What is Yoga?


Beginner Yoga is at the Moosic Location at 7:30 Every Tueday.

  • What is Yoga, Really? Yoga is more than a good stretch. Contrary to that people think you do not need to be flexible or female, actually being flexible make practice much harder and well gender is completely irrelevant. Anyone can benefit from yoga. There is not a clear cut definition for Yoga, but generally the whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body. The practice of yoga involves healthy diet and lifestyle choices, constructive work, nurturing relationships, and much more. In reality, what is yoga but ultimately an outlook and approach to living that extends into all areas of life. There are over a hundred different schools of Yoga some of the most widely known are Bikram, Hatha, yin, vinyasa which are suitable for most adults of any age or physical condition.
  • What are the Benefits of Yoga? Yoga gained acceptance and respect as more became aware of the beneficial effects like helping in the management of stress and improving health and well-being. Many physicians now recommend Yoga practice to patients at risk for heart disease, as well as those with back pain, arthritis, depression, and other chronic conditions. Other benefits include helping blood pressure, circulation, pulse rate, organs and immune system. You can find a ton of benefits of yoga just by a quick good search, but the best way to benefit from Yoga is to experience it yourself!
  • Can I practice yoga even if I am relatively sedentary and inflexible? In fact, individuals with limited range of motion or poor flexibility, due to arthritis or otherwise, may benefit the most from yoga practice, as it can increase flexibility, strength, and balance. There are some “chair yoga” classes that are taught entirely in a seated position! It may feel a bit disheartening at first when challenges arise, but overcoming such judgments and accepting where you are is an important part of yoga. A core concept of yoga is to always honor what will allow you to benefit most from the practice. Yoga is not competitive, and the focus should not be on how the pose looks (aside from ensuring safe anatomical alignment). It is about experiencing a connection of the body and mind through the breath. While there are some yoga poses that do require a great deal of flexibility, strength, and balance, those poses should only be attempted by very experienced yogis and are NOT for beginners or persons with activity limitations. Again, a good yoga teacher will provide alternatives and modifications to all activities so that students can work within their levels of comfort.
  • Are there any poses to avoid? The general rule for arthritis patient (and people in general) is that if it hurts, stop. The old adage of “no pain, no gain” does not apply to yoga, particularly if you have activity limitations. Generally, you will notice pain if you are going too far with the pose, but sometimes the effects are not felt until the next day. It is important to be gentle with your practice, especially at first. If you do not experience any pain after a few days, you can decide to gradually increase the intensity of the practice. It is important to be cautious and pay attention to your body. Also, be sure to consult your doctor and instructor if you experience any pain or difficulty resulting from yoga practice.

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The discipline of yoga is an approach to life with a focus on being fully present for each moment, rather than living in the future or in the past as so many of us tend to do. Over the centuries, yoga techniques combining philosophy, study of the body and mind, and a practice of physical postures, breath work, and meditation were developed as pathways to the fully present, whole Self.

Yoga is much more than just a physical exercise. It can be your path to a more relaxed, centered, fulfilling lifestyle. However, at the same time it IS a great way to develop a strong, healthy body. Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not just for the young, fit and flexible. At Nearme Yoga, we believe that everyone can do yoga!  We use props (straps, blocks, chairs, etc.) to make yoga postures accessible to anyone, regardless of flexibility, fitness level, injuries, age, or illness.

In addition, we work to balance the physical benefits of yoga with the relaxation benefits.  In our modern society, we tend not to get enough exercise and never seem to have time to unwind and relax.  We try to make sure we incorporate both into every yoga class.  Our focus on making yoga accessible and comfortable, as well as incorporating relaxation techniques, ensure we meet our goal – which is to make sure that you walk out our door feeling better than when you walked in.