New to Yoga? Here are some things to help you get started.
What is Yoga?
Yoga originated in ancient India and is defined in the Sanskrit language to mean "union". Yoga is a union of the mind, body and spirit and can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses. The original mission of Yoga was to cleanse and purify the body to receive the divine power of God. Today, many practice Yoga to promote health, fitness and mental stability. Five Points Yoga offers classes to harmonize and balance a students mind/body awareness by teaching the movement of the body with the breath in various poses. Along with our regular class schedule we offer workshops and special events ; everything from simple breathing techniques to introductory yoga philosophy, meditation practices and deep relaxation exercises.
Is Yoga practice for me?
Anyone can begin a yoga practice, you don't have to be naturally flexible; that is why we call it "practice". Five Points Yoga instructors teach noncompetitive yet challenging classes in anusara inspired yoga, and vinyasa flow; from basic introductory level skills to more advanced. You don't have to live on a commune or be a vegetarian, everyone from doctors to CEO's is trying yoga. If you like the idea of connecting to a more balanced life with an exercise program that lets you progress at your own pace, then give it a try!
What are some of the benefits of Yoga?
The peaceful flow of practicing Yoga is becoming a popular focus in today's fast paced world and tough economic times. It is now commonly recognized that yoga reduces stress in the way it develops the mindful awareness of self, and coordinates body movement with breath. Yoga places strong emphasis on good alignment and when practiced correctly can be very therapeutic, often relieving chronic pain in the backs, hips and shoulders. Deep breathing techniques help reduce blood pressure and heart rate improving cardiovascular health. Athens Five Points Yoga places a strong emphasis on the union of mind/body and spirit creates an overall awareness of physical space and it's relationship to others around us and the choices we make.
How do I choose a type of Yoga?
If you are brand new to yoga, you may want to take a few hatha classes to learn
the basic poses. Hatha is usually slow paced, so if you are the kind of
person who likes to move around more, Athens Five Points Yoga offers a wide range of yoga styles to suit your practice level. See our class description page for some of the most popular kinds of yoga and then find a beginner's class, or more advanced class in that style. Our beginner's classes will help you to learn the poses and avoid the risk of injury. And if you are still uncertain of your skill level, there is no substitute from learning directly from a good teacher in a yoga class, whether private or group, and our instructors are happy to speak with you about where you should begin.
Can men do Yoga?
Yoga is great for men! Yes, it can be challenging for men who are not flexible, but yoga helps with that! At 5 Points Yoga, the majority of our classes include a large strength component which is often more familiar for men. Many men attend our classes to improve their performance in a sport. Our male students also enjoy, just like our female students, the opportunity for centering and re-connection yoga provides. Bottom line: Just try it! You'll like it. Contact us here with any questions and for class recommendations. See this article in "Yoga Journal" for more information on men and yoga.
I have an injury, therapeutic needs, or physical limitation?
We ask that you please first consult with your physician if you have an injury or physical limitation that may impact your practice of yoga. Next, please contact a 5 Points Yoga coordinator by email or phone for assessment and to discuss more details of your experience level and which venue best meets your needs.
How do I register for a scheduled class or workshop ?
Athens Five Points Yoga offers detailed class descriptions on-line. New comers and currently active students can enroll on-line into our student data base by simply creating a log-in account in the MindBody platform on our class schedule page. Students will use an email address, and unique password, then all class schedules can be purchased and accounted for in each individual student's account. Those individuals not wanting to enroll, but wish to try out a class or workshop may contact us by phone or email, and remember Drop-ins are always welcome to the regular weekly scheduled classes. (Please see our rates page). (All students interested in workshops must register either on-line, or by phone or email).
Why do I need to pre-register for workshops?
Athens FivePoints Yoga studio wants to make sure that every class and workshop has adequate space for each and every student. Pre-registration helps enable us a way to reserve your spot in an event and not over book a workshop.
How do I prepare for class?
Athens Five Points Yoga has put together some helpful tips on yoga etiquette to help our students and new comers feel comfortable and prepare for classes. We offer a fun and relaxed practice space, and ask for respect of our studio as well as consideration of others before, during and after every class session ... Please read more about Yoga Etiquette.