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Frequently Asked Questions

What is yoga?
Yoga is a tradition and science (branch of philosophy) with roots in ancient India that has evolved over the centuries. While it means something different for every person the word “yoga” means, yoke, unite, or join together and is rooted in the art of oneness, or being connected to source. Throughout history, yoga has been split into various “schools” focusing on different aspects of yoga. Like branches is one is connected to the body, or the tree of the Self.

Why should I practice Nataraja Yoga?
We are focused on developing a community of heart centered, compassionate people committed to having a meaningful yogic practice. Nataraja Yoga offers classes, workshops and Teacher Training programs.

How often should I take yoga class?
As often as you like! Because of the nature of yoga you can practice everyday if you like.

What religion is yoga?
Yoga is not a religion at all. It is a science of the breath and movement which brings balance into the body and mind. It develops in you the ability to looking inward for the answers instead of seeking them outside yourself.

Should I eat before class?
It is ideal to practice on an empty stomach, or at least 2-2.5 hours after eating.

What should I wear?
Bring or wear comfortable clothes you can move easily in. Loose stretchy pants work best, with Tank tops or T-shirts. Yoga is practiced barefoot.

What should I bring?
A yoga mat, shawl or light blanket, and an eye covering are recommended. You may also want to bring a meditation pillow. If you have none of these items, come and rent the mat first, and go from there.

What is Nataraja Yoga?
Nataraja Yoga is a modern school of yoga that integrates the more subtle aspects of kundalini and tantra yoga with classical hatha asanas. In this way it balances the nervous and glandular systems. You’ll chant, do physical postures (asana) and meditate to heal mentally, physically, and spiritually. Through this process you’ll experience higher levels of consciousness.

Why do we chant?
Chanting is not religion specific. Most yogic chants are in Sanskrit an ancient language of the yogis. Although chants are used from other languages. The shape of the mouth and placement of the tongue as the words are spoken actually stimulate pressure points in the mouth, this creates a meditative state of mind by shifting energy in your brain.

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