The Yoga Garden
The Garden Awaits…
Benefits of Yoga Practice
Yoga is possible for anyone — a perfect opportunity to be curious about yourself.
At its heart, yoga is about practicing with the present moment — the breath, your body, and anything that arises. This brings reduced stress and anxiety, and better quality of life. It’s an incredible way to start your day!
Nourish your body
Yoga is a beautiful way to move your body, accessible for any fitness level. It brings greater flexibility, strength, posture, bone health and circulation, with regular practice.
A Beautiful Practice
Everything you need to know to start practice
- Please bring your own yoga mat, a small towel, and some water, yoga blocks are available to use.
- Come to class free of expectations. Let go and experience what really is.
- Set an intention. Yoga isn’t about an outcome, it’s about how you show up during practice.
- Free yourself of distractions. Shut off your phone, let go of worrying about how you look, and just be with the practice.
- Breathe. The breath is the foundation of the practice. Continue to come back to it, filling yourself with glorious breath.
- Choose your journey. Don’t worry about how other people are doing their practice, nor how you look — but choose the form of the pose that is right for you, in this moment.
- Child’s pose is always available. You can always come back to this resting pose, listening to your body when it needs to rest or you need to level out the breath. Let go of the ego.
- Savasana is the dessert. The most important pose of them all, corpse pose at the end of the practice isn’t to be skipped. It’s said to be the most challenging pose, and the most delicious. Enjoy.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
The Bhagavad Gita
Frequently asked questions
Is yoga a religion?
No, yoga is not a religion. It’s a philosophy that started in India 5,000 years ago, and sometimes weaves in religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, but you don’t need to practice those religions to practice yoga. You don’t need to surrender your beliefs to practice yoga.
Is yoga just for women? Just for young people?
No, yoga is practiced by people of all ages, sexes, shapes and sizes. It’s for everyone. Many men practice yoga and find incredible benefits in strength, mobility, and of course, mindfulness. Our yoga classes often have people in their 70s and 80s, and modifications of poses are available to whatever you need. If you have special concerns, show up a bit early and talk to Kat before the class.
Do I need to be flexible?
Not at all! Many people who aren’t flexible come to yoga — it’s a great way to increase your flexibility, which will help with your mobility in all kinds of activities. If you can’t do the full expression of a yoga pose, you can always do a modified version that works for you.
How many times a week should I practice?
Yoga is wonderful — no matter how often you practice it. Even if you only practice once a week, you’ll experience the benefits of the practice. Taking classes 2-3 times a week is a great place to start — and as you catch the yoga bug, you might even start a daily practice!