Yoga Benefits, Myths & FAQ

Although you may have come to yoga to increase your flexibility, don’t be surprised to find that you are also sleeping more deeply than you have since you were child, or able to better focus and manage your energy more productively in all areas of your life.

Once you begin to practice yoga regularly, you are likely to notice many of the following changes in your body, mind and attitude. Click here to browse our upcoming classes.

  • Increased Flexibility

  • Happier Mood

  • Decreased Back Pain

  • More Energy

  • Better Focus at Work

  • Improved Sleep

  • A Calmer, Quieter Mind

  • Weight Loss

  • Balanced Mood

  • Enhanced Athletic Ability

  • Excellent Muscle Tone

  • Improved Blood Circulation

  • Increased Cardiovascular Endurance

  • Strengthened Immune System

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MYTH 1: I Have Always Been Stiff, So I Can’t Do Yoga.

FACT: Unless you are a ballet dancer or gymnast, it’s very normal if you feel tight, so don’t worry if touching your toes seems impossible. The good news is that with regular practice, yoga is extremely effective at improving flexibility.

MYTH 2: I Already Work Out At The Gym; I Don’t Need To Do Yoga, Too.

FACT:  Although many forms of exercise provide a wonderful physical workout, only yoga can legitimately claim to be a therapeutic system that helps heal injuries, improve chronic illness and balance mental stress. As a result, yoga can be hugely beneficial to people who exercise regularly—particularly runners and gym goers.

MYTH 3: Yoga Is Just For Girls.

FACT: You’ve heard wrong! Both males and females practice yoga regularly. In fact, it is rare for a typical class to to be predominantly one gender.

MYTH 4: I Tried A Yoga Class Once, But It’s Too Slow And Boring.

FACT: Some styles of yoga, such as Gentle, are indeed slow-paced, but if you haven’t tried our Vinyasa classes, then you are in for a treat! These classes offer a faster, dynamic pace and endless exciting challenges.

MYTH 5: I’m Afraid That Taking Yoga Will Force Me To Adopt A Religion.

FACT: Yoga is not a religion; it’s a technique of physical movements leading to improved health. If yoga has a belief system, it’s simply to become more connected to your body.

MYTH 6: I Can’t Do Yoga, Because I Like To Go Out With My Friends For A Couple Of Drinks, And I Eat Meat.

FACT: Relax, you can simultaneously enjoy being human and being a yogi. Over time you may find yourself naturally leaning towards leaner foods—just as runners and other athletes do—but there is no requirement to change your diet.

Will my class purchases transfer or be usable between MBody Yoga Southside and MBody Yoga Neptune Beach?

Yes

Can beginners attend classes?

We welcome beginners – our classes are open to all levels. We encourage beginners to pace themselves and trust their own bodies.  For best results, complete 10 classes in 3 weeks. This type of commitment will materialize in the form of a solid physical base and intellectual understanding. In time you’ll build strength, focus, stamina and flexibility.

Please check the schedule for more information on how to get started.

Will class be challenging for me?

Yes. But you will need to chart your own course to determine the level of intensity with which you work in each pose and throughout your practice. Your first few classes may be difficult. However, stick with the process and you will witness the emergence of a new strength and power. The rewards are magical. You will surface a more healthy, stronger and stress-free individual.

How often should I practice?

Successful yoga practice requires discipline and wisdom. The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit – consistency is the key to success. A regular yoga practice burns calories, tones your body and relaxes your mind! For life-changing results, practice 4-6 days per week. A practice of 2-3 days per week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. It is a conscious journey of discovery. Please note that practice will need to be modified according to your energy level and level of fatigue. Therefore, pay attention to how you feel and what your body needs.

What if I’m not that flexible?

You don’t need to be physically flexible. Just have a flexible mind. Too much flexibility creates a state of instability and that’s not healthy. Just like we have different faces and personalities, we have different hips and different length hamstrings. We are not all supposed to get our head to our legs in forward bends. We all need to find our own place in each pose. That way the pose becomes ours. We are not supposed to look the same in every pose. The beauty of the human race is the differences among us all. It would be boring if everybody looked the same in every pose. There is no proof that looser people are healthier or happier. All you need is to focus on letting go, sweating, breathing, moving, and respecting your limitations. Naturally, a yoga pose will expose blocks and imbalances. Soon the tension will release and your range of motion will naturally increase. As you dissolve brittleness and blockage, your body will regain a more child-like suppleness.

Do you incorporate meditation?

Yes. A more vigorous class is not necessarily less meditative than a slower, more mellow class. The ingredients for creating a meditative state are the integrity of the teacher, and the attention the student brings to the practice.

If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Is Power Vinyasa Yoga safe for pregnant women?

As with any exercise program, the two general rules of thumb are to check with your physician beforehand and to listen to your own body and heed any warning signs that you may be in a danger zone either for injury, overheating or overwork. Having said that, Power Vinyasa Yoga can be practiced by anyone, as long as modifications are done to accommodate for your unique needs. If you had a strong practice before you became pregnant, it does help. It’s usually not a good idea to start a yoga practice as a beginner when you’re pregnant. There are some poses such as inversions and lying on the belly that are truly contraindicated for pregnancy. We practice in a heated room, again, it is best to discuss with your physician your interest in starting or continuing your yoga practice when you are pregnant.

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