Yoga FAQs

What is yoga?

- Yoga is an exercise that originated in ancient India. It involves stretching and aligning your body. Yoga is said to be a moving meditation so focusing on one’s breathing is taught as highly important. Yoga activates every muscle, tendon, bone and organ in conjunction with the mind to renew and purify your body.

Will I lose weight by practicing yoga?

- Weight loss through yoga is possible since you are burning more calories during yoga than you do while resting dormant. However, yoga and yoga alone cannot guarantee weight loss. To lose weight, one must burn more calories than they intake. Yoga can help increase the number of calories being burned throughout the day, but if you eat a box of donuts after each yoga class, you’re probably unlikely to experience any weight loss. Bikram yoga, a form of yoga done in a 105 degree room, has been useful as a weight loss aid due to its high calorie-burning effects.

Am I too old for yoga?

- No. Anyone can do yoga young or old. However, when done improperly, yoga can cause a risk of injury. Be sure to take yoga from a licensed practitioner before attempting to do it yourself.

Can men do yoga?

- Certainly. Men and women alike have been enjoying the benefits of yoga for centuries.

Does yoga hurt?

- Yoga is designed to help align and reopen areas of your body. This process can be a bit painful, like they say, “no pain, no gain,” but yoga is really no more “painful” than any other form of exercise. It is not uncommon for yoga practitioners to experience soreness resulting from stretching. But the net result of a yoga practice is less bodily pain, not more!

Isn’t yoga for wackos?

- There was a time when yoga was practiced primarily by hippies or vegetarians, but these days lots of people are practicing yoga. Businessmen, husbands, wives, even Republicans can be found practicing yoga. So no worries, you won’t be alone in a room full of smelly hippies if you decide to try yoga.

What should I wear to yoga?

- Loose fitting clothing and sandals should suffice. Yoga is generally always practiced barefoot, so you can leave the gym shoes at home. The less clothes you feel comfortable wearing, the better. Yoga involves putting your body in a lot of unusual positions, so the less your clothing acts as a hindrance to this, the better.

I’ve heard yoga prevents disease, is that true?

- It is thought that yoga helps prevent disease by releasing toxins stored up in the body by regulating organs. Yoga is also thought to improve digestion and enhance immune system response.