Tree Pose

Yoga can be anything you wish it to be, and you will get as much out of it as you put into it. Ask yourself before each class; what am I looking to gain from my practice today?? Setting your goals and intentions are two very different things, and they can sometimes be confused with each other.

Goal making is a valuable skill, which involves envisioning a future outcome in the world or in your behavior. Then comes planning, applying discipline, and working hard to achieve them. Goals help provide direction for your life, but are you really concerned with what is happening to you in the present moment?

Setting an intention, at least according to Buddhist teachings, is quite different than goal making. It’s not oriented toward a future outcome. Instead, it is a path or practice that is focused on how you are “being” in the present moment. Your attention is on the ever-present “now” in the constantly changing flow of life. You set your intentions based on understanding what matters most to you, and make a commitment to align your worldly actions with your inner values.

As you gain insight through yoga practice, self-reflection, and moral living, your ability to act from your intentions blossoms. It is called a practice because it is an ever-renewing process. You don’t just set your intentions and then forget about them; you live them every day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Yoga? Yoga is both a philosophical system and a physical science whose goal is the attainment of self-awareness. With the asana practice we offer here at Just Breathe {yoga}, we aim to deepen your Self understanding through physical movement, breathing, and meditation.

What if I’m not flexible? Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but acknowledging your self-awareness. Flexibility will come with consistent practice and using the breath to deepen into the pose. All that matters is that you try the right way, enjoy and acknowledge the sensations, and you will benefit 100% every time.

What do I need to do to prepare for a class? You should wear comfortable workout clothing that you can sweat and move in. Come in on an empty stomach, and please drink plenty of fluids before class. Bring a mat, bottle of water, and towel if you tend to sweat a lot. Just Breathe {yoga} rents mats and towels, and sells water if you forget to bring your own. Please try to come in ten to twenty minutes before class begins. Yoga is a process. Be consistent in your practice. Be patient and compassionate with yourself.

Is it safe to do yoga if I have an injury or medical condition? Yoga is an excellent way to support the body in its healing process. However, you will want to inform your doctor or health care provider before beginning your practice. Be sure to let your teacher know what is going on so they can modify your practice if needed, and always listen to your body.

I just found out I am pregnant, should I do yoga? Yoga is the perfect and most gentle way to support your body and the newly forming body of your child. There are some precautions however. Please talk with your doctor or health care provider about continuing your practice, and inform your instructor before class begins. We also offer Prenatal Yoga classes.

What are the benefits of Yoga?

  • Brings balance and harmony to the body, mind, and spirit
  • Helps with improving strength, flexibility, range of motion, and balance
  • Calms the mind, reduces stress and anxiety
  • Replenishes energy
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases stamina
  • Strengthens and tones muscles
  • Helps to detoxify the body
  • Improves functionalitity of internal organs
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Increases metabolism and energy
  • Can help reduce depression, stress, and insomnia
  • Slows the aging process