A: Originating in India, yoga is a psycho-physical discipline with roots going back about 5,000 years. Today, most yoga practices in the West focuses on the physical postures called “asanas,” breathing exercises called “pranayama,” and meditation. However, there’s more to it than that, and the deeper you go the richer and more diverse the tradition becomes. The word “yoga” means union. Linguistically, it is related to the Old English “yoke.” Traditionally, the goal of yoga is union with the Absolute, known as Brahman, or with Atman, the true self. These days the focus is often on the more down-to-earth benefits of yoga, including improved physical fitness, mental clarity, greater self-understanding, stress control and general well-being. Spirituality however, is a strong underlying theme to most practices. The beauty of yoga is in its versatility, allowing practitioners to focus on the physical, psychological or spiritual, or a combination of all three.
A: Personal sticky mats are available for purchase, bring your own, or you are invited to borrow a yoga mat at your own risk. If you commit to yoga, we recommend purchasing your own mat for hygienic reasons. Wear Comfortable, fitted clothing and no shoes or socks are required. Yoga is best practiced with an empty stomach and bladder. Feel free to bring water to class, however, it is best to drink it afterwards.
A: In consideration of students with fragrance sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfume. Please also come to the studio having washed after previous athletic activities that would cause strong body odors. We also recommend washing yoga mats often to prevent odors coming from the mats. Come with an open mind to new possibilities. Please let your instructor know of any injuries or major body issues you have or have had.
A: People have received many benefits from yoga such as: Improved Flexibility, Strength and balance, Reduced stress, Increased relaxation, Improved sleep, Relief from Neck, Joint and Back pain
Students are encouraged to take what they learn in class with them into their daily lives. Yoga offers the blessings of learning to live calmly with and open mind and forgiving self. Please join us in class and feel free to call and ask what class is appropriate for you.
A: Yoga is Hindu in origin but ecumenical in nature. It is not a religion; it is a philosophy clearly premised in moral and spiritual principles. Whether you do yoga for physical, emotional, or spiritual reasons, yoga has a trans-formative effect on your overall health and vitality, your awareness of self and others, and your capacity for integrity and compassion.
A: We promote peace in each individual. We believe peace begins within each of us, by awareness of our connection to all other beings in the sharing of life. So we promote Green Living, embracing Fair Trade practices, Earth-friendly Sustainability and conscious consumerism for the benefits of all people, wildlife and our planet.
A: Gentle Yoga is a great starting point for beginners or students with limitations. Level 1 Yoga can also be a starting class for students who are already in good health. Level 2 Yoga is designed for yoga students who have a large range of motions in their bodies and are bringing their practice to a new level. Call us if you will like some assistance in discovering your first class with us.
A: At BMe Yoga, we teach a form of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa or some call it Flow Yoga. Hatha Yoga is a forceful path. This branch of yoga requires the aspirant to devote time to physical processes, such as pranayama (breath and energy exercises), and asanas (physical exercises). Hatha yoga attempts to purify the nervous system and strengthen the body to such a degree that the hatha yogi attains a state of freedom from heat or cold, pain and pleasure, even hunger and thirst. Other forms of Hatha Yoga are Inyengar, Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Integral, Sivananda, Ananda, Bikram, Kundalini, Anusara, Tri Yoga, White Lotus, Jivamukti, and Ishta.
The biggest myth of yoga…you must be flexible to come to class!
We welcome all bodies and everybody.