FAQ's for Navigating Your Yoga
- Blue Ridge Yoga is an adult oriented atmosphere; therefore we do not allow children under the age of 14 years into the studio. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent at all times. Please contact the BRY for further information.
- Students under 18 must have an adult accompany them to the studio for their first class and are admitted at the discretion of Blue Ridge Yoga.
- All class passes and memberships are not transferable and non-refundable. Please respect our policies. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Checks. We cannot accept credit purchases for under $10.
- We are not responsible for your valuables.
- All students must sign a waiver and are admitted at the discretion of Blue Ridge Yoga.
- The Studio closes up to 4 week a year for major holidays, select events and for routine maintenance and studio upgrades.
- Schedule and prices subject to change without notice.
- Please arrive 20 mins before your first class to sign in.
Yoga has made the biggest impact on my health. I have always exercised — step aerobics, always belonged to a health club, etc — but thought at 82 I was too old to try yoga. Jessica convinced me to try it and I have felt better in the last 3 months. My back problems are a thing of the past. Restorative yoga with Jessica is marvelous and I never thought I would quiet my mind enough to let go but it is a wonderful, peaceful feeling to be able to let go of the tension and find total peace. That is a totally new experience for me. Since starting yoga I have almost cured my insomnia and I have only taken a sleeping pill once. I have slept better than I have in a long time. I can't thank Jessica enough for opening this studio. I am just 2/10 of a mile down Grigsby Chapel so I can be here in 5 minutes. It has been the best thing I have ever tried. I even do it at home on the days I can't make it to the studio.- Mary Ann L.
What does Yoga Mean?
Deriving from ancient Sanskrit – yoga comes from the word “yuj” – “to unite.” A yoga practice is used to unite or connect our body, breath, heart and mind. For whatever individual reason you come to practice yoga, we believe the core philosophy of yoga is learning to connect with our inner selves and live life with an intention. In the words of the Yoga Sutras, “Yoga is the ability to direct the mind without distraction or interruption.”
What are the benefits of practicing yoga & meditation?
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Increase flexibility and strength
- Aid in weight loss and toning
- Alleviates high blood pressure (please consult a physician before beginning a course)
- Increase focus and concentration
- Improves balance and circulation
- Develop techniques for calming and quieting the mind and body
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Why is there so much emphasis on the breath?
The purpose of yoga is to connect with ourselves and be present in the moment. To do so we must first train our minds by giving ourselves an intention or focus. By being aware of the breath, we are able to turn our minds away from external distraction and bring about clarity through turning our awareness inward.
When we lengthen the breath-cycle , both inhales and exhales – it allows our sympathetic nervous system to relax by introducing more oxygen into our blood streams. This nervous system – responsible for our “flight or fight” response – is always partially activated whenever we are awake. By oxygenating our blood and focusing on the breath, we are trying to stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system – responsible for “rest and digest” – and restore the body to homeostasis. Think of it this way – whenever our blood pressure is elevated due to stress or fear, our first inclination to calm ourselves is always to breathe, it’s our natural way of relaxing.
*Unless told otherwise, breathe through your nose. In through the nose; out through the nose.
How is Yoga Different than "working out"?
In regular sports and workout programs, we are trained to push ourselves and bodies to the limit in order to achieve results. The purpose of yoga is to silence the voices of negativity, “I’m not strong enough, fast enough, skinny enough,” into voices of acceptance. Beating ourselves up mentally is the antithesis of yoga practice – yoga seeks to help us transcend our challenges instead of being hindered by them. The principals and practice of yoga help us to learn about ourselves and our physical & mental attributes, then in turn, helps us to carry that compassion and awareness off our mat and into our daily lives.
Our goal in class is acceptance; who you are, where you are, and practicing more contentment with what is. We explore all the areas of our body and its connection to our mind. There is no winning, there is no losing, there is only mindfulness and the offering to yourself to be your best, rather than trying to be the best. There is such a difference between self-awareness and self-critique – contentment is the ability to acknowledge our self-judgments, be thankful for them, and then let them go.
Our two guiding principles to think about in your practice are sukha and sthira:
Sukha means lightness, ease & comfort.
Sthira means steadiness and alertness.
The search for both of these qualities within our practice, and in each shape is the key to contentment.
Want to learn more about the practice? Explore a workshop!
Blue Ridge Yoga is my happy place to come when the workday is not so happy. I go back to work with more energy and a huge smile on my face. Jessica, Randy, and Val are teachers AND friends that I miss if I am unable to come to class. BRY and Jess you cannot move abroad!- Amy H.
I'm new to yoga, how do I get started?
At Blue Ridge Yoga, we recommend starting with our Blue Ridge Basics class for a solid introduction to the fundamentals of yoga, including basic poses and breath cycle. Our teachers and front desk staff are here to help you find the classes that are the best fit for you!! We can make recommendations based on your comfort and ability level. It is never too late to start your yoga practice!
Can I do yoga if I'm injured?
Yoga can be a great aid for recovery but needs to be managed by a physician and addressed with caution – consult your physician before beginning any practice – Blue Ridge Yoga is not responsible or liable for injuries and you must sign a disclosure form before beginning practice within our community.
Why do we lay down at the end of class?
Every yoga class is brought to a close through “savasana” or “corpse pose.” Savasana provides us with the opportunity to practice ultimate surrender and process the benefits of your practice. It is not a “yoga nap,” nor a time to focus on your next meeting or analyze the events of the day; it is a time for you to be a rest with the body and the mind. We practice this pose to rejuvenate ourselves through the gift of non-doing – it’s very restful…even more than naps! ☺
What Does "Namaste" mean?
There are many different translations of Namaste, but we think of it as recognition of oneness, “I bow to the light in you, that is the same light in me.”