Frequently Asked Questions
Some common questions and yogic terms:
What is Hot Yoga
Hot Yoga is a sequence of yoga postures performed in a heated room. The room is usually maintained at a temperature of 38 degrees. The purpose is to stimulate perspiration which helps eliminate toxins from the body. Because it is a warm environment, it allows the muscles to stretch more easily.
What is the meaning of yoga?
Commonly translated, yoga is a union of the body, mind and spirit. It is the union of prana (upward flow of energy) with apana (downward flow of energy). In using the word union, what is truly meant is unification of dueling energies or opposites, creating balance in both mind and body.
Who can practice yoga?
Yoga has benefits for everyone! Inner Focus Yoga has classes specifically designed to meet the needs of the entire community. We offer a wide variety of yoga styles to suit everyone.
What is asana?
The Sanskrit meaning is posture held in stillness, both mentally and physically and yet conscious of the subtle shifts that arise during this practice. Asana is used to strengthen and heal the physical body. It takes practice and dedication to cultivate calmness, concentration and lightness.
What is a Chakra?
The Sanskrit word translates as “wheel” and represents the psycho-spiritual junctions and pathways in the body. Although there are said to be over 1000 energy centers in the body they have been broken down to seven main energy centers aligned with the spinal column.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.
It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.
What is mantra and how is it used?
Mantra has been used for thousands of years. The vibration created emanates and stimulates energy in the body. A mantra is like an affirmation and can be used in many ways. The most common mantra used is of course OM.
What does Om mean?
Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is considered to be the primordial sound and vibration of all things.
Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us; that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates (spanda), creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om. All Vedic mantras start with OM. It is written and pronounced by some as ‘AUM’ with the letters “A” & “U” becoming an “O” as in ‘tone’. Chanting Om allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves, the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.
What does Namaste mean?
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” The word Namaste us usually shared as a gesture to translate as “everything good in me, recognizes and acknowledges everything good in you”
Practitioners of hot yoga believe the heat combined with the yoga has the following benefits:
- Allows ligaments, tendons and muscles to stretch more easily.
- Rapidly releases toxins from the body.
- Enhances and improves the body’s flexibility and range of motion.
- Promotes weight loss. The body burns fat more successfully.
- Develops and improves muscle tone.
- Strengthens the immune system. The increased temperature in the room will help in improving T-cell function and the proper functioning of your immune system, thereby helping to fight off infection.
- Reduces symptoms of certain chronic conditions such as arthritis and circulatory dysfunction. It helps relax the joints so it great for helping to alleviate joint pain and back pain.
- Helps promote a sense of well being and a more serene mind.
- Increased ability to focus
- Relieves tension and tightness in the neck and shoulder area which helps reduce headaches.
- Improves the digestion process as the result of an increased metabolism.
- Improved cardiovascular system.
- Promotes better sleep.
- Ensures a healthy and balanced functioning of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous, digestive, elimination, respiratory, endocrine, and mental systems of the body