New to yoga

Welcome

Hello! Welcome to yoga, a practice that helps you de-stress, breathe, and work out the body. Any body can do yoga, some poses come easier for others due to the way their body is designed or through practice. Don’t let the social media hype deter you from trying yoga. You are a beautiful person with a fantastic body, let yoga be something that you can enjoy and that allows you to feel good.

There was a Harvard study done in Harvard Health Publishing, February 2017 that stated that yoga can help prevent heart disease. According to the study, the gentle stretches help muscles become more sensitive to insulin (produced by pancreas, helps regulate blood sugar). Deep breathes can help lower blood pressure, and meditation can quiets the nervous system and eases stress. This is just one example of how fantastic and beneficial this yoga practice is.

Yoga has been around for quite a while (as far back as 1888 starting with Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is considered the Father of Modern Yoga). This ancient practice has definitely taken a twist with it’s increased popularity, focusing on an Eastern mind (with philosophy) and Western body (physical work out) approach.

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What to expect in yoga

  • Bring a water bottle that seals (We’ve knocked over our water bottles many a time!)

  • Bring a yoga mat, or call the studio/gym to see if they have one you can borrow.

  • It’s recommended to not eating anything about 2 hours before practicing (especially before hot yoga).

  • Keep hydrating with water about an hour before (stop about an hour before so that everything settles).

  • Go at your own pace. Too many times yoga becomes this competition, when it’s really all about you on your mat. It’s OK if you don’t go into the deepest form of the pose, just do what you can.

  • SHARP pain is NEVER good, so be mindful of how your body feels in the poses.

  • Smile, it’s only yoga.


What to expect in MintnHoney’s classes

  • MintnHoney’s classes are playful and fun, so plan on smiling (maybe even laughing) as you practice.

  • Organic movements are always welcome, just be mindful of how your body feels, and respect your neighbor’s space.

  • If you need to borrow a yoga mat, email Emily@MintnHoney.com to reserve.

  • Modifications are always available, feel free to ask how you can modify a pose so it works for you.

  • Lots of laughter! Life is short, smile while you still have teeth. Yoga is a practice that gets more beautiful with time. Enjoy it, have fun with it, and smile, it’s only yoga.