What Is Yoga?

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “to yoke” or “to unite.” As a practice, it is a scientific system for achieving total health, mental, and spiritual well-being — a means to unite the body, mind, and spirit. In the United States, the term yoga is often used to mean the postures, or the physical part of yoga; however, these poses, or asana, are only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga.


WHAT IF I’VE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE?

You don’t need to be flexible or strong to start practicing yoga. The more you practice, the more improvement you will notice with each session. We offer a variety of beginners and level 1 classes throughout the week: check our schedules for more information!


WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE MY FIRST CLASS?

Our classes range from 50 to 90 minutes long, so always check the schedule to see how long your class is scheduled to be. Our teachers are available for you to ask questions before and after class.


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Comfortable yoga attire. Something you can easily move your body in, like flowing pants and a supportive top—whatever will allow you to be comfortable during your practice.


WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

A water bottle, towel and mat. If you forget, we have these items available for rent as well!


SHOULD I EAT BEFORE HAND?

Try not to eat less than an hour before class. In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable.

If you are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class. Plan to practice on an empty stomach. If you need a snack, eat a piece of fruit or something light before class. One of the benefits of yoga is its detoxification of the body. Drinking lots of water will help flush the toxins out of your system, so do hydrate well both before and after class. As you don’t want to extinguish all the internal heat you are trying to build during class, if you need to drink while practicing, take small sips. Drink up when you’re done!


I'M NOT FLEXIBLE—CAN I DO YOGA?

Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.

This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being. Start A Class


HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE?

Ideally, yoga is meant to be a daily practice. As that is quite overwhelming to a beginner, we recommend you set a goal you can realistically keep. Consistency is the key—it’s far better to attend one class per week without fail than to attend four classes one week, none for the next two weeks, one the next week, etc. The more you practice, the better you will feel, and the more you will want to practice!


HOW DO I KNOW WHICH STYLE OF YOGA TO CHOOSE?

Depending on your physical condition, your health, and your motivation for practicing, we can help guide you to the right class for you. Vinyasa is an active, heat-producing styles of yoga where the breath links one movement to the next. Yin and Restorative classes are much quieter, slower-paced classes designed for you to go deeper—into your body and into a quieter, meditative state. Classes like Flow & Stretch are a combination of both. Please talk to us if you are unsure where to start. Find Your Class


I CAN’T SIT STILL FOR TWO MINUTES AND CAN’T TOUCH MY TOES.

Is there a yoga class for me? One of the great things about yoga is it brings us all to the same common denominator—we all have the same struggles and worries, and though everyone comes in a different body, each of us has a path to travel to make it a more comfortable place to live. People come to blue lotus with differing levels of experience, but there is room for everyone. We are ALL learning. Talk to us, and we can point you in the right direction.


IS YOGA A RELIGION?

Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion, though it does have a spiritual component. You do not need to be religious to practice. It has been practiced by individuals of widely differing beliefs and any and all people are welcome at blue lotus. In order to practice, you only need to believe in the possibility that we can transform ourselves, that there is always more to learn, and that there is a better way to approach life than the old habits that tie us down. At the heart is the openness to see we have not yet tapped into our highest potential as human beings. Yoga seeks to put us in touch with our spiritual core—our innermost nature—that which or who we truly are.


I’D LIKE TO BRING YOGA TO MY WORKPLACE. DO YOU OFFER THAT SERVICE?

We do! Our instructors have experience in offices, hospitals, and schools, as well as offering special team-building classes at the studio for corporate groups. We want to promote yoga as a practice for living a happier, healthier life; a practice that is accessible to everyone. We are committed to offering yoga anywhere and everywhere we can! To arrange a corporate yoga class or series, please contact us or see Yoga At Work!


I HAVE A MEDICAL PROBLEM. CAN I STILL DO YOGA?

Many people practice yoga as a way to manage their health conditions. There are many different types of classes which suit different health needs and can also be adapted and modified for injuries. However, if you have medical condition or an injury, you should consult a medical practitioner before starting any exercise including yoga. We can not offer medical advice. If you have a medical problem or injury and have not practiced yoga before we recommend that you speak to an experienced yoga teacher (or a physical therapist with knowledge of yoga) to check your alignment in poses and to get advice about any poses or movements you need to avoid.

Take a look at some of our Yoga Therapy classes on specific ailments and body parts.


CAN'T FIND YOUR QUESTION?

We invite you to contact us by e-mail or by phone at +47 938 69 125. We are very happy to answer whatever question you have. Because we want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you come to practice with us!