No matter your experience level — you are welcome.
DEFINITION OF YOGA - The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root yuj. which means "to join" or "to yoke."
Yoga is a practicial aid, not a religion. Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with their environment. This is a simple definition.
Classes are on a rotating schedule. CLICK HERE to see what we are currently offering.
These classes offer the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga, including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing poses and core strengthening. Emphasis placed on moving with the breath and into and out of postures safely and with correct alignment. Beginners and students looking to work on basics are welcome. Classes are taught by Tina Graham, who uses meditative opportunities throughout the class. Essential oils and reiki healing energy are used in the relaxation pose at the end of class.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced, deep practice that involves spending at least a few minutes in each pose. Often props are used to help. This style of yoga can be very calming for some. However, for some people, staying in a pose for so long can still be deceptively challenging. As Yin doesn’t involve the same concentration levels as faster styles of yoga, it can leave the mind open to distraction. Many people find Yin helps cultivate inner peace and can especially help before bedtime to aid a good night’s sleep.
Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation, a method of Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) that allows you to scan the body and tap into a state of relaxed consciousness as the mind settles in a place between wakefulness and sleep.
New to Yoga?
Here are some basic facts to help you feel confident:
The Inner Light Yoga Studio Environment
We are located inside Raymond Chiropractic Clinic.
We believe in a positive, supportive environment. We want you to have an amazing experience every time you walk through our doors.
You will be encouraged to maximize the alignment in your postures; coached to reap the rewards of good deep breathing; coaxed to find ‘new places’ in your practice.
This is done extremely positively – no ‘drills’, shouting, no “No, no, no that’s wrong”.
We want our studio to be a sanctuary for you. A place that you cannot wait to come to. A place where you can be “You”.
Before coming to class
Take all of the pressure off of yourself by having no expectations other than enjoying the decision you have made to come to class.
Brand new students will gain the most by arriving a few minutes early to sign in, asking questions, reading this information and relaxing before class begins.
Make sure you drink plenty of water before (and after class).
It is best to minimize eating before class to light meals about 2-3 hours before yoga.
How to sign up
$10 per class, punch cards available - use 9 classes, the 10th one is free.
Space is limited so please call 603-819-9078, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to hold your place.
If the class is full, we have a wait list
What to bring
Your own yoga mat.
Yoga mats are available for to rent at the studio.
We have towels designed to fit your mat for purchase at our studios, and many of our studios also rent these towels.
Feel free to bring face towels or towels designed to fit your during class.
A water bottle / sports bottle. If you would prefer, you can buy water at the studio.
We offer an extra layer of matting to place your own yoga mat on, and offer blocks, bolsters and blankets.
Women: wear what you feel comfortable in. Some women wear gym gear, yoga clothes or even shorts and a tee-shirt.
Men: workout pants or shorts are fine.
If you feel you can't do something in class
If you are too tired or just need to take a break, then take a break. No big deal. It can take a few classes to get the hang of it.
Just breathe calmly. The nervous system responds to our breath. Breathing through the nose helps keep the nervous system calm.
Feel free to stop and rest or lie down on your mat anytime.
This is a yoga class, not a competition!
Everyone’s ability in each posture will be different. You are guaranteed to reap the benefits of yoga by doing the best you can in each posture; respond to the instructions, concentrate on alignment and work to your level.
Stay in the yoga room for the final relaxation pose (savasana) to warm down and allow your breathing and heart rate to return to normal. This helps to integrate all the great work you have completed in the last 60, 75 or 90 mins. Don’t worry, the teacher will let you know when class is officially over.
We have a large bathroom to change in or use for your convenience upstairs in the Raymond Chiropractic office, as well as a comfortable seating area. Please take your time leaving after class, we LOVE to have clients hang around and visit after class.
We always have a time for students to cool down after class. Time to mingle, pick up tips, meet new yogi friends – or just enjoy the rush of endorphins through your body!
The next day, few days
You might notice changes in your flexibility, ability to stretch out necks, arms, legs – and your whole attitude will just seem to lighten up several notches.
Remember, this is your journey, no one else’s – and if this is your first class, the postures may seem strange, stick with it.
Namaste, (“Sanskrit for “The divine (or light) within me recognizes and honors the divine (or light) within you” )