Is yoga a religion?
No yoga is a philosophy of life. It is based on the science of working with your body and mind to create a postive approach to life. It’s origins were in India and has been adopted by many Hindus but it is not necessarily part of their religion.
Is yoga safe for me to do if I have a bad back?
Hatha Yoga is a systematic style of yoga that allows people with many different health issues to enhance their quality of life. It offers a range of practices and modifications for practices to suit most people. In fact many people find that participating in yoga classes has improved their back health. Beechworth Yoga offers a specific class for Back Health where the focus is on floor work and strengthening your back and supporting abdominal muscles. If you are still unsure you can check with your health provider.
Will yoga help me to relax?
Yes the combination of physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation all combine to release physical, mental and emotional tensions. The practice of Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxing practice that promotes wellbeing and healing on many levels.
Do you offer concessions?
Yes for pensioners and students the rates are reduced by 20% per term booking. There is also an early bird concession with a reduction of 10% in term fees for non concession holders who book and pay one week before class commences.
Is yoga suitable for older people?
Yes there are many practices that help to alleviate stiffness and soreness in joints in particular and all students can benefit from the relaxation and meditation practices. Again practices can be modified and you can even do yoga in a chair! I have been teaching yoga at an aged care facility for over 2 years and all students practice whilst sitting in a chair.
What if I am pregnant can I still do yoga?
Yes there are specific practices for pre and post natal care in Hatha yoga. All practices are taught with principles of care in mind and an emphasis on developing self awareness and acknowledging the different stages of your life.