What is YOGA?
The Sanskrit word YOGA means “to yoke” or “to unite”. The practice of YOGA unites the body, mind and spirit through breath work, physical poses and meditation. It is a complete system that brings about total health, mental and spiritual well-being through promoting self-discovery.
I’ve never done yoga, can I still attend your classes?
ABSOLUTELY! Be the Journey Yoga is YOGA 4 EVERY BODY. We offer a safe, secure and inclusive practice for all. Modifications and adjustments can be made for each pose and each person. The beauty of yoga is that it’s about self-discovery. We all have unique bodies and circumstances. We are ALL learning. Yoga is a very personal practice and NOT one size fits all.
I’m not flexible, I can’t even touch my toes, how can I do yoga?
The biggest misconception about yoga is that it is a practice only for flexible people. You will find this to be completely untrue. The majority of people who come to yoga experience tightness, stiffness, and inflexibility. Yoga can provide more flexibility and mobility, but it is not overnight. Even the most physically active people experience lack of flexibility. This is why yoga is excellent for every BODY, whether you have a very active lifestyle or sit at a desk most of your days.
How often should I practice yoga?
Yoga is a practice that should be consistent. My philosophy when it comes to how often to practice is to decide what you can commit to on a regular basis. You may hear many people say they practice every day. While this is great, it may not be realistic for everyone. Set a goal for yourself that is realistic and that you can commit to. In my opinion it is far better to attend one class a week consistently than to attend every day for two weeks and then fall of the wagon for 3 weeks and then start over again. I have many students who commit to their practice whether it’s one class per week or five. Consistency is the key!
What if I can’t do a pose?
Like I said above, consistency is .key. Where you are today is not where you were yesterday or even where you will be next week. I offer a safe, supportive and inclusive yoga practice. I stress the non-competitive nature of yoga and take time to learn about each student so modifications can be offered. It is not uncommon for each person in the class to be doing something different based on where their body is that day. Come as you are. Use what you have. Do what you can and create the practice that best fits YOU.
Is Yoga a religion?
You could find all sorts of answers to this question out there. My philosophy is that yoga is a mindset with a spiritual component if one is open to it. For many the practice of yoga starts and remains with the physical. For others it becomes much more. Allowing us to remove the layers of “stuff” that the world around us piles on. Yoga brings us to self-discovery of the Oneness that all things are connected and that the Divine is in us. I do refer to God in my classes, but one need not be religious to experience this inner connection. Yoga is practiced across the globe by individuals with differing beliefs. We only need to believe that we have the power to uncover ourselves and that there is always more to learn. It’s self-discovery of our true essence.
What do I need to bring?
We have all the props needed for class. You can borrow a yoga mat, but more than likely you will like to have your own mat if you are going to continue your practice. Need to purchase a mat? Here's a link to my favorite.
What should I expect at my first class?
Please arrive 15 minutes before class time for your first class. That will give you plenty of time to get familiar with the studio. We have a place for shoes in the lobby (no shoes in the yoga room). Leave your cell phone in the car or turn it OFF (not on vibrate). I will greet you and talk specifically about your expectations and any injuries or concerns you might have. Arriving early gives you time to find your place and ask any questions. It is imperative that I know if you are pregnant or are dealing with an injury.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and will not get in your way or make it difficult for the instructor to check your alignment. Do plan on practicing in your bare feet, remove jewelry. Please refrain from wearing scented lotions or perfumes in respect for those who may have sensitivities to fragrances.
What is a Journey Session?
A Journey Session is a combination of guided meditation, restorative yoga, gentle touch and breath work. It is not to be confused with massage, Reiki or any specific energy modality. There are no gurus; no symbols. The best way for me to describe it would be the feeling of complete relaxation, similar to savasana, with the added benefit of therapeutic touch. My feeling is that all healing is self healing. A Journey Session takes you deeper into a prolonged parasympathetic state so the body can begin the process of healing from the inside.
We begin by assessing what is needed from our session, i.e. pain relief, stress relief or energy to fight illness or injury. You will be positioned comfortably in a restorative yoga pose that will help with the focus of our session. I start with a guided meditation to relax the body and then perform a scan of the body using light touch, paying particular attention to any areas discussed during our initial assessment. To complete the touch portion, I move back through the entire body focusing on each energy center, beginning with scalp massage and ending with foot massage, just as I do in class. I end each session with a guided visualization. A Journey Session can last 45 to 75 minutes.