Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of wisdom.
Q – I have never done Yoga before, be that Therapeutic or any other school of Yoga. How and where do I start?
A – When you are ready to change your life, I recommend a six-week course of study of Therapeutic Yoga. You will learn and put into practice the basic fundamental asanas and vinyasas, incorporating your breath in body shapes and body movements. Your first several lessons will be an exciting and memorable experience. Students soak up the experience like a sponge, and are especially attuned to the changes in awareness that often accompany the process of awakening. It is a fantastic place to start your journey.
Q – What if I cannot do a posture?
A – I will help you select a posture that is appropriate to your experience. If you are not ready for a particular posture, we can do modifications, work on another posture, or you can rest. This is your practice, and you do whatever is comfortable and appropriate for you.
Q – I am suffering from injuries. Can Therapeutic Yoga help me recover?
A – The practice can be modified to accommodate your needs, and will help you heal and recover. There are many benefits to be gained in Therapeutic Yoga. You will gain clarity, be focused, and experience an increase in energy as you rehabilitate.
Q – Can Therapeutic Yoga help me lose weight?
A – Yes. Organizing your breath around postures and movements increases metabolism and burns calories. The practice will heighten your awareness, making you mindful of how you are taking care of your body. Therapeutic Yoga improves your posture, flexibility, and muscle tone. The practice will make you strong where you need it and soft where you need it. Yet during the practice, what you are thinking and feeling count just as much as what your skin and flesh look like.
Q – Will Therapeutic Yoga help me manage stress?
A – Yes. Yoga is an ancient practice of stress relief, connecting your mind with your body, resulting in self-awareness, physical and mental calmness, and an overall sense of well-being and release.
Q – What should I wear?
A – I recommend that you wear loose clothing and avoid wearing heavy accessories and/or loose jewelry that could interfere with your comfort. I ask that you refrain from wearing cosmetics and/or strong fragrances that could be distracting to you and/or other students.
Q – Do I need a mat?
A – Yes. Therapeutic Yoga can make some practitioners perspire. For your safety a mat will prevent you from slipping. You will provide your own mat and/or any other props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, straps or towels.