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!