Frequently Asked Questions

Yoga Frequently Asked Questions

Scroll through this document for answers to the following questions:

  1. What is Yoga?

  2. Fertility, Pregnancy  and Yoga

  3. What Will Yoga Do for ME?

  4. Beginning the Practice

  5. Is it Safe to Practice Yoga?

  6. My First Class

    1. Guidelines

    2. What to wear and bring

    3. Yoga Etiquette

  7. Yoga Class Policy (Membership and class policies)

WHAT IS YOGA?

Yoga is, by definition, a practice designed to develop a healthy body, a sharper mind, and a sturdy emotional or nervous system. Yoga is not a religion and it is not a cult. The philosophy of Yoga Lola is to embrace people as they are without judgment related to their beliefs or lifestyles, and to provide top-notch, expert professional yoga instruction. Because we know that life is at once a very deep and personal experience, we use yoga as a technology that enhances the integration of all of the parts of the self. 

FERTILITY, PREGNANCY AND YOGA

Call us for a full discussion of how we can help you benefit through the practice of yoga both during the time you are trying to conceive and through your entire pregnancy.

WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?

For starters, you'll begin growing and glowing with a radiance you forgot you had.  Yoga is a technology that literally allows you to change who you are (from the inside out) in this world.  With consistent practice you can:

  • Gain flexibility
  • Gain a new sense of calm
  • Lose weight
  • Lose stress
  • Regain your sense of joy
  • Regain or maintain your good health

IS YOGA SAFE TO PRACTICE?

Everyone I know who does yoga regularly is thriving as a result of the practice.  Yes, Yoga is safe, effective, and amazing.  There is a lot of information out on the web about Yoga.  Unfortunately, some of that information is misleading and uses scare tactics to sensationalize the purported "dangers" of Yoga.  Therefore, I get a lot of questions from people asking me if Yoga is safe.  The answer is unequivocally yesWhen you approach the technology under the guidance of a properly trained teacher, it is one of the safest and effective technologies known to humankind.  After all, it's been around for about 5,000 years. 

BEGINNING THE PRACTICE

When you first begin yoga, find a certified teacher to work with as you embrace the technology.  Like everything else worth learning, a teacher is invaluable in the instruction of how to correctly perform mudras, postures, mantra, and pranayama (breathing).  Just as you go to a dentist to have dental work done, so should you go to a teacher to learn yoga.  You wouldn't build a house without laying a good foundation, would you?  The same holds true for your yoga practice.  A good practice properly learned is worth every penny that you invest in it and it's learning that lasts a lifetime.

YOUR FIRST CLASS

Read the information below to learn how to dress and what to bring to your yoga classes, along with studio guidelines and policies.

When you join the studio as a new member, you will receive a packet of materials that will explain all kinds of things about yoga to you.  It will facilitate your integration into the studio.

                        Class Structure - Learning two phrases from Gurmuhki

Most yoga traditions have sayings that they use that have been borrowed from other languages.  Namaste is an example of one such word that has been widely popularized and commonly used by many of the different branches of yoga schools. 

Kundalini Yoga also has a couple of sayings that form a natural part of the tradition.  These sayings come from another Indian language, called Gurmuhki.  The translations of the words used to open and close the class are explained below:

  • The words used to open each class are Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo, which simply means "I call on the teacher within myself to bring me from darkness to light."  That's it.  It is a traditional opening for a Kundalini yoga class. 
  • The words used to close each class are "Sat Nam", which mean "truth is my identity". 
  • Just as other traditions say "Namaste", Kundalini Yoga says "Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo" and "Sat Nam".

 You never have to say the words if it makes you uncomfortable.  You can just sit quietly as the teacher and other students open /close the class if that is what feels right to you.

Guidelines

Yoga is a sacred space.  We all bring something to give, just by being there in the group, and thus, we create the experience for one another.  Following a few simple guidelines helps us enhance our own personal experience, as well as the experience of everyone in the group. 

WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING

YOGA ETIQUETTE

YOGA CLASSES: POLICES