Ahimsa is the concept of doing less harm, on the mat and off. You can never be perfect, but you can always do better, be kinder and more loving. Ahimsa is the first of the precepts set down by Patanjali, a great yogic sage. The second is Satya, or truthfulness. These two ideas are the heart of yoga. Be kind. Be honest. Everything else will fall into place.

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"This is NOT your Grandma's Yoga!"

~Rusty Wells

 

Do I need to be flexible to come to a yoga class?

-Not physically, no.

Are the classes heated?

-Yes, but not they're not very hot. The temperature usually hovers at around 90 degrees.

What is Vinyāsa yoga?

-This is a flowing style of yoga where poses are linked together sequentially, often based on Sun Salutations, also known as Surya Namaskara.

Say what?

-A basic series of postures and transitions that comes from Sri. T. Krishnamacharya, by way of   K. Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga yoga.

What is Bhakti yoga?

-Bhakti yoga is the yoga of love and devotion. This devotion can be placed wherever you choose, often with something that you consider to be divine and holy. It can be the movement away from self-absorbed towards self-aware by way of focusing on another person, instead of just thinking about yourself. You let that person motivate your practice. In the classes that I lead, it also means chanting.

Chanting? I might be too cool for that.

-Don't worry, so was I. It doesn't matter whether you love or hate chanting, it gets better. You have a safe place to open your voice. With the Om, you begin the vibration, and the breath carries this through the chant, celebrateing some aspect of the Divine. This is your definition of divinity. Nobody is telling you what to believe.

Since I'm new, where should I put my mat?

-Right in the middle of the room. That way, no matter which way we face, turn, or twist, you will have another person in your line of sight to get a visual cue from. I try to give enough instruction so that if you just listen, you'll be fine, but there's often a moment where you are exploring something new, and the class has moved on. This is an internal practice, and there's nothing in it about trying to look like somone else, but it can be comforting to be able to do a quick visual check when you find yourself thinking "Did he really say what I think he said?!?".

Anything else that I might find scary?

-Well, there's the final meditation (Dhyana), but for most people, it really starts out more like concentration (Dharana). This is about increasing your ability to focus, and a common way to do this, perhaps the easiest way, is to focus on the breath, concentrating on the sound, the feel and the flow. In the beginning, this is really difficult, but the more attention you bring to the breath, eventually, the more natural it becomes. Later, when you really start to lose the distinction between yourself and the breath, meditation begins.

So what is Bhakti Flow?

-This is the dynamic style of yoga taught by Rusty Wells where you link together not only the breath and the movement from asana to asana, but also the very important idea that you are doing this for somebody other than yourself. It is always physically challenging, and every class is different. 

Asana?

-That's the Sanskrit term for a yoga pose.

Sanskrit?

-The ancient Indian language of yoga.