Yoga is a 5,000 year old physical, mental and emotional discipline that allows an individual to explore personal insight and clarity, thus creating a healthy mind, body and soul. For some, yoga is a spiritual experience, but it is rooted in ancient Indian science, not religion. Yoga is practiced throughout the world by people of all ages and abilities. The word yoga originates from the word yoke, meaning to join, or union; union of breath and body, union of energy and physicality, union of the macro with the micro. Yoga teaches us that the path to self discovery starts with a mindful exploration of how we treat the world around us (our Village) and how we treat ourselves (the Villager). Our yoga practice is a discipline through which we gather tools that allow us to find comfort with our own Self and an understanding of our role in contributing to the greater world in which we live.
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Your first yoga class can be a bit discombobulating. You’ll be asked to listen without looking and to move your body in new ways, while trying to keep your mind still. It’s normal to feel challenged just to be in class, let alone move smoothly from pose to pose.
Here are a few basics to help you feel more comfortable while welcoming this new experience: