What To Expect
Yoga is a system for restoring balance to the body, mind and spirit. By working with the body and the breath in a series of postures, also called asanas, yoga enables you to release muscle tension, gain flexibility and strength, and quiet the mind. yoga is non-competitive—you work with yourself as you are. No matter your age or physical fitness level, practicing yoga will leave you feeling energetic and full of life with a peaceful and balanced state of mind.
The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "yug" or yoke. It means "union." Yoga union is first created between body and breath, then breath and mind, and finally between mind and spirit. Practicing asana brings union between the body and breath and lays the foundation necessary to develop the deeper levels of union.
Classical Hatha Yoga, incorporates all components of yoga science and philosophy. Asana is just one aspect. Breathing practices are also an essential part of practice. Classical Hatha Yoga also includes healthy living, contemplation, and meditation.
We think yoga is for regular people and that means that you don't need to be a human pretzel to feel comfortable at East Eagle Yoga. In an effort to put you at ease the very first time you visit, here are some things that you might like to know:
* Refrain from eating a heavy meal a few hours before class, eat little or nothing the hour before your yoga class.
* Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes that do not restrict your movement.
* If you have a yoga mat, you can bring it. If you don't, there are plenty to borrow at the studio (at no charge).
* You are welcome to bring water as well, though if you are well hydrated you may not need it during class.
*Street parking is available on Eagle Road (with meters during operating hours), on side streets (without meters), and in the public parking lot located on Darby Road, just west of the intersection of Darby and Eagle Roads (pay at kiosk during operating hours).
* You may enter through either the front or back door. Please wait until the previous class has ended before entering.
* Please remove your shoes and turn off your cell phone when you come in.
* Let the instructor know if it's your first class at East Eagle Yoga. You'll need to fill out a new student form and sign a liability waiver.
* You are welcome to come to the class that best suits you, but please listen to your body before listening to the instructor's directions. You should make healthy accommodations for yourself during class.
* Our classes are accompanied by music.
* We do not often use props, believing that your body's expression of the pose without props is preferable.
* As much as you might want to leave your socks on, we highly recommend that you take them off. Your connection and grip will be so much better without them.
* Each class ends with at least a few minutes of meditation practice.
* Class often closes with the teacher saying "Namaste" and the class repeating it back. Namaste can serve as a greeting or statement of connection. We intend our students to understand: "I honor the spirit in you that is also in me."