Q: What is Yoga?
A: Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than 6,000 years ago. Its purpose is to assist each one of us to achieve our highest potential and to experience enduring health as well as a blissful happiness through our connection with the mind, body and spirit. With yoga we can extend our health and productive years far beyond the norm, and at the same time, improve the quality of our lives by reducing the levels of stress and fatigue we carry in our bodies.
Q: Can I do yoga if I am inflexible?
A: Absolutely. Through steady, intelligent practice, stiffer students will gain flexibility, just as weaker students will gain more strength. All of our classes are taught as a balanced action regarding strength and flexibility. They must be developed simultaneously for safety.
Q: What do I wear?
A: Wear comfortable pull-on pants, leggings or shorts made of breathable fabric. Women should wear a former fitting top. A big t-shirt will only get in the way of your practice. No shoes are required. Bare feet, please.
Q: Do I need a mat?
A: Yes. You will need a yoga sticky mat. If you do not own one, you can borrow one from us or purchase one at our studio.
Q: How do I sign up?
A: Call or email the teacher of the class that you would like to sign up for (See Class Schedules). Each teacher is responsible for her own classes, and checks are made out to the teacher on the first class of each session. We accept checks or cash, of course. We do not accept credit cards. Drop in students are welcome at $7.00 if class is not full. If you are not certain which class you would like to sign up for, please call Cheryl Steinwedel at 419-998-3240 to discuss which class would best suit you.
Q: What is the meaning of Om?
A: Om is an ancient mantra, a primordial vibration. It is so old that its very nature is innately sacred. In many of our classes we follow the tradition of beginning our classes chanting Om and the invocation to create a sense of harmony and unity among the students in a powerful way.
Q: What is the meaning of Namaste?
A: Our classes always end with the teacher reciting the words "Namaste" to the class. It is done at the end of class because the mind is less active and the energy in the room is more peaceful. The teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward the students and the teachers in his/her life. And in return invites the students to connect with their lineage thereby allowing the truth to flow - the truth that we are all one when we live from the heart. Reciting Namaste allows individuals to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness, free from the bonds of the ego. Simply said, Namaste means: The Spirit in Me Honors The Spirit in You.