I'm a beginner, where do I begin?

Sunday evenings 6 pm Gentle Flow

Monday mornings 10 am Gentle Basics

Tuesday afternoons 12:30-1:30 pm Super Gentle: Heal Your Back

Wednesday mornings 10 am Gentle Flow

Wednesday evenings 6:30 pm Moderate Flow

Thursday mornings 10 am Restorative Yoga

Friday evenings 6:30 pm Restorative Yoga

What is yoga?

There is a common misconception that yoga is primarily a form of exercise. Yoga is an ancient discipline that teaches awareness of breath, body, and spirit. Yes, we stretch and strengthen our bodies, but we do so in a meditative manner and this helps to quiet the mind.

What kind of yoga is practiced at Barefoot Lizard Yoga Studio?

We offer Hatha Yoga. "Ha" means sun. "Tha" means moon. Together, Hatha represents the balance of positive and negative, active and passive, left and right, effort and sacrifice, courage and caution, doing and undoing. Hatha Yoga is the practice of balance.

We offer Vinyasa/Flow Yoga. Sun Salutations are a central theme in vinyasa classes. You will get your heart rate up and build some heat.

We offer Restorative Yoga, fully supported and gentle. We offer Yin Yang Yoga, which is a mix of the heat-building vinyasa and the cooler held poses.

We also offer Kundalini Yoga (more details below).

How many times a week should I practice yoga?

Yoga is powerful medicine. It is most effective when taken regularly. Over time, you may begin to notice strength and suppleness in your muscles and joints, and that you are sleeping and looking better. When you feel good, you look good. Studies have shown that Yoga improves blood pressure, relieves pain, enhances sleep, and elevates the mood.

What class is best for me?

1. Start where you are.

2. Be patient. Yoga is a moment by moment practice of awareness.

3. Focus on being steady and comfortable.

Descriptions below for classes offered at Barefoot Lizard Yoga studio. 

Why are most classes 75 to 90 minutes in length?

Two of the most beautiful things about your yoga practice will be "Centering" and "Savasana."

We begin each yoga class with five to 10 minutes of "centering," a time devoted to everyone in the room, including the teacher. Taking these moments to find a comfortable position and to quiet the mind, gives each one of us the opportunity to quietly celebrate what we have put forth an effort to do, and that is to simply be there.

One of the primary goals of yoga is to suspend mental chatter, which carries with it memories of the past and thoughts of the future. These thoughts and memories are filled with fears, worries, and anxieties of everyday life, and are the underlying cause of our everyday stress, disorders, and disease.

We end each class with five to 15 minutes of "savasana," which translates literally to "corpse pose." No need to do anything special in this pose except relax, release, quiet the mind, and quiet the body. This gives the breath and heart rate a chance to return to normal, it gives the whole self a chance to reap the benefits of the practice, and it brings you back into your day or evening renewed, relaxed, and refreshed.

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.

What is Kundalini Yoga?

Here are some FAQs re: Kundalini Yoga

Q: Why do some Kundalini Yoga teachers wear white?

It is said that wearing white and natural fiber cloth expands the aura by a foot and a half. This is to enhance the experience of Kundalini Yoga and help the teachers projection while teaching a class. Students are not required to wear white. However, wearing white may enhance the experience of the practice. A natural fiber like cotton is ideal.

Q: Why do some Kundalini Yoga teachers cover their head?

A: Head coverings of any kind are useful for a meditative practice. They hold energy in, while creating a meditative focus near the brow point. Head coverings also promote the flow of Kunalini energy into the higher Chakras. A student is not required to cover their head during a yoga class. However, covering the head could enhance the experience of the practice. A natural fiber like cotton is ideal.

Q: Is Kundalini Yoga and meditation a religion or belief?

A: No. It is not a religion. It is an advanced human technology that has no denomination. It does admit that you are body, mind, and spirit. But it clears the mind, pure and simple. This lets you bring more energy and spirit to whatever your tradition or religion may be. You practice it as a human, even as an atheist. It is about human capacity and the relationship to your mind and whole self. [The Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets]

Q: When you chant a mantra does that mean you are chanting to some god?

A: No. You are chanting to evoke a state or feel your own sacredness and soul. There is no concept at all of "chanting to someone". It is an energetic act that changes your brain, stimulates your hormone balance, and engages you in a special conversation with your own mind about vastness and truth". [The Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets]

Q: How is Kundalini Yoga Different from other yoga practices?

