"The conscious effort to regulate breathing is what truly distinguishes yoga from other stretching activities. Without it, your practice is simply stretching"
New to yoga? No worries! Yoga Divina welcomes all levels of students, from first-timers to those who have been taking classes for years.
Yoga Divina specializes in people who need a little more attention such as:
Alignments · Arthritis Asthma · Balance · Cancer · Diabetes · Fibromyalgia · Heart Disease · High blood Pressure · Hip pain · Inflexibility · Osteoporosis · Migraines/Stress · PTSD · Obesity and more...
How is Yoga Therapy different than a regular yoga class?
Yoga Therapy is about working with your goals. Each session is tailored to your needs, whether you want to gain relief from chronic pain, facilitate injury recovery, improve flexibility, reduce stress, improve well-being, get help with depression.
Yoga means "yoke," to bring together. When we practice yoga, we are bringing breath and movement together. We are becoming more aware of our movements and our breathing and learning to control both. By becoming more aware of our breath and movement we can slowly start to move with ease.
Can you tell me about the private classes?
Private class includes assessment of your movements, range of motion and body limits. These sessions are between 60 -75 minutes and really focus on what you want to work on whether it is an old injury, new injury or for prevention of future injuries.
Private sessions are all about you and are designed for you. They are fun, interesting and done so that you can learn and use the tools given at home, when you need it most.
What can I expect from a group class?
A group yoga class typically last about one hour. My classes are designed for a specific thing you want to adress. For example,
Back & neck pain, inflexibility, heart disease, stress, weight loss, oseoperosis and more.
Our classes are based what we really have going on. I like a class that explains why we do the pose so you understand how you can use this later on in real life at home , work or in the car.
There are many styles of yoga and at Yoga Divina we really focus in on slowing down.
Hatha yoga is a gentle, non-aerobic form of stretching and breathing. We practice different stretches (asanas). We will also pay attention to our breathing and learn to extend and control our breath.
By the end of a yoga class, many people report feeling relaxed, energized, stretched and perhaps a bit calm. Many consider this a meaningful benefit in itself.
I’m not that flexible—is that a problem?
Anyone can start yoga! As a matter of fact, people with the least amount of flexibility are my favorite clients! "Why?" you ask, because after just a few
Absolutely not! It's like saying you hungry but can't eat.classes you will notice a huge difference. Flexibility in reality is not measured by the ability to touch your toes with your legs straight. If you need to bend you knees, bend them! Not only is this easier, but it feels good.
Do I need special clothing or equipment?
Like other forms of exercise, yoga is best practiced in comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily. In yoga class, we don’t wear socks or shoes. We do use yoga mats and blocks, but don’t worry if you don’t have your own—Yoga Divina has mats and blocks that you can use. It’s important to keep the body hydrated, so you should bring a bottle of water with you to every class.
How do I know Yoga is working?
There are many ways to tell.
You may experience a sense of calm.
You will notice that you are more aware of your movements or breath
After class.You might feel muscles that you have not used in a while.
Over time, you will feel your body become stronger and more flexible and able to let go and relax.
What is the difference between a Yoga instructor and Yoga Teacher or Yoga Therapist?
As a Yoga Teacher, I am frequently asked, "What is the difference between a Yoga Instructor and Yoga Teacher?"
Well for starters, I was trained as a teacher, not an instructor. I am here to teach you how you can help yourself. Yes. I tell you what to do, but I want you to really get it so that when you need it, you have it in your muscle memory.
What is Yoga Therapy?
While its true that all yoga if practiced safely can be healing, Yoga Therapy is about slowing things down so we can find the root of a problem and work to get you feeling better.
My advanced ISHTA course took more than 2 years to complete. There was a lot of time to learn, practice, observe my teachers, train and learn.
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN BE CERTIFIED AS A TEACHER IN AS LITTLE AS 3 DAYS?!
It's true! Someone with as little as "200 hours" of teacher training, a course that can be done in weekend or online, in theory can claim to be a Yoga Teacher/Therapist. But in order to weed out the new-comers from the professionals, here are some questions to ask when considering working with a yoga therapist:
What are their credentials?
A person who has taught yoga for years might be a great yoga teacher, but when it comes to injuries, illness and other ailments a teacher without therapy training might not be the best choice.
What kind of certification they have?
There are many types of yoga and not all are designed with therapy in mind.
Where did the teacher take their course? Was it a school that has a therapy background?
Not all teachertrainings are the same. A two or four week course will not be able to teach you what you need to know about the human body and movement. The body has a lot of detail, and so the training should as well.
How long have they been teaching yoga and especially Yoga Therapy?
Obviously the more experience the better than one just starting out.
Is the teacher specialized in any specific area?
Be sure the teacher you are working with specializes in your condition. It is not only comforting to find a therapist that has worked with your particular issue, but it is one way to ensure the teacher is qualified.
At the end of the day it is about You!
Be sure that the therapist you choose listens to you and your goals with yoga and your body.
Most of all remember to be easy on yourself.
Learning new ways to move, breathe, and think are all part of the process. Enjoy it!
So what do I really need?
If you want to save money, enjoy a group setting, then a group classes is great. Also great if you are just getting started and need something more economical.
Private class are really designed for you and your needs. These are usually booked in packs of 3, 6 & 8 sessions. We start with your goals in mind, ie be more flexible/ relaxed.
How many days a week should I practice yoga?
Well, there is 168 hours in a week, if you practice yoga (or anything) for only 1 hour a week, by the 75th hour you are going to forgot everything.
However, with regular practice, you can start to see some benefits. For this reason, I encourage you to practice a few times a week, if not daily. You don't have to spend an hour a day, You can spend anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes a day practicing yoga.