Yoga is a science that along with its sister science Ayurveda dates back over 5,000 years in India. Yoga is for all ages, body types, conditions and religions. Much more than just exercise it can bring profound positive changes to the practitioner on every level - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Yoga, a Sanskrit word means Union - Union of individual consciousness to Supreme Consciousness.
A well balanced yoga class includes relaxation, breathing practices, gentle stretching and a variety of poses. The yoga asanas (poses) stretch, strengthen and tone all the muscles, ligaments and tendons. They also work on the inner glands, organs and nerves. They help to keep the skeletal system and spine strong and supple. The breathing practices calm and balance the mind, nervous system and increase lung capacity and respiration. The relaxations assist in balancing blood pressure, relaxing the muscles, clearing the mind and bringing one into a peaceful state.
In any yoga class it is important to listen to your body. If you have any sensitivities it is best to let your teacher know before the class so that alternates may be offered to help you.
Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. Generally waiting 1-2 hours after a light meal and 3-4 hours after a heavy meal. There are a few exceptions, for example, if one is pregnant, or has hypoglycemia or diabetes, etc.
Regular yoga practice has been shown to help lower back pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, stress and much more.