Frequently Asked Questions

Is yoga just stretching?

Yoga involves stretching your muscles, it is a whole different thing than the few warm-up stretches you might do at the fitness club. Let’s look at a few of the ways yoga is different: Yoga places emphasis on alignment, meaning that how you are touching your toes is more important than whether you can actually touch them or not. Most yoga poses are not stretching an isolated area, but rather involve the whole body in both stretching and strengthening.

Can beginners attend Yoga classes?

Our Yoga classes are suitable for beginners. However this will depend on the age of the beginner, their fitness level, and whether they have any physical injuries or weaknesses. If you are above 40 years old, or if you are very unfit or with back, neck or knee weaknesses or injuries, you should notify the techer in advance.

Will doing Yoga make me sore?

It is common to experience sore muscles after doing yoga, especially if you are just starting out or practice infrequently. Muscle soreness usually occurs a day or two after exercising, which differentiates it from the sudden and immediate pain you would feel from pulling a muscle . Yoga can cause soreness, even if you are in good physical shape, because it encourages you to use muscles that are otherwise neglected. A hot bath can help relieve soreness. Sometimes it feels good to do some light stretching. If you continue to do yoga regularly, you will likely discover you experience less soreness.

Will doing Yoga help me lose weight?

Practicing Shivam Yoga will build strength and raise your heart rate to make you lose weight. In order to lose weight, you must eat healthily and burn calories by doing exercise that raises your heart rate on a regular basis. If you plan to make yoga your primary form of exercise, you must do a yoga class at least three times a week in order to reach your weight loss goals. Many people also combine yoga with running or walking that will give you more cardiovascular workout.

Can Yoga improve my sex life?

If your sex life is a little lackluster of late, doing yoga regularly may be just the thing to bring some new energy to the bedroom (or wherever). Yoga can improve your sex life on two levels: mental and physical. Yoga counteracts stress, fatigue, and poor self-image, all of which can suppress your libido. You’ll also benefit from increasing your physical fitness, particularly strength, flexibility, and muscle control.

How often should i practice yoga?

Practicing yoga on a regular, if not daily, basis, gathers immeasurable benefits. However, if you cannot perform an hour a day, because you simply do not have the time, I recommend choosing the time frame you can realistically commit to each day, even if it is just five minutes. It is much better to do this than to exercise for two hours twice a week. Experts say build a routine and you are more likely to stick to it. After a while, missing a practice begins to feel like neglecting to brush your teeth or shower daily. It just does not feel right if you do not do it. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.

What should i wear, what to bring to class?

Clothing: Comfortable, breathable clothes are recommended for yoga. You probably want to wear a shirt that is a little bit form-fitting, since in many yoga poses, your head comes below your hips and your shirt can slide down. Any exercise pants or shorts will do, although it’s best not to have super slick lycra-type pants since this may cause you to slip in some poses.
Shoes: Yoga is done barefoot. It is requested that you leave your shoes near the entrance.
Mats: In the studios, it’s common to use a yoga mat. The mat creates traction for your hands and feet so you don’t slip, especially as you get a little sweaty. The mat also provides a bit of cushioning on a hard floor. There are mats available in yoga classes to use free of charge.

Can men do Yoga?

Yes men obviously can do yoga. Until very recently, in fact, yoga was practiced exclusively by men. But many men are concerned that they will not be welcome in a yoga class or that they are not flexible enough to try yoga. This is a basic misunderstanding: yoga will improve your flexibility, but you do not need to be flexible to do it. Since yoga has been practiced by men for so long, many of the poses actually make more sense for a man’s body and some require a lot of upper body strength, which women often lack at first. For inspiration, The most influential contemporary teachers(B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Bikram Choudhury, Rodney Yee, and Baron Baptiste). Moreover not only have female celebrities like Madonna embraced the practice, but so have major male athletes such as Evander Holyfield and the entire list of the L.A. Lakers.

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