Yoga is for everyone; men, women, kids, teens through to seniors, mothers-to-be and new moms. Taking your first step onto the mat is an exciting new beginning. It's never too early, nor is it ever too late to add yoga to your life.
Welcome to HAMSA YOGA! On your first visit, simply walk in and sign-up for a class (online registration is not required). Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to allow time for the required paperwork, payment and a quick tour. The instructor will ensure that you're settled with any props needed before class begins.
What is Yoga? Yoga is an ancient physical and spiritual discipline and branch of philosophy that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. The word 'yoga' comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to yoke or join. In other words, it means “union.”
Benefits of yoga:
Lowers stress and enhances relaxation
Boosts physical strength, stamina and flexibility
Enhances concentration and self control
Intensifies tolerance to pain and enhancing mental clarity
Enhances posture and muscle tone
Boosts functioning of the immune system
Improves blood circulation
Results in healthy, glowing skin
Cleanses and improves overall organ functioning
Bestows peace of mind and a more positive outlook
Infuses a sense of balance and internal harmony
I'm new to yoga. What classes are best suited for me? It's recommended that beginners start with Yoga 101, Gentle, Gentle/Wall, Wall/Yin, Move & Meditate or Hatha classes. Look for options that have an asterix beside the class name. See our class schedule.
What do I need to bring? A yoga mat, water bottle and yourself.
Don't own a mat...forgot your towel - no problem! We have mats and towels at the studio for rent ($1).
What do I wear? Wear comfortable pull-on pants, leggings or shorts made of breathable fabric. Bare feet please!
What if I’m not flexible or strong, can I do yoga?
You’re in the right place! Flexibility comes when the muscles develop strength. We'll teach you how to safely stretch so that you will develop more flexibility in time.
Can I eat before class?
We suggest giving your digestive system a rest at least an hour before class. Once you start practicing regularly, you'll understand your needs better and will know what works best for you.
Can I come to any class on the schedule? Absolutely but be mindful of choosing the class best suited to your abilities. If you have questions about the classes offered, please ask us.
What is the meaning of OM? Om is an ancient mantra. The sound “ooohhhmmm” represents the energy and movement of the entire Universe. We end our classes with the chanting of Om. Students are always invited to join in this traditional close to the practice.
What is the meaning of Namaste? Our classes always end with the teacher reciting the words "Namaste" to the class. In Sanskrit, it means, "I bow to you". Simply stated, Namaste means: The Spirit in Me Honors The Spirit in You.