Frequently Asked Questions
What is Yoga?
The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated over 6000 years ago. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.
Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose. The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the tradition in which the teacher has trained.
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.
Can I do yoga if I am inflexible or strong?
Absolutely. . We believe that each person must respect their own body and work within their limits and with continued practice you will gain flexibility. Many students gain strength and flexibility, which improves everything.
What should I wear?
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. Bare feet works the best.
Do I need a yoga mat?
No, We have mats for you at the studio. But if attending the Saturday class at Independence Dam, we recommend that you bring a sticky mat.
How do I sign up?
Call (419.576.6052) or email Sylvia Koester to sign up for a class.(See Class Schedules). We accept checks or cash, of course. We do not accept credit cards. Drop in students are welcome, if the class is not full. If you are not certain which class you would like to sign up for, please talk to Sylvia and she will help you choose the correct class for you.
What is the meaning of Namaste?
The teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward the students and the teachers in his/her life. Simply said, Namaste means: The Spirit in Me Honors The Spirit in You.