The Skinny on Yoga

HOW DO I START?

We fully recommend begining your yoga journey by attending either the basic level classes or Yoga 101 series. These introductory classes focus on alignment, foundation, and breathing so you can safely get the most out of your practice. There is no timeline for when you move up from introductory classes, and students progress at their own rate.

 

DO I NEED TO  SIGN UP FOR REGULAR CLASSES?

 

Students don't need to sign up for regular classes. Just arrive at the yoga studio 5-15 minutes before class begins to check-in and pay for class. Let the staff know that you are new to yoga, and we will give you an easy new student form to fill out.

 

WHAT DO I WEAR? WHAT DO I BRING?

 

Wear comfortable clothing; something that stretches and you can easily move in, from traditional yoga clothing to your own t-shirt and sports bra. We have several options in our retail store.

 

We provide yoga mats at each studio to use during class, and we sell yoga mats in our retail stores. As there are many different types of yoga mats on the market, we highly recommend you purchase a mat you are comfrotable with, and bring that to class. It is a small and wise investment to aid your practice. A small towel is also beneficial to use during practice, especially during hot classes.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A TYPICAL CLASS?

 

The typical class begins with warm-ups before moving into standing poses, balance poses, abdominal exercises, hip and hamstring openers, and backbends. We also get into seated poses, twists, and supine (laying down) poses. A brief resting period called savasana, which is most yogis' favorite part, occurs before the teacher brings you into a final seated posure and "om." If you have to leave early, please do so before savasana begins to be respectful of others.

 

If you feel at all sore after your first class, drink plenty of water, and you can take a warm bath with Epsom salts to to ease any muscle soreness. This should only occur in the beginning and subside as you get stronger. Stretching the day after a rigorous class is recommended to keep the energy flow in the body.

 

Most of all, give it a fair chance. Consistent practice over a period of time definitely will lead to results. If you stick with yoga, you will enjoy greater health and well-being as a result. Consistency in your practice will help you be more steadfast off the mat every day.

Yoga is for everyone - all ages and abilities. This is a supportive community. We leave judgment and negativity at the door, and respect each others practice.

GLOSSARY OF YOGIC TERMS

  • Anusara: Alignment-based yoga system with a non-dualistic tantric philosophy that emphasizes community.
  • Asana: The third, or physical, limb of yoga; the practice of yoga poses.
  • Ashtanga Yoga: The eight-fold system of the yoga of Patanjali.
  • Chakra: a psychoenergetic subtle energy center in the body, aligned with the spinal axis. There are seven main chakras total.
  • Chatarunga: Four limbs or parts. The physical pose resembles a low push-up.
  • Cobra: Also referred in sanskrit as bhujangasana; a backbend where the hips, legs, and feet stay on the ground.
  • Hatha Yoga: Physical purification practices first described in written form in the 14th century. All Yoga is based on Hatha. Also translated as Sun and Moon.
  • Mantra: Sacred sound, thought, or prayer.
  • Meditation: The 7th limb of the Ashtanga yoga system. Uninterrupted flow of concentration.
  • Mudra: A seal. A hand and finger position.
  • Namaste: Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. I bow to you. The gesture represents that we recognize there is a divine light in each of us.
  • Om: Represents past, present, and future. Also interpreted to mean birth, present life, death, and the silence before reincarnation. It represents the full cycle of life.
  • Prana: Life force; the breath.
  • Pranayama: Rythmic yogic breathing; breath extension; the 4th limb of Ashtanga.
  • Tadasana: Mountain or standing pose. The postural alignment in this pose forms the basis of all poses.
  • Sanskrit: An ancient Indic language that is the language of Hinduism and the Vedas: ancient yogic literature.
  • Savasana: Corpse pose. Ritualistic final resting pose that is at the end of the regular yoga practice.
  • Spiral: An alignment used in yoga that refers to direction of energy in the body.
  • Upward-Facing Dog: A backbend, similar to Cobra pose, with the hips, legs, and knees off the ground, and arms vertical.
  • Utkasana: Chair pose.
  • Uttanasana: Forward fold.
  • Ardha Uttasana: Forward fold and coming halfway up while keeping legs steady.
  • Vinyasa: Flowing postural sequence aligned with the breath.
  • Improves flexibility, tones and strengthens muscles, and supports the spine
  • Improves circulation
  • Creates balance in all areas of life, including work, relationships, and health
  • Promotes better restful sleep
  • Reduces stress overall
  • Shows how to live more in the present moment.
  • Shows how to respond vs. react to all situations
  • Creates a strong connection to spirit
  • Shows how to release and let go of what we can't control
  • Promotes better awareness to everything around us
  • Deeper connection to the breath
  • Allows us to be more at peace with ourselves, our family, and the community
  • Boosts metabolism for weight loss
  • Increases balance, focus, and discipline
  • Improves endocrine, digestive, circulative, and nervous systems
  • Raises energy level

