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WHAT IS YOGA?
It is usually defined as Union. The term yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "yug" which means  to yoke or bind together. Yoga is Enlightenment. Yoga is the experience of bliss that lies beyond the veil of thought. A comprehensive yoga practice uses the mind (meditation), the body (posture or asana), and the spirit (Bhakti) to shed the layers that stand between us and our Hearts - where knowledge and truth transform into wisdom and happiness. We don't
do yoga. Yoga is the goal. We do practices that may lead to yoga.


IS YOGA A RELIGION?
No. But the practice of yoga is a system that enhances the spiritual essence of all faiths. Practitioners come from many varied beliefs and all walks of life. We advocate and practice inter-faith tolerance.


WHY DO WE CHANT?
Anytime we want to be inspired, whether we are at a sporting event, religious services, a rock concert, or need to clean our house, some type of singing is involved. The singing helps us to transcend the mundane and tap into our vibrating nature.


HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK SHOULD I TAKE CLASS?
If you practice daily, a few times a day, you quickly get over all the soreness and fatigue that lingers with a casual practice. The the sky is the limit. We advocate a daily practice, but patience is paramount. A minimum of 5 classes a week is a realistic goal.


CAN I EAT BEFORE CLASS?
A full stomach can make class unnecessarily uncomfortable. Most yoga masters recommend refraining from food at least 2 hours before class.


DO I HAVE TO BE YOUNG TO PRACTICE YOGA?
No! Yoga opposes no age group and no one. Of course, flexibility and strength changes over time. With patience and consistent practice, everyone's health and well-being improves, as does the proficiency in the postures that is right for you.


WHAT IF I CAN'T DO EVERY POSTURE?
There is no requirement and no one's keeping score. Your most important tool is your breath. If you find your breath has become rushed, overly exhaustive, or you lost it altogether, pause a moment and take your time, watch the other students. Besides, no one can do every posture!




I CAN'T TOUCH MY TOES!!!
Again, not a requirement. Your mind must be flexible before your body is! Don't worry, you'll get there we promise.



DO I HAVE TO BE A VEGETARIAN TO PRACTICE YOGA?
The foundation of a strong, life transforming practice is Ahimsa, non-violence. A diet free of animal products is such a practice and greatly reduces mass suffering - but everybody is doing the best they can. No one can force a food decision on you. With information and observing how various foods make you feel when you practice, you are then able to make an educated decision based on what is best for you.


YOGIC RULES OF CONDUCT:
Do not harm
Do not lie
Do not steal
Be modest
Do not be greedy
Be clean in thought, word, and deed
Be content
Work hard, be disciplined
Study
Dedicate your efforts to the Divine

JIVAMUKTI YOGA CHARLESTON

 
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