FAQ

Can I do yoga if I haven’t exercised in years and am not flexible?
Can I do yoga if I have an injury or a medical condition?
Am I too old to do yoga?
What do I wear?
What do I need?
Can I eat before the class?
I didn’t feel well during/after class.
How far should I go in a posture?
Is there meditation?
What are the benefits of yoga?
How often should I do yoga?

Can I do yoga if I haven’t exercised in years and am not flexible?
Certainly, at YDA yoga postures are modified and adapted to allow everyone to progress according to his/her capacity and own rhythm.  If you have been inactive for a long period of time, you will have to start slowly and you will gain flexibility and strength as you go along.

Can I do yoga if I have an injury or a medical condition? 
Our adapted chair yoga is suitable for men and women of all abilities, including those with physical limitations or restrictions. It is safe and beneficial for people with a range of health issues such as: multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, chronic pain, arthritis, hypertension, vertigo, (dizziness), fatigue. …

Practicing yoga is both a physical endeavor and a personal journey.  If you live with a disability, it is important to believe yoga is not only possible for you, but that you can experience its wonder and benefits just like anyone else.

In adapted chair yoga, the chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s fitness and health potential.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you might want to consult your doctor prior to joining a class and tell your teacher before practicing.

Am I too old to do yoga?
There is no age to do yoga, especially chair yoga which is typically geared towards seniors. Some students in their 90s are known to do their own practice on a daily basis.

Let yourself be inspired by Ida Herbert, the 96-year-old yoga instructor who has been named the oldest living yoga teacher by the Guinness World Records. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1254492–ida-herbert-96-holds-guinness-world-record-for-oldest-yoga-teacherThanks!

What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing that will allow you to move without restriction or distraction are advised.  We practice bare-foot for better traction on the mat or on the chair.

What do I need?
A sticky yoga mat is highly recommended not only for comfort, but also to prevent injuring yourself in postures where you might slip.

If you have a sensitive back or knees make sure your mat provides enough cushioning.

For hygienic reasons I suggest you purchase your own sticky mat and avoid sharing one with someone else.

Can I eat before the class?
Practice on an empty stomach, unless you are diabetic, hypoglycemic or pregnant. Ideally, do yoga 2 hours after a light meal, 4 to 6 hours after a normal meal.  If you must eat closer to your class, make sure it is something light. It is recommended to drink water before or after the yoga practice, but not during.

I didn’t feel well during / after class.
You may feel a little sensitive or emotional after your practice or experience symptoms like headaches, dizziness, or muscle tension.

This is normal and part of the natural adjustment process as yoga and meditation dislodges deep tensions from the mind and body.

Clear the residual tension by resting, drinking some water, eating good food and practicing again tomorrow!

How far should I go in a posture?
Yoga is a process of going deeper inside and connecting with the world around you.

To get the most benefit, perform each movement slowly while breathing evenly. As you practice, focus more on the alignment of the body, only moving to the point of slight sensation or gentle stretch.

Listen to your own body and do only what feels good.  Let go of competition!

Be patient and compassionate with yourself and above all, keep your sense of humor.

If you feel a sharp pain, discontinue the pose, relax completely and get the attention of your teacher.

Is there meditation?
Our yoga classes always start with a centering phase. Yoga practice in itself can be considered as meditation in action. We work on letting go of the thoughts of the day and focusing on the here and now. The practice of deep breathing, allows us to focus both on what our body is doing and what is going on inside of us. It brings us to this place where the mind is calm and relaxed.

What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga has a wide range of benefits. It:

  • Improves postural alignment,
  • Increases body strength and flexibility ,
  • Improves balance and coordination,
  • Enhances range of motion, joint mobility,
  • Improves bone density,
  • Improves and deepens the breath,
  • Improves circulation of blood and body fluids, and thereby purifies and cleanses the organs,
  • Enhances the ability to manage stress,  and anxiety , relief from depression,
  • Provides an emotional stability and a peace of mind,
  • Increases the ability to manage pain,
  • Provide a deeper sense belonging and connection to others.

How often should I do yoga?
Doing yoga only once or twice a week is better than nothing.  However, the more you practice the easier it gets on your body. In order to increase the benefits, I suggest you incorporate some yoga exercises into your everyday life as a couple of stretches in the morning or some breathing exercises before bed.