The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to yoke or bind, and is often interpreted as ‘union’ or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini. Today, most people practising yoga are engaged in asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.
Yes, by holding stretches and poses, yoga can indeed improve flexibility. You will only notice a significant improvement in your suppleness if you regularly practise yoga. You will find that the more often you participate in yoga, the faster and more noticeable your improvements in flexibility will become.
Yoga can improve both strength and flexibility. Holding poses and maintaining balance requires core stability which will be increased through yoga practice. Stabilising the body in certain poses can also call into action the strength in your legs and arms, thus improving it. Strength gained from yoga will be by means of using your own body weight rather than any form of external weights.
At Bonfire Yoga, we offer different types of yoga, each with their own particular flavour. This page lists the different types that Bonfire offers.
You should, however, free yourself of any personal expectations you may have of yoga if it is your first attempt. Expect a calm, relaxing environment where your goal should be focus and self-awareness.
Yes, using your own yoga mat is good for hygienic reasons as well as providing you with a sense of individuality and a unique yoga experience.
Absolutely! In fact, you SHOULD bring your water bottle into class. Staying hydrated during any form of exercise is incredibly important and we do encourage that you have your water bottle with you at all times during your yoga class.