"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."
Frequently asked questions
What is yoga?
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to yoke or bind, and is often referred to as "union". We can talk about yoga interns of the practices and as methods of discipline or in terms of a state of being...a state of yoga/union.
What styles of yoga do we offer at New World Wellness?
There are many different styles of Asana Practice (the physical postures of yoga) that evolved from under the branch of Hatha Yoga (The word hatha means willful or forceful and Hatha is also translated as ha meaning "sun" and tha meaning "moon") that includes Asana, Pranayama (breathing techniques) & Meditation.
At New World Wellness we place a strong emphasis on including Pranayama and Meditation in our classes as well as weaving in the deeper yogic teachings. Click here for specific summaries of our current class offerings.
How is yoga different from Pilates or stretching?
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali's eight-fold path illustrates how the physical practice is just one aspect of yoga that was developed to assist the body to sit for longer times in meditation.
Even as a physical practice yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind with our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to cultivate an inward focus, which allows us to develop non judgment and non attachment. Yoga is just as much a practice to create a healthy mind as it is to create a healthy body.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. It is a system of wellness. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga. It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga. All Spiritual beliefs systems can be honored through the practice.
What does Om mean?
Om is Mantra or vibration, that is sometimes chanted at the beginning and or end end of yoga sessions. It is referred to as the sound of the universe. The ancient yogis knew what scientists today have finally discovered—that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever truly solid or still. Everything that exists is in motion, creating a rhythmic vibration and the ancient yogis acknowledged this with the sacred sound of Om. Om vibrates through the universe (one verse) and can even be heard now on recordings from space (check this out on NASA website). We may not always notice this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the leaves, the waves of the ocean, in the sound of the wind, and even the vibration of our refrigerator!
Don't I need to be flexible to do yoga?
EVERYONE can practice yoga & flexibility is not necessary! Many people think that they need to be flexible to practice yoga, but we practice yoga to become more flexible in mind and body! Students gain agility balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
What do I need to bring to class?
Yourself! You also want to bring water with a lid, wear comfortable loose fitting clothes, and if you have your own mat and yoga props bring them, but if not we provide them. We don't charge a fee for mat rentals, but we do request all studio mats are cleaned with our disinfectant wipes after each use.
Should I eat before yoga class?
During classes we practice twists, we practice forward bends and Backbends. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will probably be uncomfortable and make itself known to you. You may want to try a light snack such as protein bar, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class, but avoid any heavy meals 2-3 hours prior.
What classes are best for beginners?
We recommend beginner practitioners start with Gentle Yoga Wellness, Weekend Rejuvenate or Yin Yoga. Yoga Nidra and Meditation classes are also great for everyone. Once you have practiced for awhile you may also enjoy Vinyasa Yoga, which is a more physically demanding practice.We recommend beginner practitioners start with Gentle Yoga Wellness
How much are classes?
Our weekly group classes are being offered now at Happy Place Yoga & Music, which is the location of our former studio. Your Wellness Investment for classes at this beautiful space are: $10 cash only drop-in, $12 credit card pay drop-in, or 10 classes for $90 subject to change to other specials. Specialty classes and workshops rates vary.
What time do I arrive?
The outside doors are locked when class starts. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to settle in and be ready for class. With the traffic you may plan for 15 minutes early!
Do I need to preregister for classes?
Not necessary at this time, but check with us as soon as there will be the ability to do so from Happy Place Yoga & Music's website. Thus, this will guarantee your space!
Do you offer private classes or classes in the home?
We do offer private yoga or meditation classes as well as couples classes or family classes. Please click here for more info on private sessions. We also offer off-site services in the home when deemed an appropriate fit. Please click here to learn about criteria to determine your wellness investment.