What is Yoga? – Casa Yoga

What is Yoga?

Practicing yoga offers you many benefits beyond fitness. Yoga enhances your mind-body connection and improves all aspects of your life.
Expect that after attending just a few classes, you will begin to enjoy benefits such as; better sleep, improved digestion, ability to cope with and manage stress, community support and newfound friendships.

We celebrate and appreciate hearing our students say how loved and special they feel at Casa Yoga.
It is our goal to offer our students a peaceful sanctuary and retreat away from their busy lives.

 

Myth: Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?

The Truth: Yoga is not just about flexibility as many people think. Yoga is about creating balance in the body and mind. In the BODY we want to attain strength and flexibility together. The absence of one leads to pain in the body. In the MIND we want to be focused yet open to new ideas. Too much focus and one can become rigid and aggressive. 

Myth: Are Casa Yoga classes too advanced for me if I am a beginner?

The Truth: All of our classes with the exception of CY 2 (intermediate / advance) are open to ALL LEVEL students from beginners to advanced. We encourage our new students to have an open mind and be patient as they learn how to coordinate the movements with their breath. It is not uncommon to struggle in your first few classes but the GREAT news is that you will soon be doing things you didn’t think you could. 

Myth: Yoga is just an exercise.

The Truth: Yoga is not merely an exercise to make one's body fit; this is one of the most widespread misconceptions. Beyond its obvious physical aspect, Yoga is first and foremost a spiritual act with the primary goal of uniting the body, mind, and emotions.

Myth: Is Yoga Is a Religion?

The Truth: Yoga is not a religion but a philosophy that teaches awareness and connection. As Deepak Chopra, MD so eloquently put it when asked the question; "I look to the roots of yoga. Traditionally, yoga is the science of the Self. Yoga seeks to help us understand our inner world through various techniques that include meditation, asanas, breathing, focused awareness, and certain rules of behavior and conduct. If by religion we mean the religious experience of transcendence, the loss of fear of death, and the emergence of platonic qualities such as truth, beauty, goodness, harmony, and evolution, then yes, yoga can give us a religious experience. It is not religion in the form of ideology, dogma, belief systems, or compliance; it’s a spiritual experience that gives us access to a universal domain of reality."

Myth: Do I need to adopt a new diet to do yoga?

The Truth: A yoga practice raises your awareness and therefore you will naturally make healthier choices for your body.

Myth: If I do yoga will I still need to do other things such as cardiovascular training or resistance training to be in great shape?

The Truth: Yoga is a full spectrum fitness program that encompasses strength, cardio, balance and flexibility. If you choose to use yoga as your primary training regiment we recommend you practice 4-5 times a week. If you already have a fitness program and are adding yoga to enhance your fitness goals we recommend you add it 1-2 times a week. Within our community we have many competitive athletes who are reaping the healing benefits of yoga by adding it to their training regimen 1-2 times a week. 

Myth: What if I am injured and needing additional help?

The Truth: If you are experiencing a minor injury, please make your instructor aware so that they may assist you by offering additional guidance during class. If you have a debilitating injury and have clearance to work out from your Doctor, we can provide you with a series of private lessons to help you during your healing phase. Please inquire at the front desk for more info on scheduling and pricing options.

Myth: Do I have to sign a contract to become a member?

The Truth: We have many flexible non-contract options to meet everyone's needs.