info for beginners

New to yoga? No problem…

what class should I start with?

That depends! (you knew we’d say that). We suggest reading the class descriptions page to try to identify a style that fits your abilities the best. That said, a gentler-moving class is always a great place to start. For the adventurous type, feel free to try ANY class on the schedule. The Seva team of instructors is always ready and happy to welcome a new Yogi into the fold.

is yoga a religion?

Yoga and the practice of asana is not a religion and does not affilliate with any religion. However you may in fact find a sense of spirituality in the practice as you develop a better sense of connection to your own self. Everyone at Seva is practicing in their own way and with their own unique intentions.

can yoga help with my ____?

Yoga is a great form of therapy to help you recover from a wide range of aches and pains. Always be sure to let your teacher know of any problems you’re having so that we can help you and be an active role in your process. For more serious therapeutic issues we would suggest a private session so the instructor can work with you more closely. And as always, if you have any doubts we suggest you contact your physician to make sure yoga won’t exacerbate any issues you’re experiencing.

do i need to bring anything?

We sometimes use in-class props which are provided by the studio during class, and the instructor will guide you as to how to use them. We also offer rental mats if you don’t have one, and when you’re ready to buy your own mat or props for home, we have those for sale too! It is a good idea to come to class well-hydrated, and for some of the more vigorous classes you may also wish to bring a hand towel.

when should i start?

You can start on any day, in any class. Check the schedule for the next class offering that fits your schedule and needs. Come on over!

what is a chakra?

The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk.  In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head.  To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet.  This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.

what is pranayama?

Pranayama is control of Breath. “Prana” is Breath or vital energy in the body.  On subtle levels prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and “ayama” means control. So Pranayama is “Control of Breath”.

what is asana?

Asana is yoga pose or posture or position of the body. Patanjali in ashtanga yoga defines asanas as Steady and Comfortable pose.

what does seva mean?

“Seva” is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment.  In ancient India seva was believed to help one’s spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community.

general etiquette:
– arrive 10 minutes before class
– refrain from eating 2 hours prior to class
– discuss injuries or if you are pregnant with instructor
– turn off pager and or cell phones before class
– do not wear strong perfumes or lotions to class

any additional questions? email us!