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1. WHAT IS YOGA?

Yoga is learning various postures (exercises) that involve deep breathing, body movement and position. Included in yoga programs are meditations and relaxation.

2. WHERE DID YOGA ORIGINATE?

Yoga originated in India.

3. HOW LONG HAS YOGA BEEN AROUND?

Yoga was developed more than 5,000 years ago.

4. IS YOGA A RELIGION?

Although yoga began in ancient India, the practice of yoga is not a religion and can be done by anyone of any faith, or no faith at all.

5. WHAT TYPE OF YOGA ARE YOU TEACHING?

Hatha Yoga.

6. HOW OLD SHOULD ONE BE TO START YOGA?

You can start yoga at any age.

7. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRACTICING YOGA?

The benefits of yoga are that you can experience an increase in the flexibility of your body and reduction of stress.

8. WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE BREATHING EXERCISES SERVE?

The breathing exercises are for relaxation and for integrating your mind and body.

9. WHAT IS MEDITATION GOOD FOR?

Meditation is good for reducing physical activities, making your mind clear and instilling positive thinking.

10. WHAT ARE COMMON DO'S AND DON'TS IN HATHA YOGA?

DO'S
Do allow adequate time after eating before beginning your practice.
Do find a quiet area to practice. Turn off your cell phones and pagers.
Do eliminate distractions while you are practicing.
Do take time away from worldly activities to focus inwardly.
Do remember that everything changes.
Do breathe deeply. Let the breath deepen the pose for you.
Do open a window for fresh air during breathing practices, or do your practice outside in nice weather.
Do be sensitive to your "edge" in each pose - that place where you can sustain holding the posture with deep breath and steadiness.
Do move into sensations with patience, compassion, and awareness. (Your edge may change during the practice and in between practice sessions.)
Do strike a balance between comfort and discomfort in the poses.
Do listen to your breath for feedback.
Do notice all thoughts and feelings during your practice.
Do keep gently bringing your mind back to your practice if you find your mind wandering or distracted.

DON'TS
Donít watch TV or read while doing yoga.
Don't eat while practicing.
Don't force yourself into a pose.
Don't worry too much about doing the exercises perfectly in the beginning.
Don't be over-critical of yourself.
Don't rush through the practice.
Donít practice on slippery or uneven surfaces.
Don't hold your breath during the poses.
Don't compare yourself to others.

 
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