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 Frequently Asked Questions


What is Yoga?

Yoga Means “Union”
Many people think this refers to the union between body, mind and spirit but the traditional acceptance is that yoga means union between one's individual consciousness and the Universal Consciousness.
Therefore Yoga refers to a certain state of consciousness as well as to methods that help one reach that goal or state of union with the divine.

How often should I practice yoga?

I would suggest starting by practicing yoga 2-3 times per week, 30-60 minutes per day. It is best to start slow and gradually build up the duration per day and per week. Your body may change a lot the first year of yoga, and you need to listen and adjust your practice to work with your body. Most importantly do not push yourself, and do what feels good for your body.

Can I do Yoga even if I am not flexible?

Don’t avoid yoga because you think you are not flexible. In reality yoga has nothing to do with being flexible. The goal of yoga is to increase vitality.
However, if you do have tight muscles, yoga will help you loosen up and increase the flexibility.
The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but rather to become more flexible over time while enjoying yoga’s many health benefits.

What is the appropriate amount of time to wait after eating, before practicing asana or meditation? And after practicing, before eating?

Recommended: 2-3 hours.
The stomach should be empty when practicing yoga. Food in the stomach can reduce range of motion and energy level, which can adversely effect your strength & stamina as well as your ability to concentrate. Now you know the issues, knowing the expediency of your own digestive system, you can make your own decisions.
After practicing, before eating: about 1/2 hour.


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