Q: What does Meta mean?
A: Meta (or Metta) is a Sanskrit word meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, benevolence, community, expansion and growth. It is the process of the process. Meta is also a Greek prefix meaning to go beyond or to cause change.
Yoga practiced in this manner is about befriending your body and becoming your own best friend. Meta (Metta) Yoga is the yoga of awareness, a powerful combination of asana, meditation, breath awareness, and intuitive healing. It is yin (stillness) and yang (movement) yoga, blending softness and strength. You will be encouraged to compassionately explore your edge as you grow your practice, strengthen your body, expand your heart, and free your mind. You will be challenged and supported, but most importantly, reminded to bring your full attention to your body and to your breath, ending class with pranayama and mindfulness meditation.
Q: Do I have to be a member to attend or can I just drop into a class one time?
A: You CAN drop in for ANY class at our studio. We cater to visitors and locals alike. If you come more often consider purchasing a week pass, punch pass, monthly membership or annual pass.
Q: What is Yoga?
A: There are many interpretations of Yoga. The word yoga means Union- to yoke, to come together, to join of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. There are many styles of yoga, but the thread that weaves these styles together is the roots of yoga stemming from an ancient Hindu science of the body and mind. This ancient Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation. Although many people think of yoga only as physical exercises — the asanas or postures that have gained widespread popularity in recent decades — these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. Yoga is a simple process of reversing the ordinary outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind becomes a dynamic center of direct perception no longer dependent upon the fallible senses but capable of actually experiencing Truth.
Q: Is Yoga a religion?
A: Yoga is not a religion; it is a philosophy that began in India approximately 5,000 years ago. It is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga. We honor and celebrate the diversity of our students. Studying the yoga scriptures may be something that enhances your understanding and enjoyment of yoga, but it is not necessary. We encourage you to commit to your daily practice, strive to be “present” while in class, and discover where it leads you. ”When yoga is understood in its totality, it is not a religion; it is a practical and comprehensive science of realizing life’s ultimate aims,” Rod Styker.
Q: What if I don’t care about the spiritual aspects and just want a good workout?
A: We have a variety of classes and teachers to fit all area of interest.
Q: Do I have to be in good shape to practice yoga?
A: No, come to yoga as you are now and grow from there. Yoga is about the honoring and accepting exactly the space you are in at present and helping to support your exploration for further growth and development with whatever your personal goals are.
Q: What if I don’t know the poses?
A: That is just fine, we don’t expect you to know. If you are a beginner to yoga, choose classes that are slower paced to get to know the poses and the sequencing. We also offer periodic beginner class throughout each month. Check the regular class schedule as well as the workshop calendar. If you are brand new to yoga, let your instructor know you are new.
Q: Do I need to be flexible?
A: No, you do not need to be flexible. In fact, everyone who practices yoga is working on something and a yoga class is the best place to be if you have discovered your flexibility is lacking. You should always listen to your body and in doing this you will discover what your limits are while making personal physical goals to increase flexibility, strength, stamina and muscle balance.
Q: What is Namaste?
A: Namaste is a greeting or parting saying meaning that we acknowledge the greatness in each other and that we are all connected. Namaste means “The divine light in me acknowledges and honors the divine light in you.”