If you’re new to yoga or simply new to our Circle Center Family, you might have some questions...and we have answers! If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to drop by the studio, call or send us an email. There is no such thing as a silly question and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you come to practice with us.
Like all forms of yoga, Alignment Based Yoga combines physical postures, breath-work and meditation. This practice specializes in making postures accessible to all through the use of clear instruction and progression, props as learning tools and modifications to classic yoga poses. The props (such as blocks, chairs, belts and bolsters) provide support and help students balance, stretch, strengthen and attain alignment in each pose. The attention to detail and cultivation of awareness is meant to not only maintain physical safety in the practice, but to develop the mental benefits of a complete meditation in action. No two classes are ever the same. The emphasis is on learning, not just doing, so students can fully absorb the process and gain a more in-depth understanding of yoga, and themselves!
Through attention to proper alignment, yoga encourages weak areas to strengthen and stiff areas to release, awakening and realigning the whole body. An added benefit of an emphasis on correct anatomical alignment can be the diminishing of aches and pains and improved posture. As the body moves into better alignment, less muscular effort is required, and relaxation naturally increases. Increased respiration, energy and vitality as well as improved athletic performance, cardio and circulatory health are just a few more benefits. Regular yoga practice also develops self-awareness, intelligent evaluation and inward reflection. Yoga is for everyone. Whatever your age, condition or body type, you can benefit from the practice of yoga.
You do not need to be flexible, strong, fit or young to practice yoga. Yoga begins from where you are now. Through gradual, intelligent practice over time, yoga will promote flexibility, strength and balance. But these are only the physical benefits. The practice of yoga helps us develop mental focus and poise, as well as emotional peace and serenity. These benefits are available to everyone at every age. People come to CCY with differing levels of experience, but there is room for everyone.
We are ALL learning.
Alignment Based Yoga has approaches and protocols for all these conditions and is known for its innovative and effective approach to alleviate common aches and ailments. You will find that yoga can help you work skillfully, gradually and intelligently within your limits. Advise your teacher of your concerns, injuries, or conditions before class. Our teachers are trained to modify and suggest alternative strategies (or postures) to enable you to practice safely and intelligently. Yoga is open to people of all ages and all levels of physical condition. Do not be put off from trying a yoga class because you feel that you are “too old”, “too stiff”, “too heavy”, “too tired”, “too busy”, etc. Yoga has so much to offer everyone!
No, Alignment Based Yoga classes are a safe place to begin practicing regardless of your fitness level. The yoga postures are modified to meet the individual needs of each student. Since we work with strengthening postural muscles responsible for healthy anatomical alignment, new students can quickly experience increased energy and general well-being. The emphasis on precise postural alignment provides opportunities and challenges for students of all fitness levels and all are welcome.
Yes, and your first class is Free. We also offer Complimentary Community Classes.
Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion. Though it does have a spiritual component, it is practiced by individuals of widely differing beliefs and any and all people are welcome at CCY. Yoga simply asks you to have an experience: to believe in the possibility that we can transform ourselves; that there is always more to learn; that there is a better way to approach life than old habits that may hold us back. At the heart of yoga is the openness to see we have not yet tapped into our highest potential as human beings, and the practice seeks to put us in touch with our spiritual core, our innermost nature, that which, or who, we truly are.
The sound of “om” is actually a-u-m — three separate tones/vibrations. It is considered to be the original sound from which all other sounds emanate. It is the sound of creation and life you hear all around you — the wind in the trees, the buzz of a bee, the hum of a car engine, the rumble of a train. In chanting om before or after practice, we create unity of breath, sound and vibration, reminding us we are all connected, and the unifying power of the universe.
Translated directly, Namaste means “to bow” and is considered a greeting from the heart that is reciprocated in kind: the light and goodness in me honors the light and goodness in you.