Welcome to Dimitra Yoga! We’re glad you chose us to accompany you on your yoga journey.
If it’s your first time to a yoga studio, there are a few things you will need to know:
- Before entering the studio, please remove your shoes.
- Please sign in legibly and take care of any payments before class.
- It’s best to practice on an empty stomach, so avoid a heavy meal before your class.
- Hydration is important, especially if you are taking a hot class. You can purchase bottled water at the studio or bring your own.
- Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move with ease.
- You will need a mat; bring your own, or rent or buy one at the studio.
- You may sweat, especially in a hot class. Bring one or rent one at the studio.
- Deodorant is good; perfume is bad. Be mindful of your fellow yogis/yoginis.
- Let your teacher know if you have any injuries.
- Enter the classroom in silence, especially if you are arriving late.
- If you are not feeling well in class, lie down or move into Child’s pose.
Frequently Asked Questions about Yoga
What is Yoga?
The word yoga , from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. Most people who practice yoga engage in physical postures, called asanas, designed to purify the body, and provide physical strength and stamina. Yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment as it occurs.
What does Om mean?
Om is a mantra or vibration that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is said to be the sound of the universe in motion – the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Om, we ride in this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.
Do I have to be a Vegetarian to practice Yoga?
An important principle in Yoga is not to harm yourself or others, and some people interpret this to include not eating animal products. This is a personal decision; so no, you do not have to be a vegetarian to practice yoga.
How many times per week should I practice?
You will experience benefits from yoga no matter how many times a week you practice. Start with 2 or 3 times a week, for an hour. If your schedule restricts you to shorter sessions, that’s ok. Do what you can and don’t worry about it. You may find that over time your desire to practice expands naturally.
How is Yoga different from stretching and other kinds of fitness?
Yoga is about much more than physical movement. In yoga, we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting mind, body and breath allows us to direct our attention inward, so we can observe our habitual thought patterns without judgment. Few become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. This makes yoga a practice rather than a task or goal to be completed.
Is Yoga a religion?
No, yoga is not a religion, but a philosophy that begin in India approximately 5000 years ago. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those philosophies in order to practice yoga.
I’m not flexible – can I do yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. You will also gain strength, coordination and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
What do I need to begin?
All you really need is your body, your mind and your curiosity. Comfortable clothing such as shorts and a t-shirt that is not too baggy, and perhaps a towel. As your practice continues, you may want to buy a yoga mat, but you can always rent one at the studio.
Why am I supposed to avoid eating 2-3 hours before class?
In yoga, we twist from side to side, turn upside down and bend backward and forward. This could cause discomfort is you have eaten recently. A light snack 30-60 minutes before class would be ok if you are afraid of feeling weak or hungry during your practice.
Do I need to lose weight before starting yoga?
No! We do yoga because of the tremendous physical and mental benefits it brings us in exactly those areas where we struggle. Yoga helps us find balance in all areas of our lives. We’re supposed to show up ready to take a journey of transformation, whatever that may be. Everyone comes to the mat with a different imbalance, but everyone is working on something, and it is the act of getting on the mat that points us in the right direction.