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Yoga Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Yoga?

The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. It is the union of the mind, body and soul.
2. What are the types of yoga offered at True Yoga

Currently, True Yoga offers more than 35 different types of Yoga, Hot Yoga, Dance and Pilates classes. As a leader in the yoga and wellness industry, True Yoga aims to provide our members with a variety of classes to choose from and we are always on the look-out for new classes to introduce our members, as part of our service offerings.
3. How do I know which yoga classes suits the age group I am in?

To find out which style of yoga will best complement your lifestyle and fitness level, it is best to try out the different types of classes before deciding. The benefits will vary from different types of Yoga and the types of postures that are executed.

Whether you are looking to lose weight, or also for relaxation and de-stressing - experiencing a class firsthand and meeting personally with the instructor will give you a clearer picture of which practice suits you best.
4. Do I need to be flexible in order to practice Yoga?

There are many yoga classes that cater to differing levels of flexibility at True Yoga. From Yoga Therapy to Power Yoga, you will find a type of yoga class that fits your flexibility and fitness levels.

At True Yoga, we believe in developing and building your flexibility at your own pace. What is important is that you keep at it and not give up. During the class, our yoga instructors will be at hand to assist and also propose modified versions to the postures you find difficult.
5. Do I need to lose weight before I can practice Yoga?

Virtually everyone can practice yoga. Yoga will help one to feel more limber and energetic. The end result of practicing yoga includes overall muscle toning. In fact, some forms of yoga such as Vinyasa, Power Yoga or Hot Yoga can even help you to shed some kilos.
6. Can I still practice Yoga during my menstrual period?

Practicing yoga is a great way to prevent and stop menstrual cramps. It relaxes and rejuvenates the mind to take the edge off any mood swings you may experience. Centering and breathing exercises as well as practicing grounding poses are recommended. It is advisable to avoid postures, which require inversions during your menstrual period as it will tax your overall system
7. I am looking at improving, tightening, firming and toning up my muscles; can I achieve this through Yoga?

There are several different styles of yoga being taught and practiced today. To find out which style of yoga will best complement your lifestyle, it is best to try out the different types of classes and consult with the instructor before deciding.

There are 2 yoga classes that we can recommend for what you what to achieve:
  • Core Yoga
    This is a dynamic and energetic form of yoga that helps stimulate the core parts in our body. It will physically and mentally challenge you to connect with your inner power, at the same time aid in healing, detoxify and rousing your body and mind. Core Yoga will focus on your abs, back, hips and pelvis.
     
  • Power Yoga
    Power Yoga consists of a dynamic flow of asanas (postures) combined with powerful breathing exercises that works the body, breathing and mind. You will burn calories through this cardiovascular and yoga workout. Power Yoga also aids in building strength and endurance, resulting in a slimmer, stronger, toner and more flexible body.
8. Can I practice Yoga to lose weight?

Practicing yoga will build strength, but some types of yoga may not raise the heart rate sufficiently. It depends on the type of yoga you select and how frequently you practice it.

For successful weight loss, a healthy diet must be maintained while burning calories through exercises that raise your heart rate on a regular basis. Some examples of Yoga that you can practice are:

  • Power Yoga – This consists of a dynamic flow of asanas (postures) combined with powerful breathing exercises that works the body, breathing and mind. Through this cardiovascular and yoga workout, calories are burnt. In addition, it builds strength and endurance, resulting to a slimmer, stronger, toner and flexible body
  • Hot Yoga – A series of yoga poses and breathing exercises done in a heated room at 37 degrees, Hot Yoga is designed to systematically cleanse every part of the body and to provide a complete mind/body workout. The heated room promotes sweating which helps rid toxins from the body while loosening and stretching the muscles to prevent injuries. Hot Yoga improves circulation, increases metabolism, regulates digestion, strengthens the immune system and burns fat
9. Are there any precautions I should note when practicing Yoga?

One should always take note of any pre-existing medical or physical conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure or old injuries before taking up any form of exercise, including yoga. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, consult your doctor first before embarking on any exercise programme.

  • Before the start of a class, inform the instructor of any existing ailment or medical condition that you may have, for instance, a stiff neck from sleeping awkwardly the night before. This alerts the instructor to pay more attention to you during the class.
  • If you are unable to assume the full posture of a particular yoga move, ask the instructor for a variation to the pose. In general, instructors will highlight the poses to avoid for individuals with certain medical conditions eg. neck, lower back, knee problems.
  • Yoga is not a competition and you should listen to your body. You should be aware of your own bodies and not overstrain themselves while doing yoga.
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