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Frequently Asked Questions About Yoga

This useful collection of questions and answers will not only help you to understand Yoga, but will also provide information on taking classes, what I offer, and my personal history as a Yoga Instructor. If you can't find what you're looking for here, feel free to contact me at info@kandiaustinyoga.com.

What is Yoga?

It's a time honored, uniting of body, mind and spirit...a practice of postures, meditations and breath work that bring a sense of awareness to the unique beauty in each of us.

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What is meditation?

Meditation is a simple technique that if practiced for as few as 10 minutes per day can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation. It involves sitting, usually with eyes closed, and allowing your mind to withdraw from all thoughts and concerns. As you let go of thoughts from your daily life you train yourself to be consistently in a greater and greater state of relaxation even as you go about your normal routine.

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What is Reiki?

The Reiki support website www.reiki.org defines Reiki as, "a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy."

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I feel inflexible and uncomfortable, how can I possibly do some of the poses I see?

That is the beauty of Yoga; it meets you right where you are. There are beginner poses, with careful explanation and guidance, as well as use of props and breath work. These will help you to move forward in your journey to a healthier body, and a brighter spirit. Yoga is for everyone.

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What are the benefits of Yoga?

The benefits of yoga are enormous. Here are a few...You will find increased strength and endurance. You will achieve general relaxation and freedom from stress. You will be able to take fuller breaths and stretch further. Yoga has been shown to improve a variety of chronic medical conditions including clinical depression, heart disease, asthma, arthrits, and back pain. Clinical studies with regard to yoga are occuring worldwide and even the NIH has funded clinical trials on yoga and its health benefits for insomnia and multiple sclerosis.

Some studies have indicated that yoga may positively affect learning and memory. Others are being conducted currently to determine whether yoga can slow down aging, increase a person's sense of self-acceptance, or improve energy levels. Certain benefits, such as the increase in spiritual awareness that yoga may provide, are hard to measure scientifically. Regardless, most yoga students will provide a wide variety of testimonial anecdotes regarding the positive effect that yoga has had on their lives. Some will even tell you that yoga has improved their marriages and their relationships at work.

The only way to be sure about all that yoga can do for you is to try it for yourself and see.

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Has it been proven that Yoga is good for you?

Yes. Western science has been studying Yoga for nearly 50 years, and the evidence shows numerous physical and psychological benefits from Yoga. Interestingly, there seems to be something about Yoga -- vs. exercise and controlled breathing -- that is beneficial. For example, a recent study with heart patients showed that those who followed a stress reduction program that included many Yoga practices did better than patients who exercised or did nothing. Further, preliminary studies in the United States and India suggest that Yoga maybe helpful for specific conditions, such as asthma, epilepsy, anxiety, stress and others. Check out The Yoga Therapy Report for more information.

This information has been provided by Yogasite.com

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Is Yoga a religion?

No and...maybe. It depends on how you define "religion" and how the Yoga practitioner approaches his or her practice. The physical and psychological benefits of Yoga are real and don't discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, political persuasion or any other way people like (or dislike) to categorize themselves. The benefits also don't depend on chanting Om. On the spiritual side, most mystical traditions -- East or West -- draw similar maps of the spiritual path. So in that respect, Yoga is mainstream. Like Shakespeare said, "A rose by any name would smell as sweet." For these reasons, many people feel they can practice Yoga without conflict with their religious beliefs. However, Yoga is connected to the Hindu tradition and draws on many Hindu beliefs -- karma, dharma, reincarnation, Atman, etc.

This information has been provided by Yogasite.com

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