Yoga is attracting its share of attention lately as an alternative to the sofa during the cold winter months, and as more and more folks discover yoga’s unique way of relaxing the mind while simultaneously energizing the body.
Getting properly acclimated is an important part of starting a yoga practice, and helps create an experience that is not only valuable on a physical level, but is also comfortable and fun. Deciding on the right class is an important part of that process, but before you can make that decision it is important to know the distinction between the classes we offer.
At Sunrise Yoga, we think it is important to create “levels” of classes to accommodate a variety of students with diverse backgrounds and personal interests. If you are brand new to yoga, you are not likely to be comfortable in a class with everyone standing on their heads. On the other hand, the highly experienced student may prefer a practice that is much more rigorous than Level One provides.
Frankly, though, there’s more to it than creating a comfortable setting – we also strive to create a safe one, and that means establishing the base of your practice with care.
In our beginner classes (Level One, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Back Care), the pace is slower so students can focus on building a foundation of basic skills. The instructor assumes that you have no prior knowledge of Sanskrit and other yoga terminology so you are not left in the dust wondering what the heck “Padangusthasana” means!
Level Two assumes you have established some basics in the postures, and increases your exposure to more traditional yoga terminology. (“Aha, so that’s what Padangusthasana means!”) Levels Three and Four advance the student as he or she becomes more proficient in the poses and require increasing levels of experience and commitment to the practice of yoga. Along the way other elements of yoga practice, such as meditation and breath work, are also introduced at different intervals.
Offering “levels” of yoga helps us provide for the needs and comfort of all our students, reduces frustration for the new practitioner as well the highly experienced one, and provides a safe and rational stair-step approach to developing and enjoying a personal yoga practice, regardless of your previous experience or ultimate goal.
At Sunrise Yoga our regular schedule includes 25 classes each week, encompassing 10 different class descriptions. Check out the details on our website and find the one that is right for you – it will make your yoga journey an even more rewarding one!
Ever notice that when folks congregate around a common interest, they often communicate in a language that is all their own? Cyclists ride in “pelotons”, golfers replay a shot with a “mulligan”, and tennis players sometimes “love” their score. The uninitiated beginner can often feel sidelined and reluctant to participate.
The world of yoga is no different. With a history that dates back thousands of years, and origins in a culture in another part of the world, it is no surprise that some of the terminology you hear in the yoga studio may sound, well, a bit foreign.
The vernacular of yoga has endured because the concepts found in the practice of yoga are enduring. Take for example, “ahimsa”. Even if you have never the heard the word “ahimsa”, your yoga practice should include it from day one. So what in the world does ahimsa mean?
Ahimsa is a Sanskrit term meaning “do no harm”. While we are hopeful that “ahimsa” applies to all our undertakings, on the yoga mat it means “don’t hurt yourself”. Hurting oneself on the yoga mat can occur when we fail to listen to our body and honor its limitations, when we are reluctant to share a physical condition with the instructor so it can be properly accommodated, or when ego takes over and we strive to “keep up” with what a fellow student is doing. The result can be excessive discomfort in a pose, or even injury. And that can lead to frustration or a reluctance to continue with your yoga practice.
So remember that your instructor cannot “feel” the pose the way you experience it, and that is it your responsibility to “do no harm” to yourself whenever you step on the mat. This will keep the door open to a rewarding – and enjoyable – yoga practice for years to come.
Join this well-known instructor for a weekend of informative yoga instruction and practice. Cindy is the owner of One Center Yoga in Asheville, NC, and has been voted one of the Best Yoga Teachers in Western North Carolina for the last ten years. You may take individual sections to accommodate your schedule or enjoy the benefits of the entire weekend with Cindy.
Poses for Emotional Well-Being
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Poses for your Hips and Hamstrings
2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Yoga for your Knees
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Yoga to Open your Heart & Mind
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