What to expect

We will begin at your pace. Most of my classes begin with teaching you the basics of breathing and then adding in movement to your needs one on one.


I’m Not Flexible! Can I Do Yoga?

Yes! You are a perfect candidate for my customized approach to yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be good in the kitchen before taking cooking classes. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. We will go at the comfort of your own pace.

This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced circulation and cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.


What to bring?

I will bring all clean props and a yoga mat for you. Feel free to use your own yoga mat if you have one.


Is it OK to eat before class?

I recommend not eating a full meal 2 hours before class. We will be doing light twists and turns and bending your stomach, so you may be uncomfortable if your belly is full.  If you want a light snack like fruit, yogurt, nuts, juice or a snack bar, it will be ok. Listen to your body. Be sure to hydrate before and after.


Wear comfortable clothes that are not baggy.  Start with a t-shirt or supportive tank, paired with shorts or leggings.  
Form-fitting outfits are best, so that Seema will be able to see your postures and help you with alignment. 
Males should wear a form fitted undergarment with shorts
No footwear is needed: yoga is practiced barefoot.

What do I wear?


Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the rhythm of our breath to the movement of the body and bring clarity to the mind. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to become more self aware without judgment. We move at a slower pace, so we that we can tap into what areas we can improve in our bodies. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.

How is Yoga DIFFERENT FROM Stretching OR OTHER KINDS OF FITNESS?


This practice is open to all people and all abilities.  Please let Seema know before class starts of your special needs.  I will gladly work within your range of movements and assist your practice and health to new heights.   That said, yoga may not be appropriate for certain acute injuries or illnesses.  If you are not sure about your, ask your doctor. A personalized private lesson will help you develop confidence and learn yoga that fits your needs.
 
Please note that if you are ill with a cold or flu, it is best to avoid a practice at that time.  While I can offer you a sequence if you are recovering from illness, it is best to not attend class when you may be contagious.

 

What if I have special concerns or physical problems?