Most Frequently Asked Questions About Yoga – Vigorous Herbs
→ What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice in India. This practice is based on breathing and body awareness and acts on the mind. Yoga is practiced at its own pace by observing the changes taking place in us. The mind clears up, calms down, and calms down, not only on the mat but especially outside, ie in your daily life. Yoga is the union of body and mind.
Working on the body first allows you to focus on the present moment, strengthen yourself, and relax physically and then mentally.
→ Do you have to be flexible to practice yoga?
You do not have to be flexible to practice yoga: it is precisely the practice that will bring you flexibility and which will allow you to access more demanding postures. Lack of flexibility is a great reason to take up yoga! The photos of certain postures are acrobatic (I find many sublime) and are the result of many years of practice and exercises. Most of the postures are accessible to everyone.
→ I have physical pain, can I practice yoga?
If you have any doubts, I strongly recommend that you seek the advice of your doctor. I ask each new student to tell me about their old and current injuries and pains before starting. There are many variations of postures, and the class can be adapted. The goal is by no means to force or hurt yourself, rather do yourself well!
→ Is there an age for fair e yoga?
Yoga is a practice that can accompany us throughout life through the joys, sorrows, changes and takes into account the being as a whole. There is no age to start. Whether it is a young child or an elderly person. Everyone can find something to their interest and more.
→ How often is it best to practice?
Regular practice helps relieve stress and brings concentration and serenity. The body quickly releases its tensions and becomes stronger and balanced. Alignment, or proper positioning, is important in order to appreciate the full benefits of Yoga. Yoga has a cleanser on the body and helps flush out toxins. It may seem difficult at first but very quickly, you feel grown up and serene. Practicing once a week is already very good. Twice seems ideal to me given our busy schedules. Nothing prevents you from doing some exercises at home.
→ Is yoga a sport?
Yoga is an excellent complement to any sports practice. If it is practiced regularly and dynamically, it can be considered a physical practice in its own right. But it is not a competitive discipline. Yoga allows you to get to know yourself better, respect yourself, and respect others. Don’t compare yourself to others, focus on your practice and progress. Do force postures and listen to your body. Come with your particularities and respect your limits.
Many high-level athletes practice yoga to improve their performance and prevent the risk of injury.
→ Is Yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion but a philosophy. It means “union” of body and mind. We use our bodies to awaken our minds! Anyone can practice yoga regardless of their religion, agnosticism, or atheism.
→ Is Yoga reserved for women?
In the West, Yoga is often equated with a female practice. Yet it was created in India by men and for men! Currently, mentalities are changing and we see that more and more men are practicing yoga.
→ What are the risks of practicing yoga?
Even if we always try to respect the body and its limits, it happens that we hurt ourselves in yoga. This is also the reason why I ask the students, not to “force”. It all comes with practice … If you press your knees to bring them closer to the ground or force your hips to open to put your foot behind your head … no miracle will happen … It could even be a disaster. …
The most common injuries are: tearing of cartilage, muscle or ligament sprains, neck and back pain, tendonitis.
We can easily avoid them by enrolling in a progressive practice that will bring us to a correct alignment, stable, comfortable, and well-distributed supports.
Listen carefully to the teacher’s directions and advice. Go at your own pace, don’t try to go beyond your capabilities. Supports are at your disposal, do not hesitate to use them (blocks, straps…). Know the difference between effort, discomfort, and pain. Do not force, breathe, indulge yourself, do not make yourself suffer! If you suffer from certain ailments, I will advise you to vary your postures so as not to injure yourself.
→ How does a Yoga session take place?
A Yoga session takes place gradually. The postures are presented and explained. Each student is corrected individually on his alignment. The number of students (6) is deliberately limited so that all the necessary attention can be paid to each one, as well as to the progression in the practice. We usually start with a few breathing exercises on the floor, then we go through standing postures, on the floor and we end with a relaxation of about ten minutes.
→ What should we wear?
Wear comfortable clothes, in which you feel comfortable and can move as much as you want! But don’t choose them too loose as they might get in the way of some postures.
→ What to bring?
Do not hesitate to bring a small towel to attend the class because you sweat while practicing! A small bottle of water will also be welcome! I also advise you to bring your rug if you have one, it is often more comfortable, but rugs are available at the studio.
→ Can we eat before and after a class?
It is advisable to practice on an empty stomach or to allow about 2 hours between the last meal and the yoga class. You can drink a small glass of water 15 minutes before practice. It is preferable not to drink during the postures or to drink as little as possible but a few sips can be saving :-). Stretching is easier to access when your stomach is empty. After the class, wait half an hour before eating and 15 minutes before drinking, in order to let the body and mind rest before restarting digestion.
→ What can you feel during or after a class?
Past emotions, memories, or experiences may come back to consciousness during or after yoga practice. This is a good thing and it is part of the process. We have to let them come to the surface, revisit them, and part with them. Keep breathing and let go. Accept your emotions. Do not hesitate to talk about it if you feel the need.
→ Can we practice when we have our period?
It is better not to practice during the first 3 days of the rules or very little. Avoid any inverted posture during this time. Twists are also not recommended. You can let me know at the start of the course and we can adapt the positions.
→ Can I practice alone at home?
Of course. However, I recommend practicing in addition to sessions with a teacher. This will allow you to avoid injuries and choose a practice that suits your needs and possibilities. There are now many videos on the net and sites that offer quality sessions with renowned teachers. (I use the awesome Yogaglo site for those who speak fluent English.) Don’t hesitate to ask me for advice.
→ Can I lose weight thanks to Yoga?
Yoga allows you to feel better in your body, to strengthen it, to soften it but also to listen to it and take care of it. It also acts on the organs, digestion, and eliminates toxins. Over time, your figure will change. You will have better balance, support, and muscle tone, greater energy and flexibility, you will breathe better, your movements will be ampler. You will also be able to concentrate more. You may need to pay more attention to your diet and make more conscious choices. Many yogis are vegetarians or vegans, but everyone is free to choose their diet. One of the “moral rules” of yoga, Ahimsa, or non-violence, asks us to respect all life.
→ Do we do the same postures and exercises for each class?
Except for the practice of Ashtanga yoga, which follows a strict series of postures, the other classes, although always following the same structure and progression, are always different. Some sessions will be more focused on the abdominals, others on the opening of the hips or backbends. The lessons are adapted according to the sessions and the groups, sometimes also according to the desires and the state of form (or fatigue ) general. Workshops are also organized for other forms of practice (108 sun salutations, meditation, etc.)
→ Are there courses of different levels?
Not really. Some practices are softer (Slow flow, restorative yoga), others more dynamic (Vinyasa or Ashtanga). I always recommend starting with a slow flow to familiarize yourself with yoga and start with a gentle practice. Then it will depend on your needs, your desires, your possibilities, facilities or difficulties. There is no hard and fast rule. The easiest way is to discuss it and give it a try! However, I would like to point out that the Vinyasa classes on Tuesday at 6:45 pm and Saturday at 11:30 are are particularly “physical” and sometimes adapted to more experienced practitioners who have acquired certain flexibility.
→ How long does it take to see the effect of the practice?
Everything will depend on the teacher, on the regularity in practice, on what you are looking for. If you are a former dancer or gymnast or have a herniated disc or more serious illness, stress, or anxiety, your expectations and needs will be different. Yoga is also there for you to become aware of your physical and emotional blockages, but also of your potential and your strength. You will move, unblock certain parts of the body, eventually relax because you will also become aware of your breathing and use it better. In general, you will feel better. Everyone is definitely progressing at their own pace.