It is the mission of Yoga with an Edge to provide a welcoming, caring, safe, and FUN environment for students and teachers to practice, grow, and learn about the ancient practice of yoga.
WHAT IS YOGA WITH AN EDGE?
There are many different Edges. The physical edge, a place between comfort and discomfort, not beyond the physical limit, but to the physical limit. The emotional edge, bringing information from the back burner to the front burner and looking right into the center of whatever is present and learning to be with it, comfortable or uncomfortable, light or dark. The spiritual edge, acknowledging and examining life’s questions, comfortable or uncomfortable, accepting what you truly believe, and respecting what others believe, God is everywhere. The psychological edge, being open to whatever is going on in your life on a moment to moment basis and learning to simply observe without attachment. We cannot fix everything. Sometimes, quietly observing is the perfect fix.
It is impossible to do yoga. You already are yoga! The yoga mat is a personal space, a vehicle allowing each individual to explore and discover unlimited potential, developing a clearer understanding of yourself and the human body and the energetic connection of the mind, body, and spirit.
There are no rules or boundaries, and NO competition at Yoga with an Edge. The yoga path is sacred and life-changing and open to EVERYONE for exploration.
Yoga with an Edge will encourage you to explore outside of the box! We combine many schools of yoga with a variety of music, including rock ‘n’ roll. Practicing yoga ON the mat will guide you to experiencing yoga OFF the mat – more patience, more space between thoughts, less reaction, and so much more gratitude for LIFE. Let go of preconceived notions about yourself and learn to patiently rewire and live life to its fullest, with no fear and grateful acceptance.
May you be at ease.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you be at peace.
May you be safe.
May you shine bright in the light of yoga.
Thank you for your interest in Yoga with an Edge. We look forward to practicing with you soon!
~Om Shanti~ Vicki
BENEFITS OF YOGA
Yoga promotes peace, anchoring your mind in the present and allowing the past and future to dissolve.
Yoga promotes a strong core, building strength and stability in the abdomen, hips, pelvis, and lower back, allowing the entire region to work in harmony.
Yoga promotes awareness of posture, sitting, standing, or walking. By taking your muscles through a full range of motion, you will soften and relax, helping readjust misalignments in the skeletal body.
Yoga promotes a healthy heart. Your heart rate increases during yoga practice, putting positive stress on the heart, which creates strength and more efficiency in its function. With a stronger pumping heart, your blood will flow more effectively throughout your body. Lowering the head below the heart through inversions will give the heart a much deserved break.
Yoga promotes dense, lean, strong muscles, lending support to the skeletal system and bringing about more strength and the ability to move through enjoyable, challenging yoga poses and everyday activities.
Yoga promotes reduction of pain, studies having shown that people who practice yoga experience less pain from such diseases as fibro-myalgia, cancer, arthritis, back and neck injury, depression, and hyper-tension, just to name a few.
Yoga promotes stress reduction, lowering the level of physical and mental stress on the body, bringing about lower blood pressure, lowering heart rate, improving digestion, and boosting the immune system.
By heating the body, Hot Yoga promotes the release of toxins through sweating and other functions of the excretory system, especially if you have hydrated properly. Though all yoga promotes weight loss, Hot Yoga is particularly effective.
Yoga promotes security in one’s self and trust in others.
TIPS FOR STUDENTS
Please sign in at front desk before placing mat in studio.
HOT yoga and some dynamic classes are heated to 100 degrees and hotter. Regular practitioners will likely enjoy bringing their own mat along with a yoga-mat towel. Bring water and a hand towel if attending a HOT class. Trying Hot Yoga for the first time? Bring a beach towel as a substitute for a yoga-mat towel (so you don’t slide on your mat).
No pre-registration necessary. Come a few minutes early to get comfortable with the space and heat if the class is heated.
Please be on time. All classes begin and end promptly. The doors will be locked at the time class begins or shortly thereafter (it will vary with individual teacher preference).
Be prepared to practice barefoot with loose/stretchy comfortable clothes for all classes.
If you happen to come in late, please wait until beginning meditation ends to check in and place mat in studio.
Staying for final relaxation at the end of class is highly recommended. If you need to leave early, please leave before relaxation begins.
Mats are provided, although owning your own is strongly recommended.
For your comfort do not eat a large meal 2 hours prior to a class.
Please do not wear heavy colognes or perfumes or noisy jewelry to class.
If you have a heart condition or any other serious physical condition, please let your instructor know BEFORE class begins.
Turn all cell phones off before entering the studio. Inform the teacher if you need to leave your phone on vibrate (on call, sick kids, etc.)
WORDS FREQUENTLY USED IN YOGA CLASSES
Prana: Breath/Life force
Asana: Pose/Comfortable seat
Mantra: Repeated word or group of words
Mudra: Spiritual gesture mostly performed with the hands
Sanskrit: Classical language of India
Chakras: Energy system in the body
Namaste: A greeting or saluation, “thank you” or “I bow to you”
Bandha: binding or lock
CHANTING FOR PEACE:
LOKAH SAMASTHA SUKHINO BHAVANTU
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”.
The chanting of Om drives away all worldly thoughts and removes distraction and infuses new vigor in the body, it is a powerful tonic.
When you chant Om, you are pure, all pervading light and consciousness.
Those who chant Om will have a powerful, sweet voice. You may chant Om anywhere, anytime, not just in yoga class. The rhythmic pronunciation of Om makes the mind serene and pointed and infuses the spiritual sweetness which promotes self-realization.