A:

  1. Kundalini Energy. In KY, there is a belief that each of us has within us a dormant energy that resides at the base of the spine. Many asanas target this energy and aim to activate and awaken it.
  2. Tuning in. Right from the get-go, KY distinguishes itself. Intead of "om" we tune in with the mantra "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo", which means "I call on the divine teacher within".
  3. Breath of Fire: KY uses an energizing, rapid rhythmic pranayama called breath of fire. Breath of fire is done by itself or along with certain postures.
  4. Mantras: KY has an enormous cannon of beautiful mantras. There are mantras for everything under the sun: for protection, for inner peace, for courage, for intuition, for happiness…etc. Unlike most yogic traditions that draw on Sanskrit mantras, almost all of KY's mantras are in the Gurmukhi language. 
  5. Not Alignment-Based. In lyengar and Anusara classes, the teacher may emphasize very specific alignment issues, such as the placement of individual fingers on the mat. KY focuses less on alignment and more on the internal energy-circulation, glandular secretions, and raising the Kundalini Energy. [ Spiritvoyage.com]

Can I bring my children to yoga?

Classes at Barefoot Lizard Yoga Studio are open to ages 13+ but are not specifically geared toward children, unless otherwise noted (i.e. "Family Yoga" or "Kids Yoga").

Is Yoga compatible with my religious beliefs?

Is dancing?

But let's allow a few experts weigh in...

Swami Sivananda Saraswati: "Yoga is not a religion, but an aid to the practice of the basic spiritual truths in all religions. Yoga is for all, and is universal."

Georg Feuerstein: [To practice yoga] "You need not believe in anything other than the possibility that you can transform yourself." "...some Yoga practitioners are more religious than others. But Yoga itself is simply a tool for exploring the depth of our human nature, of plumbing the mysteries of the body and the mind.

And it might be helpful to remember...

Merely lowering the body to the knees does not engage the person in the worship of God. Depending upon his or her intent and actions, someone on his or her knees could be weeding a garden, or proposing marriage, or searching for lost change under the sofa. The posture must be combined with intent and other prayerful action to become an act of worship.

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Descriptions of our class offerings below

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Restorative Yoga & Gentle/Restorative

Need to de-stress and really relax? In Restorative Yoga, all poses are fully supported and held for up to five minutes with an emphasis on deep relaxation, deep breathing, and deep healing. A yummy experience. All levels welcome. All levels benefit. No Yoga experience is needed. You will walk away from Restorative Yoga feeling nurtured, renewed, and refreshed. 

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Gentle Yoga & Gentle Basics

Experience the healing energy of Yoga in an atmosphere of safety and comfort. Gently explore yoga postures and the feelings beneath them. A wonderful way to relieve stress. Stretch, strengthen, and release. No yoga experience necessary.

MINDFUL MORNING PRACTICE

The Relax & Recharge class focuses on gentle and calming yoga poses with an emphasis on breathing techniques and relaxation. Standing postures are also incorporated. This class is appropriate for people with all levels of experience who are looking to slow down mentally and physically. When this practice is completed, participants will leave feeling calm, focused, and with a renewed energy for the week ahead.

YIN YANG FLOW YOGA

We, our world, our cosmos, are made up of opposites. The Taoist concepts of Yin and Yang describe the qualities of energy present in everything, from our food, to our bodies, the seasons, and even the phases of the moon. Yin qualities are internal, introspective, cool and passive; Yang qualities are external, expressive, warm, and dynamic. Yin Yang Slow Flow Yoga combines the two. We hold Yin postures for deep tissue release, then move through sun salutations to get our inner fires burning, and then finish up with Yin postures again to reground the body and mind, and relax the nervous system. Yin and Yang, moon and sun, night and day, winter and summer; you can't have one without the other.

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Yoga Basics

Appropriate for healthy beginners and experienced students alike, these classes help deepen the connection between body, mind, and spirit through static yoga postures, flowing movements, balances, breath work, and stillness.

All-Levels Flow & Flow Yoga & vinyasa flow

When we "flow" in yoga, we are typically doing heat-building Sun Salutations to move from posture to posture. A basic Sun Salutations consists of "plank," "chaturanga" (reverse push up), "cobra/upward facing dog," and "downward facing dog. " Flow classes are fast-moving and challenging, appropriate for those with yoga experience and/or some degree of physical fitness.  You will get your glow on, guaranteed. 

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Heated Flow

In a room heated to 85+ degrees, this dynamic and creative style of yoga integrates held yoga postures into heat-building flows. The body loves to move and open. Heated Flow and Strong Flow classes honor this, combining centuries-old asanas (postures) with the rhythm of movement, heartbeat, and breath. Add creative sequencing, and the result is an exhilarating yoga experience that honors the whole person. Yoga experience recommended. Bring water.