Yoga FAQ’s

Q: I don’t think I’m very flexible. Will I be able to do yoga?

A: Contrary to popular belief, being flexible isn’t a prerequisite for practicing yoga! Some people are born naturally flexible, others have to work a little longer to attain their optimum flexibility. A regular yoga practice will definitely increase your flexibility. However, flexibility isn’t yoga’s only goal or its only benefit. The ultimate benefit of yoga — to promote a strong & flexible body — can be experienced by everyone, regardless of whether or not they can touch their toes!

Q: Some of the poses don’t feel very comfortable to me and I’m sore the next day. I thought yoga was supposed to make you feel good!

A: Yoga balances and strengthens your body by using all your muscles and taking all your major joints through every possible range of motion. As you begin, you’ll be calling upon parts of yourself you probably haven’t used in quite some time, if ever (which explains that temporary soreness). It’s natural for some of the poses to feel awkward or uncomfortable at first, but you’ll discover that with a little time and regular practice, your body will begin to open, adapt and grow stronger. Along with feeling increasingly calm yet energized, centered and relaxed, your gradually increasing comfort in the poses will tell you you’re making progress.

Q: When I look around the classroom, it seems like others are more advanced than I am. Should I be concerned?

A: Lovar has the training and knowledge to teach students of varying levels of ability and experience within the same class. I am careful to maintain a supportive learning environment in which everyone can feel comfortable working at their own level. Whether I’m demonstrating how to modify a challenging pose by using blocks, or giving you a hands-on adjustment in the course of teaching the entire group, I will make sure that everyone in the classroom can participate, from seasoned students to absolute beginners. Always feel free to ask me for additional help or clarification if you need it. I’m happy to help!

Q: How often should I do yoga?

A: The more yoga you do, the more positive changes you’ll notice, but you can benefit from as little as one class a week. Some students practice every day. Ideally, I recommend you try for an average of two classes a week.

Q: I have an ongoing problem with my back/shoulder/neck/knee, etc. Will yoga help?

A: Yoga has proven therapeutic benefits when carefully applied. Let me know before class if you have an injury or other on-going physical concerns. I will be able to tell you which poses to avoid and how to work around your problem areas. I can also suggest particular poses you can do on your own that might help.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: Email [email protected], and I will be happy to answer any other questions you might have!

Why Yoga?

by Erich Schiffman

The first time I saw someone practicing yoga I had mixed feelings. On the one hand I was highly attracted, there being something profoundly “right” about what I was seeing; on the other hand there was a mysterious, exotic, and ancient air about it that made me nervous. I had never seen anything like it before. It seemed powerful, almost bizarre. The man I was watching obviously knew what he was doing, and he seemed to have access to a hidden reservoir of energy.

Questions like “Why in the world?” and “What for?” raced through my mind. Reactions like “So what,” “crazy,” and “fanatic” filtered through, and yet I was deeply impressed. I wanted to know how twisting and bending your body could have anything remotely to do with God, life, meaning, or happiness. What was yoga all about? What relationship could it possibly have with anything? With my life, my perceived problems, global issues, despair, hopelessness, the alleviation of suffering, making a difference, enlightenment … ? And like many things in life, we can never know in advance the full impact something is going to have on us. Reasons for our initial involvement may pale and lose importance as we move deeper. We change and learn, often in unexpected ways.

The simple perspective I have come up with, through all the years and thousands of hours of practicing yoga and meditation since that first exposure, is that yoga makes you feel good. It’s relaxing. It’s energizing. It’s strengthening. You feel better at the end of a session than before you began, and life runs more smoothly when you maintain a consistent discipline than when you don’t. Yoga enhances your experience of life. It changes your perspective. You thereby find yourself spontaneously embracing a larger, more accurate conception of who you are, how life works, and what God is. You start seeing things differently, with less distortion – which results in more peace of mind, better health, more enthusiasm for life, and an ever-growing authentic sense of inner well-being.