FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Quest: What are the benefits of doing yoga?
Ans: There are countless benefits of yoga, but I am going to state a few to give you a sense of the main holistic benefits of yoga. Yoga enhances your performance and skills in the daily life activities. It is beneficial in the management of diabetes, respiratory disorders, hypertension, hypotension and many lifestyle related disorders. Yoga helps to reduce depression, fatigue, anxiety disorders and stress, it regulates menopausal symptoms among other things.
Quest: How fit does one need to be to practice yoga?
Ans: Asans (physical posture) and Pranayam (breathing exercise) are practiced constantly to remain fit, not the other way around. You can be any size with any level of endurance and flexibility to start practicing yoga.
Quest: Which yoga style do you teach?
Ans: We teach the holistic tree of yoga which is made up of 4 main branches of yoga, that being:
- Raj Yoga, which is made up of Hatha Yoga (asan/physical posture), Pranayam (breathing exercise) and Dhyan (meditation),
- Karma Yoga (the discipline of selfless action as a way to perfection),
- Bhakti Yoga (a path to self-realisation, to reaching a sense of oneness with everything),
- Gyan/Jnan Yoga (knowledge based theory of yoga).
Quest: Which level of yoga do you teach? I am a beginner and I am not sure I will keep up.
Ans: We teach all levels of yoga be it beginner, intermediate or advanced and even the teacher training programmes, you just need to have a passion for your own individual growth and well being, and we can create a customised program for your specific needs. Anyone and everyone is welcomed to be a part of our ever growing family.
Quest: Why should one choose yoga over other fitness activities?
Ans: Yoga is the best thing a person can take up for a million reasons, in this particular context, unlike other physical activities, not only does yoga work on the muscular system, but it also enhances and improves the nervous system along with the nadi system (life energy carrying vessels). Besides that, it has countless benefits and can be done by a person of any ability or disability or of any age, size and gender.
Quest: Do I have to be on a special vegetarian diet to practice yoga?
Ans: It is recommended by all great yogic texts to have a vegetarian diet while you practice and indulge in yoga, but it is not obligatory. If you have certain specific needs the diet can always be customised and personalised to match your needs. Particularly for that we created a special nutrition section on our website.
Quest: How many times per week shall one practice yoga to achieve best results?
Ans: This totally depends upon the practitioner, however a minimum of 3-4 yoga sessions per week are recommended to have effective and desired results. For specific people the duration can be anywhere between 60-180 minutes depending upon their necessity.
Quest: If I have some health issues, will yoga be able to help me? Are there any risks?
Ans: Yoga is for anyone and everyone. It is advisable to do yoga incase of any health issues be it physical or mental. Even the country’s leading doctors send us their patients and in many cases we have not only managed to completely stop the growth of an illness but successfully reversed and repaired the problem with precise, affective and positive results. Whatever health problem one has he only needs to be open about to to his teacher in order to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Quest: Will practicing yoga help with the stress relief?
Ans: Yoga is the best stress buster in the world. It not only has an immediate effect on physical health, but also has a deep and long lasting positive effect on mental health. In a fast paced modern life full of stress, distractions, tension and work load we recommend yoga as a must go to doctrine for every human.
Quest: I'd like to bring yoga to my workplace. Do you offer such service?
Ans: In a world full of stress and competition and never ending work, yoga is the best therapy to indulge in by any professional from any background. It helps you improve concentration, enhance performances, keeps you fit and healthy and helps you bring in the desired results at work and at home. We have customised corporate yoga classes created specifically for the professional-on-go, who has little or no time to take care of his/her health.
Quest: Are there any side-effects of doing yoga?
Ans: Happiness, tranquility, peace, being grateful, balanced life and good health are some of the major side effects of yoga. Just kidding, in the context you are thinking, there are absolutely no side effects of doing yoga, anyone and everyone can indulge in it, and the best part is you only need a very small space to do so and can be done almost anywhere. Yoga is the cure to all your physical, mental and spiritual problems.
Quest: What is the minimum and the maximum age to start practicing yoga?
Ans: Yoga can be done by anyone at all, however for children below the age of 15 there are some specific asans (physical postures), which are not recommended, as the spine is still in developmental stage and for people above the age of 60 should be dealt with extra care, as the body is in decline and they shouldn’t be made to do hard asans (physical postures). However having said that, a specific yoga program can be created for anyone of any age.
Quest: Does practicing yoga help with insomnia?
Ans: Yoga is a wonder medicine for curing insomnia, it helps you get into a sleep pattern along with providing you a night full of sound sleep.
Quest: When and what to eat before a yoga class?
Ans: Ancient Yogic text recommends that one should not consume any food 3 hours before you start with your practice of Hatha Yoga (physical posture), Pranayam (breathing exercise) and Dhyan (meditation). However basic highly nutritional food items like fig, almond, walnut among others, each not amounting more than 4 pieces each can be consumed 60 minutes prior to this after soaking them in water overnight.
Quest: What is the meaning of Asana?
Ans: Asana is essentially a Sanskrit word which means to be seated. In yogic text asana refers both to the place in which a practitioner (yogi if male, yogini if female) sits and the posture in which he or she sits. The yogic text also defines asana as "to be seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed". Through asana practice the body is maintained in a healthy, clean and pure state.
Quest: What if I am not that flexible or I cannot get an Asana right?
Ans: The first thing you should do is not to worry about anything. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, but if you do yoga, we guarantee, that you will become flexible with your mind as well, as with your body. To be honest, no one gets things right during first few weeks/months, it’s just impossible, but don’t let that hold you back either. Everyone starts at the same level and develops their flexibility, strength, stamina according to the practice and effort they put in. We have seen the most rigid beginners perform the most flexible postures after dedicating their time and effort to this beautiful doctrine of yoga.
Quest: I am quite overweight/anxious/depressed can I still practice yoga?
Ans: If you are dealing with any of those issues in life we recommend you to start yoga as soon as possible. Yoga can help you overcome these obstacles with time and provide you with permanent solutions. The beauty of yoga is that no matter what problem is obstructing your path in life, it can help you overcome it.
Quest: What about alcohol? Is it ok to mix my practice and have my daily dose of beer and whiskey?
Ans: Actually there is nothing to argue about when it comes to yoga, the rules observation guidance are simple and stated as clearly as it could be (thank god), it asks the yoga practitioner to follow a sattvic vegetarian diet and asks them not to consume any types of drugs or alcohol. Now why it says no to Rajasic food such as alcohol or drugs is because it is an obstacle in calming your mind and reaching meditative states, therefore it’s not recommended. Tamasic food such as meat or stale food and nowadays also interpreted as highly processed food should be avoided altogether as a major obstacle in spiritual progress as it keeps you in the state of avidya or ignorance.