Why should I do yoga?
“The aim and culmination of Yoga is the sight of the soul, but it has a lot of side effects which are health, happiness, peace and poise.” — B. K. S. Iyengar
The benefits of yoga are many, touching on all aspects of life and being. The following is a list of just a few:
- Balance of strength and flexibility
- Holistic health
- Toning and strengthening of all bodilysystems
- Increased energy and stamina
- Development of concentration andmental clarity
- Relaxation and stress relief
But I am not flexible, how could I possibly do yoga?
Inflexibility is just one good reason to start a yoga practice. Yoga builds both flexibility and strength in those areas that are not typically accessed in conventional exercise.
Is Yoga a religion?
No, but it is a philosophy. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were written somewhere between 200-500 BC. They cover a philosophy of how to quiet the fluctuations of the mind by an 8-limbed life practice. The physical practice that is most popular today is one of those eight limbs.
What if I have a certain ailment or injury? Can I still participate in class?
Iyengar Yoga is specifically designed to teach students on a more individualized basis, addressing their issues as needed. Props are used to make poses accessible to most students no matter their age, injury, or issue. If you feel that you are unable to participate, just call the studio at 815-968-9642 to speak to discuss your participation.
Do you offer prenatal yoga?
Specific classes for prenatal students are not offered at this time, but pregnant women are welcome in any Intro class. Iyengar Yoga teachers are taught in depth to deal with pregnant students, giving them the same individualized attention as any other student.
Due to the nature of pregnancy, it is difficult to have a full class at any one time. But always watch the schedule as women-specific classes are sometimes offered.
Am I too old/too young for yoga?
People of all ages do yoga. At Pranayama Yoga Studio, we have a wide range of student ages, including teens. Any age is a great age to begin yoga with the right teacher.
Do men do yoga?
YES! As a matter of fact, Iyengar Yoga has a high population of men in classes due to the approach to poses in a more detailed and analytic manner. In addition, Iyengar Yoga approaches the “softer”, more “spiritual”, side of yoga in a more practical way that men seem to relate to.
Do you offer “Hot Yoga”?
Pranayama Yoga studio does not specifically offer “Hot Yoga”, but in reality much of the practice of yoga builds internal heat so does not need any added. Outer heat in yoga might add to the illusion of flexibility and increase sweating, but the aim of yoga is to increase awareness of the self in any and all situations. Iyengar Yoga offers a well-rounded and balanced practice of all aspects and categories of poses.