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA

Yoga Etiquette

Our classes are carefully designed to build upon your practice, beginning with the Yoga 101 series and progressing all the way to level 2.

 

Pulsation Yoga 101: A great way to start yoga for beginners who want to learn from the ground up, or a great way to go deeper for those who want to delve into details of their practice. Click here

Pulsation Yoga Basic Class: In Basic classes, you'll learn to perform fundamental poses with steadiness and confidence.  Click here

 

ONE-ON-ONE YOGA

Consider enjoying a private session. Taking the Pulsation Yoga 101 is a great choice for most students, but some prefer to learn one-on-one.  If your schedule is busy and you can’t commit to the 4-week session, you might consider private lessons. Private sessions in combination with the Yoga 101 series and regular classes allow for the most detailed instruction. During sessions, you can take notes, ask questions, and take pictures and videos of poses. Click here for more information.

Please email: kathy@pulsationyoga.com to schedule a private session.

Pathway to Yoga

We recommend you sign up for our Pulsation Yoga 101 4-Week Series. It will teach you from the ground up all the basics.  Click here for more information.

 

ETIQUETTE TIPS BEFORE CLASS

 

Your yoga practice doesn't stop when you step off the mat. Please honor your practice and your fellow yogis' practice by observing good yoga etiquette.

 

• One of the first limbs of yoga is saucha, the practice of cleanliness in mind, body, and environment.

• Please arrive at least a few minutes before class starts so you have adequate time to put your belongings away and arrange your space.

• Please print your name on the sign-in sheet, and hand your swipe card to the person behind the desk.

• If you have an injury, please approach the teacher before class begins and tell them about it.  Please place your mat near the teacher's mat so  they can help you practice safely.

• Please keep the yoga space sacred by putting personal belongings including purses, cell phones, and outer garments in the shelves or on hangers in the back hallway. Clutter is a distraction—if not for you, then for your fellow yogis.

• Please especially keep jewelry, eyeglasses, watches, or  keys with your belongings in the back. Leaving them on the floor or mat risks damage to your belongings or your teacher's feet.

• If you are sick and at all contagious, please practice  at home to avoid spreading germs to the rest of the class. Giving yourself one day more than you think you need will allow your immune system to heal thoroughly.

ETIQUETTE TIPS DURING CLASS

 

• Please arrive with an open mind for others and yourself. Your strength and flexibility will fluctuate daily and grow over time. Genetics, unchangeable anatomical structure, age, injury, lifestyle, and years of practice all play into how far you can bend or how long you can hold a pose.

• Please stay hydrated from containers with lids or caps only. Cups or open containers always get knocked over.

• Please dispose of chewing gum in the trash before class. It is a choking hazard for you and a distraction to others.

• Please lay your mats in an orderly fashion, in line with  each other rather than staggered. This keeps the energy in the room clear, and gives the instructor a path to walk through for observations and adjustments.

• Please avoid strong perfumes and body odors in the  yoga space. Light essential oils are welcome.

• If you have to leave early, please do so before savasana starts so others will not be disturbed. Please do not spray mats during savasana.

 

ETIQUETTE TIPS AFTER CLASS

 

• If you borrow a studio mat, please thoroughly spray it with the cleaner we provide, wipe it dry, and roll it up tightly for the next yogi to use.

• Please put props away neatly.

 

If you did your personal best for the day, you had a good practice.

 

 

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