and was first described in writing by the Indian
Yogi Patanjali who wrote that “yoga is the ability to direct the mind
exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction without any
can take yoga classes?
Because yoga is not a competitive sport but a system of self-knowledge,
almost anyone can benefit from yoga practice. It is important to let
the teacher know if you have any specific health concerns so that the
physical yoga positions and breathing exercises can be modified to make
them safe and more effective.
are some of the health benefits of yoga?
Stress reduction, increased flexibility, and deep relaxation are tangible
benefits. Yoga is not a cure for physical disorders, but it can be a
very effective adjunct to treatment of a variety of medical conditions.
But even if you are in perfect health, it is a great way to stay fit.
do students need to bring to class?
At Quiet Willow Yoga Studio we have mats and blankets, and a variety
of ‘props’ (blocks, pillows, and straps) to help you move into and hold
some yoga postures. Many people prefer to bring their own mats to class,
and once you know that yoga is something you want to do on a regular
basis, it is a good idea to buy your own mat. You can buy mats at places
like Target, Whole Foods Market, or Home Goods, or order them from online
suppliers. You should wear comfortable clothes to class that allow you
to stretch and bend easily. It is safest to do most yoga positions barefoot,
or wearing socks with a ‘sticky’ surface so you don’t slip.
is a class like at Quiet Willow Yoga Studio?
Class, which lasts for about 75 minutes, begins in savasana (lying on
the back with eyes closed and body relaxed) for deep relaxation. It
is the time in class to bring the focus inward and concentrate on the
breathing. Classes may have different emphases depending on the needs
of the students, but in general, a typical class follows the pattern
below: From savasana, we do a series of restorative poses aimed at warming
up the muscles and helping each person identify any places in the body
that might need extra gentleness or work. We then move to: sun salutations,
which are a series of postures that give the body a good cardiovascular
workout; leg lifts and an inverted posture; forward folds and back bends;
a lateral stretch for the spine such as triangle; pranayama; and we
end class in savasana with a guided relaxation.
yoga a religion?
No, although some religions incorporate parts of yoga into their spiritual
it a replacement for conventional therapy of medical disorders?
No. You should continue any current medication or treatment program.
You may want to consult your doctor before taking yoga to see if there
are any limitations on activities that you and your yoga teacher should
I take yoga even if I am not flexible?
Absolutely! One of the beauties of yoga is that it allows you to work
at your own pace and within your own limits.
beginners take a yoga class?
At Quiet Willow Yoga Studio we demonstrate each posture and suggest
less challenging and more challenging ways to do them so that students
can find their own level. The classes are deliberately kept very small
so that each student gets individual attention and instruction appropriate
to ‘where they are’ in yoga. There is also a stress management class
that includes very gentle stretches, deep relaxation and meditation
for those who prefer that approach or feel they want to ease into yoga
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates at the end of WWI. He originally
termed it 'contrology'. It immediately gained popularity among dancers
because of its emphasis on postural alignment and strengthening of the
deep core muscles that girdle the waist. It is still popular because
it can tone muscles and help to 'sculpt' the body quickly.
I take both Yoga and Pilates?
Yoga has a quality of stillness about it, while similar postures in
Pilates are repeated over and over. You don't have to choose one or
the other. Try both. You may find one more suited to your needs and
personality or you do what many Quiet Willow Yoga Students do: enjoy
the benefits of both.
is Stress Management?
Stress management combines gentle yoga stretches and deep relaxation
through meditation and guided imagery. People who are very fit enjoy
it; those who have difficulty doing standing poses or more active yoga
also find it very beneficial.