I’m not very flexible, is yoga for me?
Practice of yoga is a journey that everyone can embark on. It is up to your instructor to provide you with options and practices best suited to your needs. Yoga is a flexible practice that can be modified to accommodate all types of bodies.
I’m recovering from an illness/ I suffer from a chronic condition. Can I still practice yoga?
Absolutely yes. Yoga is so broad that it gives variety of options for everyone. Discuss with your teacher your current health problems and together you will find what serves you best. At the same time only you know how it feels to be in your body, so you need to work with your teacher and let them know if something feels painful or too strenuous.
What do I need to bring?
We practice in a studio that is fully equipped so all you need is your body and comfortable clothing. It is best to wear something more fitting, especially when it comes to pants, as this allows to see whether the alignment is correct.
How often should I practice?
It is up to you. Even practicing once a week will improve your health, however it is advised to practice 2-3 times a week if you want to see progress in your flexibility and strength levels.
What style should I choose?
There isn’t one correct answer. Even one person may require different types of practice depending on their current health, energy levels or needs. If you had practiced one style and didn’t like it – try another one. Physical practices of yoga very from remaining still in relaxing poses (restorative yoga or yapana yoga) to relatively fast-paced movements in ashtanga or vinyasa yoga. A good teacher can help you pick the type that will serve you best.
Yoga is a spiritual practice, can I practice it as a lay person?
Yes, at Virya we respect tradition but at the same time see yoga as a practical philosophy and lifestyle that can help everyone lead a healthier, happier and more meaningful life. We understand the science of yoga and translate it to the Western tradition of philosophy, psychology and anatomy&physiology.