What is yoga?
Yoga means ‘union’ or ‘connection.’ The word ‘yoga’ is used to signify any form of connection. Yoga is both a state of connection and a body of techniques that allows us to connect to anything. A conscious connection to something allows us to feel and experience that thing, person, or experience. The experience of connection is a state of yoga, a joyful and blissful fulfilling experience.
What are the benefits of yoga?
To name a few, increased flexibility, improved lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons, improved muscle tone, detoxification of the organs and tissues of the body, improved mental clarity, improved lymphatic flow, strengthening of the immune system, increased lung capacity, mind-body awareness, better posture, improved skin tone, reduced joint pain including back pain, weight loss, and more.
What does RYT and E-RYT mean and what are the qualifications of the instructors?
RYT means Registered Yoga Teacher and E-RYT means Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (having taught 1000+ hours). Yoga Alliance standards are a measure of professional education and experience in the yoga teaching community. All instructors at TYC are members of Yoga Alliance and we are all highly trained by the best, continuing to study yoga by regularly attending classes and workshops.
I’m inflexible, overweight or have a health condition, can I still do yoga?
We teach yoga as a way of life and have received many testimonials from students since we opened the studio in 2002 thanking us for the weight they have lost, flexibility they have gained or for the help received dealing with a health condition. At TYC, we try our best to make sure our students are placed appropriately in the right class for maximum benefit. That is why we use a lot of props in our style of yoga!
What should I expect in class?
You will be guided through breathing techniques, yoga poses called asanas, and final relaxation in each class. Every student is encouraged to listen to their body and with the help of the instructor, learn the correct, anatomical way of doing the poses in order to get the most benefits.
What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable you can move easily in without restriction. Yoga pants, sweat pants, appropriate length shorts, t-shirts that aren’t too baggy. Yoga is done in bare feet, however, yoga socks with non slip bottoms are allowed. No plunging necklines or short shorts please, and men need to wear shirts. And PLEASE no perfumes or cologne. It’s hard to focus on breathing if one is smelling another students scent, plus there are those of us who are allergic.
What should I bring with me?
If you own a yoga mat, you are welcome to bring it, however we do provide all mats and any other props you might need for class. Water only is permitted in the classrooms. Please leave your cell phone behind!
Should I eat before attending a class?
Do not eat a meal 2 – 3 hours before class. Instead eat a light snack, nuts, banana or other fruit, energy bar, etc. is appropriate. Anything heavy might make you nauseous. And definitely no alcohol before! Save your wine/beer for later!
Do you provide childcare?