Q: What is Yoga?

A: Yoga originated in India more than 6,000 years ago and only great sages knew the practice of meditation and pranayama (breath work) to attain the highest goal of self-realization or “enlightenment”. Yoga is not an exercise program, but a journey on both the mental and physical levels. It is a scientific practice of creating stillness in the mind. Through conscious breathing and moving into specific postures, the mind-body connection brings out the aspects of our true nature, creativity, higher intuition and personal development.

Q: What yoga styles are out there?

A: Although there are many styles of yoga, the differences are usually about emphasis, such as focusing on strict alignment of the body, coordination of breath and movement, holding the postures, or the flow from one posture to another. All of the styles share a common lineage. In fact, the founders of three major styles -- Astanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga -- were all students of Krishnamacharya, a famous teacher at the Yoga Institute at the Mysore Palace in India. No style is better than another; it's simply a matter of personal preference. More important than any style is the student-teacher relationship.

Q: Can I do yoga if I am inflexible?

A: Absolutely. Through steady, intelligent practice, stiffer students will gain flexibility, just as weaker students will gain more strength. All of our classes are taught as a balanced action regarding strength and flexibility. They must be developed simultaneously for safety.

Q: What do I wear?

A: Wear comfortable pants, leggings or shorts made of breathable fabric. Avoid items with zippers and buttons. Women should wear a form fitting top. A big t-shirt will only get in the way of your practice. No shoes are required. Bare feet, please.

Q: Do I need a mat?

A: Yes. You will need a yoga sticky mat. If you do not own one, you can borrow one from us or purchase one at the studio.

Q: How do I sign up?

A: Pre-Registering by phone or email guarantees a spot in the class. Class size is limited in Studio location. Checks should be made out to Still Butterfly. We accept checks or cash, of course. We do not accept credit cards. Drop in students are welcome at $10.00 if class is not full. If you are not certain which class you would like to sign up for, please call Martha at (517) 541-2255 to discuss which class would best suit you.

Q: What is the meaning of Om?

A: Om is an ancient mantra, a primordial vibration. It is so old that its very nature is innately sacred. In our classes we follow the tradition of beginning and ending our classes chanting Om creating a sense of harmony and unity among the students in a powerful way.

Q: What is the meaning of Namaste?

A: The teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward the students and the teachers in his/her life. Simply said, Namaste means: The Spirit in Me Honors The Spirit in You.

Q: What are Chakras

A: Chakras are energy centers that lie from the base of the spine through the crown of your head. They are responsible for balance and well being and are developed as one ages. They direct the energy flows in the body.

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