In a typical yoga class, students place their mats facing the front of the room (often identifiable by a small altar or teacher's mat) in a loose grid. You will need some space in certain poses so it's best if you place your mat a few inches away from your neighbor. Students often perform gentle stretching or sit in meditation while waiting to begin. Depending on the teacher, there may be breathing exercises or a short meditation at the start of class. This will be followed by warm-up poses, more vigorous poses, then stretches and final relaxation called Savasana. At any time during a class you may take Child's Pose if you need to rest.
If you are unable to attend a yoga studio, there are other options out there. Online yoga classes are an inexpensive way to practice on your own time with a smart phone, iPad, or computer. Both the online classes and beginner DVDs are great with fitting a yoga practice into your schedule and they can practiced in the comfort of your own home. If you are interested in beginning your journey as a member of Gates To Yoga Online Studio, click here!
Yoga Poses Directory - A list of poses with step by step instructions and tips for beginners and those experienced in yoga. Please note, you will need a membership to receive full access to our yoga poses directory.
Why Practice Yoga?
Helps to relieve stress
Relieves some aches and pains
Promotes our breathing
Gives us a focus on the present moment
Increases our Flexibility
Creates more strength in our body
Improves the circulation in our body
Helps in having good weight management
Gives us a sense of inner peace and contentment