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What is Yoga?

The word yoga means to yoke. At its core, yoga is a practice that seeks to unite the physical, mental and spiritual body. A full sense of well-being is promoted through yoga, which distinguishes it from an aerobic class or many other types of exercise you might try at a gym.

Is Yoga safe?
Honor Yoga emphasizes a balance of strength, flexibility, and endurance. Through the use of props such as belts, blankets, bolsters, and blocks students can achieve precise postures safely and completely according to their particular body type and needs. All the poses, practiced mindfully, restore physical, physiological, and mental well- being. Honor Yoga teaches correct alignment of the spine and limbs in all poses and helps stimulate and balance all systems of the body recreating and/or maintaining harmony.

Why begin a yoga practice?
Yoga is a lifelong practice. It is no mystery that our physical well-being is closely tied to our mental well-being. The sutras tell us that the practice yoga is a means to remove the obstacles that disturb and distract our consciousness. The practice of asana is a wonderful way to begin to restore ourselves to good health. Asana practice allows us to focus and rechannel our awareness inward. Through the practice of asana we build strength and gain freedom and space in the body. We create a more nurturing and healthy environment within ourselves. The environment that we create within expresses outwardly in our relationships towards ourselves and others.

As Iyengar notes:
“If we have peace within us, peace will follow with others, too. Then the world is also in peace. ”

What do I need to bring to class?
Most importantly, bring an open mind. A t-shirt and shorts or knit tights that allow for easy movement are recommended attire. For hygienic reasons, we recommend that you purchase your own mat and bring it to class. The studio does provide mats if needed as well as all other props for your use. For your comfort, try not to eat 2 hours prior to class.

What are inversions?
Inverted poses place the pelvis higher than the heart for a minute or more. Students who should not do inversions are those with high blood pressure, hiatal hernia, displaced or detached retina, glaucoma, disorders of the cervical spine, sinus infection, weak or broken capillaries in or around the eyes or face, coronary heart disease, and epilepsy.

What does Namaste mean?
Class traditionally ends with the exchange of the Sanskrit word Namaste. Pronounced: “Nah-Mah-Stay” This translates roughly as:
I honor the divine place within you that is love, light, peace and truth. We recognize this place in each other.
In this place we realize we are one.

Refunds?
Boutique Refunds: Returns may be made within 30 days. Some exclusions may apply.

Class Refund Policy: All classes and memberships, are non-refundable. Special hardships which request a cancellation less than 72 hours will receive a studio credit that can be used within one year.

Workshop and Series Cancellation Policy: Once you register for a workshop or series, your space has been reserved. To cancel please contact the studio with a confirmation at least 72 hours or more before the workshop for a full refund. Special hardships which request a cancellation less than 72 hours will receive a studio credit that can be used within one year.