FAQ

Myth no.1: Yoga is only for the young and fit.

“Yoga takes care of the complete well being of a person. It doesn’t have an age barrier and can be done by anyone who is over the age of 12” says Meena Joshi, a yoga instructor with degree from Kalidas University.  Yoga in fact is good for the problems that come with old age like arthritis, blood pressure; it helps us to age well and improve immunity.

Myth no.2: You have to be really flexible to do Yoga.

Most common images associated with yoga are of people either standing on the head or being fixed in positions you wouldn’t dream of reaching. But don’t fret, they might be pro at yoga but “one of the basic principle of yoga is ‘Shanai, Shanai’ or ‘take it slowly’. You aren’t expected to touch your toes or twist your neck in the beginning. Do only what you are comfortable with. There is no ‘ideal’ level of flexibility; it differs from person to person” she says.

 Myth no.3: Yoga provides magical cures

Just starting yoga and expecting all the ailments to vanish isn’t going to work. Yoga is very good for maintaining good health and taking care of the nervous system. But you really have to be consistent to reap all the benefits of yoga. So don’t put away your medication as soon as you start yoga, take proper medical guidance before doing so.

 Myth no.4: Doing yoga is all about spiritualism

Though Yoga was founded by the rishis, it is not bounded by religion nor has it to be adopted only by those interested in spirituality. Yoga can be adopted by anybody with or without religious inclination. Yoga can provide the much needed relaxation and peace in today’s hectic lifestyle. So, yoga is more relevant for you and me than a person already away from every day cares.

Myth no.5: Only women do Yoga

Even though most of the followers of yoga may be the women, yoga is definitely also for men. If you observe, most of the famous practitioners or instructors they all are men. If men feel yoga is only about some postures and for flexibility, they should remember that yoga has so much to offer men like strengthening and toning muscles, relaxing and releasing stress.

Myth no 6: Yoga should only be done in the morning

You would be able to reap the best results of yoga if you do it in the morning. But if your schedule is what’s stopping you from practicing it in the morning, don’t worry. You can practice yoga at whatever time of the day as per your convenience but make sure you practice it after at least 2 hours of meals.

Out of consideration for all our students, a minimum of 12 hours notice is required to cancel or reschedule. Cancellation or time change within this time will result in a 50% fee being charged. ‘No Show’ appointments are charged at full price.

Provided one does not have any of the contraindications listed here in and barring any physical abnormalities, anyone who can do at least 3 consecutive sit ups can do AG®Y. AG®Y Restorative is more therapeutic and therefore more accessible to all than AG®Y Flying Fitness. To do all of the exercises in AG®Y, it is easiest for someone who maintains a consistent fitness regime and has a strong core.

First of all it depends on which AG®Y class you take and which instructor you have. No matter what, YOU monitor your own resistance so each class is as hard as or as easy as you choose to work. AG®Y Restorative is easier to execute than AG®Y Flying Fitness. If you can do 3 consecutive sit ups, you can do AG®Y.

 

Pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist), heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, osteoporosis / bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, hiatal hernia, disc herniation or acute 
discogenic disease, recent stroke, artificial hips, radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine), severe muscle spasms, botox injections (within 6 hours)

Wear workout wear that covers armpits (sleeve) and legs. Cotton or cotton blend fabric is best (non-slippery). Tops: sports bra for females. Not too loose for guys. Remember, you will be upside down. 
Bottoms: If wearing tights make certain they are opaqe (non-see through). If wearing sweats, tight around cuff of legs is best. No socks (unless they are sticky). You may need sticky gloves if you have weak grip. PLEASE NO JEWELRY

Not necessarily. AG®Y is easier than regular yoga because the AG®Y Hammock supports you in your poses. However, AG®Y is easiest for someone who maintains a consistent fitness regime and has a strong core.

This depends on your fitness level. We recommend that everyone start with a Beginners level group class, Immersion Workshop or Beginners course. AG®Y Restorative is less challenging than AG®Y Flying Fitness.

We recommend having something in the stomach to stave off dizziness, however, we do not recommend a big meal.

: If one has a strong propensity for dizziness or a “hips over head” spatial awareness style dyslexia this is not the technique for them.

You will feel taller and lighter. Your muscles will have a pump and you will be refreshed!

The difference between fear and excitement in the body is relaxation. In AG®Y we bring ourselves to presence before we begin class. During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground.

  • Physical Benefits of Yoga:

The benefits of yoga are multi-faceted. It’s a journey of the body, mind and spirit. Through the practice of yoga postures the body becomes fit, toned, supple and agile. Internal organs are gently massaged and bodily processes are well-stimulated.

The mind becomes clear and the nervous system feels soothed through regulated breathing, pranayama. Respiration is markedly improved, generating vitality.

Yoga is also a healing system, so for those who have suffered injury or trauma it is a path to recovery. Bones realign, muscles unlock, physical and emotional tensions are released and new energy begins to flow through our bodies.

  • Emotional Wellbeing:

As we begin to feel energized with our fitter bodies, this can positively affect our mental and emotional well-being, allowing us to feel at ease and more complete & comfortable with ourselves. This has a knock-on effect within our relationships and the way we deal with life and challenges. We become clearer in our thinking, kinder at heart and cooler-headed.

  1. decreased back pain
  2. increased energy level
  3. increased flexibility and strength
  4. better focus  and concentration
  5. weight loss
  6. better posture
  7. improved sleep
  8. balanced mood
  9. improved digestion
  10. enhanced immune functions
  11. improved circulation
  12. spiritual awareness
  • Always practice with patience, care and attention.
  • Never practice on a full stomach and always allow a minimum of two hours after food before you begin.
  • Drink water before and after your practice, but not during, as this will interrupt your flow and cool your internal heat, which is created during yoga to burn off toxins.
  • Yoga is always practiced barefoot as this enhances awareness of the feet and a sense of grounding.
  • Practice in a place that is clean and warm. Try to keep a clear uncluttered small space for yoga as it will help you focus and stop you from becoming side-tracked.
  • Never hold your breath in postures, always focus on breathing smoothly, softly and steadily through your nose.
  • Wear soft and comfortable clothing, tight clothing can restrict movements, whilst baggy clothing will keep getting in the way.
  • Regular practice is the key to progress and gaining the benefits of yoga.
  • To begin with, stay in each posture for 5 breaths, then as you build up stamina and flexibility you may want to stay in the pose for longer.
  • Start with postures you feel comfortable with and then gradually progress onto more challenging ones.

We recommend that you arrive 10 minutes before your appointed time. This will allow you sufficient time to change your clothing, go to the toilet and complete your health questionnaire. It is also advisable not to eat for a minimum of 2 hours before attending so you do not suffer discomfort from the yoga postures

Wear shorts or tights with a close fitting tee shirt or singlet.

Advise the teacher of any new or existing injuries or any health concerns you may have, so that they can make sure your individual needs are addressed within the class.