COMMON QUESTIONS

What is Yoga?

The word yoga means union. At Addicted to Yoga, we unite breath with movement in a series of physical poses called asanas. Asanas are designed to improve the overall health of your body by focusing your thoughts and mind so you can listen to the messages your body is sending. Our classes range from those who have never practiced before to those who desire to improve their current practice under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Is Yoga just stretching? It seems slow and boring!

Yoga is much more than just stretching (see 'What is yoga?'). While there are some classes (gentle yoga, meditation, etc.) that are a little slower, you'll find the Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga and Yogalates classes especially challenging, fast paced and anything but boring.

Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga is not a religion nor is it religious. It's a series of physical movements that along with specific breathing is designed to improve your health. While some people may have attached religious beliefs to the practice, we at Addicted To Yoga, do not.

Do I have to be vegetarian to practice Yoga?

No you do not have to be Vegetarian. Being vegetarian is a personal lifestyle that some people have chosen to practice on their own.

I can't practice Yoga I am not flexible!! What do I do?

Do not worry! Not everyone is flexible. This is something that both with more practice and the help of the instructor you can work on with your body.

Will I sweat in Yoga?

You should be prepared to sweat when you come to a Yoga class. It simply depends on the level of exertion you implement in class, the level of the class and whether or not the class is heated.

How many calories could I lose taking a Yoga class?

The amount of calories you lose really depend on how hard you are pushing yourself and the level of the class you are taking. If you have one of our schedules, the classes that are written in bold print are all classes where you will burn a minimum of 350 calories each class.

I am 40yrs old and have 2 back injuries, one that happened when i was in my teens and the other in a car accident 4 years ago. My husband and i are considering having a child and carrying a baby for 9 months concerns me because my age and of my back pains. Can yoga really help me with my injuries and thru my pregnancy?

Yes! Yoga will definitely be able to help you, and may probably be the safest way for you to decrease back pain over time. Yoga and Pilates will both be good resources to your practice in that they will both build muscle. As you ease into practicing Yoga, we would recommend taking Beginning Yoga classes because that way you can see what poses are more difficult and where pain is experienced so that we can help you modify the pose in a way that works best for you body. Many women who are pregnant attend Beginning Yoga classes at our studio. Yoga will actually provide for you many benefits with your back pain, but also as you reach the time of your pregnancy.

I have ostheoarthritis, fibromyalia,and a condition called relapsing polychondritis. I am trying to stay active but can't do anything that puts stress on my joints. I need to strenghten my muscles without the stress on my joints. Would you recommend your either yoga or Pilates to someone like me?

We would recommend that you do Pilates, because the classes are formed to specifically build strength. The poses are also all rehabilitative and will therefore not increase any pain that your body is currently experiencing.

Are there yoga classes that are safe enough for pregnant women?

Yes, there are indeed! We have a good number of women who are still practicing yoga as they go through their pregnancy. All of our Beginning Yoga classes as well as any level 0 class will be a great class for you. There will be some modifications that you will have to use, but all of our Beginning Yoga instructors have been trained with the proper knowledge to make sure you continue your practice safely during your pregnancy.

Are the reformer classes done with the pilates reformer machines?

Yes they are. We have the Pilates Reformers machines in a separate room which provides more one on one instruction with the Pilates instructor. There are only 5 machines, so make sure to reserve your place in the class a head of time to make sure you are able to join us!

How many session of Yoga do I need to take during the week to really see and feel physical results?

I would recommend for you to come about 3 times a week. You will still feel the benefits of yoga and see results if you are going even once or twice a week, but the ultimate benefits will be reached if you are attending classes at least 3 times a week.

Where should I start - over 60 and out of shape

Great question! You should start by attending a Beginning Yoga class or any class that falls under the category of Level 0 or 1 to get started. As your body adjusts to practicing and your Yoga practice develops you can start taking more advanced classes.

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