© 2017 Chris Hoskins
Approaching Your Hatha Yoga Study

One of the main reasons that Yoga has become increasingly popular is its adaptability.  Whatever your
reasons for doing it, the beneficial contribution Yoga offers you is in many ways contingent upon
developing your Yogic understanding. This happens through consistent study and practice.  

There are numerous ways to approach Yoga study and practice. You may become confused while sifting
through the volume of information and misinformation that is available, as you attempt to decide which is
suitable for you.  I advocate taking a simple, personally relevant approach. Here are some things to think
over as you make your Yoga choice:

Have conversations with yourself about your intention and what you think you want from Yoga.
Given what you know about Yoga at this point, clarify what you want, and or expect from it and what you
intend to put into it.

Be realistic in assessing your level of physical fitness.
The type of Yoga taught at Studio Yoga 6 is Hatha Yoga. Doing Asanas, which are also referred to as
Poses, involves moving your body into and out of various shapes. These range from being intensely
physical, through completely passive and totally supported by bolsters and blankets, to therapeutic. In
the beginning it is important for you work at a level that coincides with your level physical fitness.  

One of the beautiful philosophical threads in Yoga encourages us to simply start from where we are, so
attend classes that are appropriate for your level of health and fitness. If you are in doubt, obtain your  
physician’s assurance before you begin. You can also contact us for feedback. If you are just starting and
have no experience, take one of these classes:
Tuesday 5:15pm Ongoing Introductory-Level Start Off,
Wednesday 12:00pm Ongoing Lunch Time Yoga Basics, or set up a Small Group Series Class as your
introduction to Yoga.

Coordinate your schedule and budget with your intention.
Start by committing to doing what you can. Class once a week is a strong jump-off point. Alternating once
a week, with twice a week or more is a step further. Commit to attending classes regularly enough to
support and honor your learning curve. It is important to begin with a regular class-taking schedule that is
consistent. Although periods of time will occur when the demands of life disrupts your class-taking
schedule, start with a workable schedule that you can sustain. It is better to initially do what you can,
then figure out how to increase your attendance, than to push to do too much too soon, create conflict
with the demands of your life and drop Yoga altogether. Important advice for those new to Yoga:

  • Resist being intimidated or competitive.  

  • Stick with introductory and beginning level classes so you can grow a strong foundation.

  • Set your mat up near the back of the class so you have a good view of the room; at Studio Yoga 6
    the more experienced practitioners are in the front so it will be easier for you to follow.

  • If something hurts, back out of it until the pain stops, let your teacher know and stop
          doing it if necessary; there are many adaptations and alternatives available in Yoga to learn.
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