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What is Yoga?

Yoga is a family of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. Today, in India and across the World, yoga is a vibrant living tradition and is seen as a means to both physical health and spiritual mastery. While Yoga evolved as a spiritual practice, in the West it has grown popular as a form of purely physical exercise. Most Western practice has little or nothing to do with Hinduism or spirituality, but is simply a way of keeping healthy and fit. Yoga as exercise has evolved into numerous subdivisions and variations. There is some debate whether the term Hatha Yoga properly describes yoga as exercise, since the traditional Hatha Yoga system is a spiritual path in its own right. Most yoga classes in the U.S. consist of a combination of physical exercises, breathing exercises, and meditation. These characteristics make yoga a particularly beneficial kind of exercise for people with certain health conditions, including heart disease/hypertension, asthma, and back problems.

Do I need to bring anything to class?

No. We have everything you need. All we ask is that you wear loose comfortable clothing that allows movement. There are always mats available for use, free of charge. If you prepfer to have your own mat, we have an assortment available for purchase ranging from $19-$35.

It is my first time taking yoga.
Do you have any tips?

Yes. Work at your own pace! Most of the classes we offer are ‘All Level,’ that means the students in the class range from beginners to advanced. The instructor will give modifications for beginners and modifications for advanced students so everyone in the class is challenged. If you need to rest or stop during class, you may do so at anytime and simply rejoin when you are ready. Remember, it does not matter if are a beginner or even if you are not flexible. Simply respect your own physical limits, don’t forget to breathe, and always work at your own pace.

What are the benefits of yoga?

For people with heart problems, studies have shown yoga to help people young and old. Specifically, yoga seems to promote heart health in several ways, including lowering high blood pressure and improving resistance to psychological stress. For people with back problems, studies have shown yoga helps physically with strength, flexibility and endurance. Yoga also helps create relaxation through the breathing and meditation techniques employed, which has been shown to help people better proactively manage a chronic pain problem like back pain.

Do I have to practice a certain religion to do yoga?

No. Historically, yoga originated as an ancient family of spiritual practices, however, today the practice of asanas (postures) in yoga have been adopted in the West as a form of physical exercise. CYD is not affiliated with any specific religion.

For any additional questions, feel free to give us a call or email us at crenshawyoga@gmail.com.

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