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Frequently Asked Questions

There are entire websites devoted solely to answering questions about Yoga. Here are the most common questions and/or objections I hear expressed. See our Resources page as well for more information.

What is Yoga? Click here to reveal the answer

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.

The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today.

Today most people in Western Society practicing yoga are engaged in a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and mind.

I have mobility/health/surgery/injury concerns. How can I possibly go on a Retreat or attempt an Adventure? Click here to reveal the answer

Not to worry! We are thinking of you specifically! All of our Retreats are designed around the needs of our participants. There are no mountains to climb (unless you want to), strenuous hikes, swims, paddles or difficult entries or exits. Our Retreats and Adventures are perfect for partners where one or both simply can’t manage those activities any longer. You haven’t missed the boat, so to speak! Not only can we assist you in fulfilling your dreams, we can take you to areas that are “off limits” to most tours. Our affiliations with organizations such as Panterra Eco-Expeditions, who have for over 3 decades given back to the local communities, allow us access to very unique experiences indeed!

I’m Not Flexible — Can I Do Yoga? Click here to reveal the answer

Yes! You are a perfect candidate for Yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin Yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that Yoga practice will help you become more flexible.

This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

How Is Yoga Different From Stretching or Other Kinds of Fitness? Click here to reveal the answer

Unlike stretching or fitness, Yoga is more than just physical postures. Even within the physical practice, Yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes Yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing Yoga, and so will your mind.

What Do I Need to Begin? Click here to reveal the answer

All you really need to begin practicing Yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of yoga pants, or shorts, and a t-shirt that’s not too baggy. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. It’s nice to bring a towel and water to class with you. As your practice develops you might want to buy your own yoga mat, but we have mats and other props available for you.

I am Quite Overweight/Anxious/Depressed/Injured - Can I Still Practice Yoga? Click here to reveal the answer

Yes, most definitely! There is something for everyone. You will see that in just a few days, the postures can deepen and become more manageable, and just about every element of a yoga practice can help to reduce weight. Yoga brings flexibility, increases circulation, nourishes the heart with oxygen-rich blood, and tones and lengthens the bodies’ muscles. Poses improve digestion, relieve depression, constipation, thyroid issues and asthma, and they can also reduce blood pressure and bring down cholesterol. Relaxation and concentration can bring relief for those suffering from anxiety, stress, ADD and ADHD…the list goes on and on. It is so easy to fall out of balance. Yoga aims to bring it back into your life; be it physically with your weight, mentally with anxiety or emotionally with feelings of depression. Please let me know before you come for your Yoga Class if you have any of these feelings or medical conditions so I can discuss your individual needs with you.

What is Therapeutic Yoga and How is My Yoga Barn Different From Other Studios? Click here to reveal the answer

Therapeutic Yoga utilizes traditional yoga postures as a means of obtaining greater mobility while at the same time reducing pain in areas of the body that may be injured, tight and dysfunctional. Essentially I see areas in the body that are either not moving, or are too loose and apply poses to encourage the movement or build stability depending on the needs of my clients. Very often as we create new and better patterns of movement the pain disappears or is extremely lessened.

Because of my Therapeutic training Yoga Classes are small and structured with care and attention to each person.

The IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) defines Therapeutic Yoga as follows: "Yoga therapy is of modern coinage and represents a first effort to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge. Whereas traditional Yoga is primarily concerned with personal transcendence on the part of a "normal" or healthy individual, Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress. Both approaches, however, share an understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance."
Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D

Is Yoga a Religion? Click here to reveal the answer

Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical yoga is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra some 2000 years ago. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.

It is definitely not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga. Nor will you ever be “told” what to believe in any of our classes.

Why Don’t You Use Sanskrit Very Often? Click here to reveal the answer

This is a fun question! Sanskrit is a dead language and I’ll be jiggered if I can pronounce anything correctly. It is also easier to convey my intentions and explain the postures if I keep my instructions in plain, simple English.



PLEASE NOTE: I am not a doctor, nor do I claim to diagnose or treat any condition. I always recommend that if you have special health concerns to consult your Doctor before attending a Yoga class and schedule a private session where your specific physical conditions can be discussed.