Yoga FAQs

What are the benefits of yoga?

A regular Yoga practice will improve:

  • Sleep Patterns
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Muscle Strength & Tone
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Athletic Ability
  • Stamina
  • Concetration
  • Circulation

 

Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?

If you have seen yoga pictures online or in magazines, then it would appear that everyone that does yoga is flexible.  This is not the “norm”.  Attend any class and you will find that the majority of practitioners are working towards becoming more flexible.  The yogis in the magazines have been doing yoga for many years and are an inspiration to us and proof that a regular practice of yoga will lead to more flexibility. Remember “Rome wasn’t built in a day” nor will you be able to wrap your leg around your neck the first day. Patience and a regular practice is key.

Is yoga only for women?

Many of the greatest teachers in history were men and still are today.  Yoga is for everyone.  Many doctors and coaches are recommending yoga to their patients and athletes, so the numbers of male and female students are increasing.

WHY SHOULD MEN DO YOGA?  Most men have strength but lack flexibility and you need both. A regular yoga practice will improve flexibility in the shoulders hips and hamstrings.  As we age our joints can become stiff and sore and limit us from many of the activities that we enjoy such as golf, hockey, running, etc.

Will yoga be a good workout?

I share an opinion with many others that if you only have time for one class make it a yoga class.

Yoga is a full body workout that creates both strength and flexibility. Yoga works all muscle groups of the body, even the small muscles that often get forgotten about.

Many sports and exercise programs work the same muscle groups which over time can cause stress on the joints and lead to asymmetries in the body. Yoga works to balance and strengthen the body while becoming more flexible.

What should I wear?

Choose clothing that is fitted and stretchy so the clothes move with you and won’t restrict your movement.

Avoid loose clothing as it makes it difficult for your instructor to see your alignment. Also avoid baggy shirts as they will fall over your face in poses like downward facing dog, and inversions. 

Comfort is key. Feel free to express yourself!

Can I eat before class?

The opinion of most is to try and refrain from eating heavy meals 2 hours prior to a yoga practice. Yoga includes many twists and inversions which could lead to some unpleasant side effects and cause discomfort during your practice. If you feel you need to eat something, choose something light. Always do what is right for your body’s needs. And remember to stay hydrated.

How often do I need to practice to see results?

My advice is to always listen to your own body. As your practice strengthens so will your time on your mat. I recommend incorporating different class types to your practice. If you always tend to do power yoga, try adding a restoratives class into your mix. It is important to move and sweat, but also just as important to stretch , relax and destress.

Will I have to do a handstand?

Whether you choose to take private, semi-private or group classes, each and every class is full of modifications to take YOUR practice to where YOU are comfortable. A regular yoga practice will give you the strength and balance you need to do a handstand over time, but the handstand isn’t the focus of the practice. Every class is geared towards making the most out of your time on your mat. Whether that is staying in child’s pose or trying an arm balance, the choice is always yours, and safety always comes first.

What is the address of Liv Luv Yoga Studio?

LIV LUV YOGA STUDIO

9702 101 Avenue

Morinville

AB T8R 1B3