Group yoga classes in The Yoga Hut are currently “All Levels” classes and last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Leveling is a concept that was born of yoga studios trying to group students of similar abilities together. Beginner yogis then had their own place to start and advanced yogis had their home as well. Since The Yoga Hut is our “home” and since we thrive in “community,” we want to leave no yogi behind and dub our classes “All Levels” for ALL YOGIS! So bring your wellness attitude and your sense of adventure and join us Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30pm!
No matter your “level” of yoga, we have 3 Rules in The Yoga Hut
RULE #1 There’s No Pain In Yoga
…though there may be discomfort. Many Yoga postures are outside of the “normal” range of human movement; ie walking, running, job related movements, etc. As a result, there is certainly an expected level of “this feels odd” within the muscles, tendons and joints in a lot of postures, but there’s never a time to push ourselves through pain. The “odd” movements are meant to bring length and an opening to body spaces that are stiff or tight, but not cause the body to fight back. Eventually with practice, the “odd” angles become more “normal” as the body and mind start to recognize the postures and movements as repetitive and alleviating some or all pain and stiffness.
RULE #2 There’s No Competition In Yoga
….not with other yogis, the instructor, or your 20 year old self. In our group classes we do away with all competition, especially, those competitive thoughts of “I should be able to do this”. Competition leads to injurious thoughts and injured bodies. So, in The Hut, we stow those thoughts and let the body behave the way it needs to an coax out responses for healing, not hindering.
RULE #3 Modify! Modify!
…when in doubt, always modify a posture. Back bands aren’t meant for everyone, so we don’t teach a lot of them. However, if you were to be someone who doesn’t do back bends, we will always offer alternative postures and modifications, not as a “you can’t handle what we’re doing”, but as a “please respect your body and choose something more appropriate for YOU”. It’s always best to know when to say when. Of course, anyone is welcome to try anything at any time in our classes, but many of us know our limits and we don’t feel comfortable even creeping up to our edges. There’s no reason to upset the body to try to look good in yoga posture, only to end up in pain later…… hmmmmm, maybe if Rule 3 is seems to offend our ego, we should reread Rules 1 & 2 as reminders of pain and competition. To thine own self be true! Just be YOU and modify!