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Q: What does Namaste mean?

A: We end each class with bowing to each other, repeating the salutation, Namaste. This traditional Indian greeting honours the light and truth within both the giver and the receiver. We use it to honour the teacher, ourselves and the tradition that has been passed down through all the yoga teachers who have gone before.

Q: What is Savasana and why is it important?

A: Savasana is the last pose that we do in all classes. It is time for the body to experience active relaxation, a time to return the body to a more balanced homeostasis. During this time, the body is able to release cortisol, the stress hormone, and produce more Alpha waves, waves that induce a greater feeling of calmness and mental clarity. You will leave feeling refreshed and energized.

Q: What is yoga?

A: The term “yoga” comes from the meaning of “union”. This refers to the ultimate goal of our practice, union between the mind, the body, and the spirit. Through yoga, equilibrium is created, resulting in harmonious balance of these three areas.

Q: What should I wear to practice yoga?

A: Please wear comfortable, loose, flexible clothing. We will be moving around a lot, so it is important for your clothes to be able to move/stretch with you.

Q: Don’t I have to be flexible to practice yoga?

A: No! Over time, yoga will help to open up tight areas of the body (think hips, back, hamstrings, etc). Practicing yoga will help you to become flexible, ease aches and pains, and allow your body a greater range of motion for daily activities.

Q: I’m so busy, how is it possible to fit yoga into my life?

A: Sounds like you need some yoga to balance your busy life! Yoga helps to calm the mind and release tension in your body. You will likely leave feeling refreshed and renewed because you have spent time clearing your mind and slowing down your nervous system. Yoga helps to fill up your tank, instead of draining it and driving around on empty.

Q: What if the teacher does a pose that I’m not ready for?

A: Never put your body at risk of an injury. You know yourself the best, so please listen to your inner voice. Take it slowly and be gentle with your body, as you can always go further when you feel comfortable. This is your practice and that’s what makes yoga so rewarding! At the yoga loft, we give you a few variations for each pose so that you can pick the one that suits you the best!

Q: Why is breathing so important when practicing yoga?

A: Deep breathing allows our nervous system to slow right down, putting the breaks on our stressful lives. Slowing down the nervous system sends a signal to our brain that it’s ok to let go of tension, frustration, and stress that have built up in our bodies. Through this deep breathing, we are sending prana (energy) rich oxygen to feed and nourish ourselves from the inside out, which allows the body to detox and rejuvenate. Quick, shallow breathing, often a result of a hectic lifestyle, starves the body of oxygen, which results in reduced vitality, premature aging, and poor immune functioning. Yogic breathing (pranayama) is the perfect way to decompress from our busy lives, leaving us feeling grounded, centred, and refreshed.

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