Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher
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Why is Yoga good for everyone?
What is hatha yoga?
YOGA is the practice of mindful, deliberate concentration.
HATHA yoga is the practice of asana, posture which prepares you to quiet the mind of it's chatter (sutra 1.2, pg 45 in Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
I always thought one had to be able to twist themselves into a pretzel in order to do yoga. Is this true?
No. Even people in wheelchairs can practice yoga. They can still move their eyes.
Why is good posture so important?
Good posture aligns the bones, allowing the muscles to extend, which improves breathing, circulation, digestion, elimination and mental faculties.
How does yoga impact other forms of exercise?
Yoga improves your performance of all forms of exercise, (golf, tennis, swimming, basketball...) by toning and stretching your muscles and developing your powers of concentration.
Some people think that yoga will influence their religious beliefs. Can you comment on this?
This is a mistaken idea. Yoga is not a religion. It enhances whatever your belief system is by helping you to concentrate more fully.
What are some of the benefits of doing yoga?
Besides what is already mentioned, yoga builds strong, healthy bones and muscles, reduces stress, helps build self-esteem, brings harmony and balance into your life, reduces pain, improves posture and flexibility, quiets the mind, and is suitable for people of all ages.
How long does it take to learn yoga?
Yoga is a process, therefore, as long as you practice, you will learn.
What about the breathing?
Breathing is vital to life. There is a difference between breathing and just taking in a breath. Yoga teaches us to breathe fully, quietly and evenly, bringing healing oxygen to every cell of the body.
How do I find a qualified yoga teacher?
Look online. In the yellow pages. Ask at your local health food stores. Go to several classes with each teacher, ask them what their training and experience has been, experience their teaching and choose the one you resonate with and have the most confidence in.
Are there different forms of hatha yoga?
Yes. Just as there are many approaches to teaching any subject, there are many approaches to teaching yoga.
How does Iyengar hatha yoga differ from other forms of hatha yoga?
By its detailed attention to posture and alignment and by the use of props. When needed, props encourage us to move the body easily into proper alignment without effort.