F.A.Qs (frequently asked questions)

What are the benefits of doing yoga?

The practice of Yoga includes a very holistic approach to health. It includes practices which focus on the well being of the body, mind and soul. Initially the benefits are very subtle but over a period of time when iy becomes a way of life, the benefits are very obvious

Are there any side-effects of doing yoga?

When done under proper supervision of a trained yoga teacher, there are no side effects. If at all the effects are only positive.

Is Yoga enough to keep you fit?

If by yoga, you mean asanas, then definitely it is not enough to keep you fit. Fitness depends as much on the state of mind as on the state of the body. Thus a well balanced diet, healthy lifestyle, an appropriate yoga routine (asana, pranayama, meditation) and using the knowledge given in the courses can help keep you fit. And doing all these things are very natural and effortless for all of us. That’s why in the yogasutras it is said, “Prayatna shaithilya anantha samapattibhyam." Letting go of the effort and merging with the Divine presence are the two aspects of asana practice. To experience yoga, it is best to learn with a trained teacher and experience the totality of yoga.

How does one become a yoga teacher?

M.B Yoga Sansthan Certification Programs are an excellent opportunity for those interested in teaching yoga, or for those who would like to enrich their spiritual experience and bring more discipline in their practice

What is the minimum age to start yoga?

An infant is a born yogi. The whole process is of relearning. However for our general courses, the minimum age is 15. We do have special courses for children called ART Excel and YES.

what does “yoga” mean?

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “to yoke” or “to unite”. As a practice, it is a scientific system for achieving total health, mental, and spiritual well-being — a means to unite the body, mind, and spirit. In the United States, the term yoga is often used to mean the postures, or the physical part of yoga; however, these poses, or asana, are only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga.

can beginners attend classes at yoga mindset?

Absolutely, we all start somewhere. We welcome you as you are, providing a space that nurtures and supports you on your yoga journey.

how often should i practice?

Ideally, yoga is meant to be a daily practice. As that is quite overwhelming to a beginner, we recommend you set a goal you can realistically keep. Consistency is the key—it’s far better to attend one class per week without fail than to attend four classes one week, none for the next two weeks, one the next week, etc. The more you practice, the better you will feel, and the more you will want to practice.

i can’t sit still and can’t touch my toes. is yoga for me?

One of the great things about yoga is it brings us all to the same common denominator—we all have the same struggles and worries, and though everyone comes in a different body, each of us has a path to travel to make it a more comfortable place to live. People come to yoga mindset with differing levels of experience, but there is room for everyone. We are ALL learning. Talk to us, and we can point you in the right direction.

what if i can’t do a pose?

Yoga is about baby steps, we must crawl before we can walk and walk before we can run. Ask the instructor for a modification if one is not offered. We stress the non-competitive nature of yoga and invite you to make the practice your own, — honoring your body and doing what is best for you—not forcing yourself into a shape that you aren’t ready for.

is yoga a workout? will i lose weight?

The answer depends on the style of yoga you select, as well as the frequency and intensity with which you practice. Although the focus in yoga is about balance, healing, and reconnecting, a regular practice will not only open your mind and offer you a fresh perspective on your life, but it also will absolutely change your body. While not an intense aerobic workout, it does burn calories as you create long lean muscles and cultivate flexibility and greater range of motion in the joints. Just as important, as you move into an improved state of well-being, you will make choices off the mat that also improve your health.

is yoga a religion?

Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion, though it does have a spiritual component. You do not need to be religious to practice. It has been practiced by individuals of widely differing beliefs and any and all people are welcome at yoga mindset. In order to practice, you only need to believe in the possibility that we can transform ourselves, that there is always more to learn, and that there is a better way to approach life than the old habits that tie us down. At the heart is the openness to see we have not yet tapped into our highest potential as human beings. Yoga seeks to put us in touch with our spiritual core—our innermost nature—that which or who we truly are.

do i need to bring anything?

Although we have yoga mats to loan, you need to have your own mat if you are going to practice yoga. It’s more hygienic, and more importantly, having your own mat will make it much more likely you will unroll it at home. The mats we sell in the studio are eco yoga mats. They are a little more expensive than “regular” mats, but they last longer, are free of toxins, and are completely biodegradable. If you are attending an power or strength class, please bring a hand towel. You might also want to bring water, though we suggest you drink before and after, and not during practice.

why is the room so warm?

We keep the studio between 74 – 80 degrees year-round. This helps aid your muscles and joints, preparing them for your practice. We want to build heat in the body, riding ourselves of anything that does not serve us. we are detoxifing the body.

can i leave during class?

In order to keep disruptions to a minimum, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire class. If for some reason you need to leave early, please let the instructor know in advance. You are, of course, always welcome to enter and exit the studio (quietly) during class to use the restroom.