Do I need to do or bring anything special before I come to practice yoga?
Yoga is practiced on an empty stomach. Please refrain from eating at least 2 hours before class. Come to class hydrated but please refrain from drinking water during practice because it can make the postures feel uncomfortable and more importantly counteracts the process of building heat in the body. We want to build heat while we practice so that we can enjoy the detoxifying benefits of yoga. Yoga is practiced with no shoes, no socks and no big jewelry such as watches etc. You will need a yoga mat though and we have mats available for rent and mats for sale in our boutique. Owning your own mat is a great way to deepen your practice and it is more hygienic.
What should I wear?
Please bear in mind that you will sweat and move in a dynamic way. Clothing that is suitable for yoga is something comfortable that you would wear for any form of physical exercise. However, do not to wear anything too baggy as this will impede your movement and in postures such as downward dog you may find your t-shirt sliding over your head!
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a science of the body, mind and soul. It’s an ancient tradition rooted in India that has been practiced for more than 5000 years that uses a blend of special physical movements (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) as an entry to a healthy, strong and flexible body, a balanced lifestyle, an open heart and a clear, calm mind. The word yoga means union, and a dedicated practitioner will experience a unified state of consciousness, peace of mind and health and well-being.
Why should I practice yoga?
Everyone is different and have different reasons to want to practice yoga. Whether you are looking for physical exercise, a sense of peace and well-being or are trying to heal chronic injuries, yoga has something to offer you. Countless scientific studies have proven that yoga lowers stress levels and increases your sense of happiness and health. A dedicated daily practitioner experiences real conscious personal transformation and inner peace.
What are the other benefits of Yoga?
Yoga practice increases the body’s flexibility and strength. It also improves concentration, breathing and posture. ?You will also see the benefits of yoga begin to affect your scale as yoga aids in weight loss and fat burning. To learn more about the numerous benefits of yoga click here.
How many times a week should a take a class?
Ashtanga yoga is meant to be practiced six times a week, leaving one day for rest. We also take rest on the days of the new and full moon. Women should take off 2 to 3 days during menstration. Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga has a cumulative effect on the body and should be practiced a minimum of 3 days a week. For those just starting, if you’d like, move from twice to three times a week. Then, gradually increase to four and five etc. It is when we are practicing in the traditional manner that we receive the greatest benefits.
Where do I park?
We have a parking area in front of our both studios, Miraflores and Surco.
I can’t touch my toes!
Don’t worry, you’ll get there – we promise. You do not need to be flexible when you start yoga, however, over time you will see your range of flexibility increase. The regular and consistent practice of yoga will instill a balance between both strength and flexibility.
I’m I too old to practice yoga?
No! No one is too old to practice yoga. With patience and consistent practice, your balance, flexibility and strength will improve. Pattabhi Jois, the living master of Ashtanga Yoga was in his 90’s when he passed away. He would say that the only person who can’t practice Ashtanga yoga is a lazy person! The key to practicing yoga is not age, but rather an open mind and heart.
What if I have a previous injury or physical condition that might make yoga a challenge?
One of the greatest benefits of a regular yoga practice is healing. A regular yoga practitioner creates the space to allow healing into their body on multiple levels. Our teachers can help you by offering suggestions on how to modify postures. There is always a way to work around limitations and get the most of your practice.
What if I am sore or tired from practicing Yoga?
It is normal to feel sore after beginning any form of physical exercise. While you might feel sore or tired after doing your yoga practice or sometimes even during your yoga practice, it is not necessary to push your body to point of creating an injury. We suggest to continue to practice and do what you can instead of resting and disrupting your yoga routine. Eventually your body will become accustomed to the practice.
Is yoga a form of physical exercise and can I cross train with it?
Yes, yoga is an all-inclusive form of physical exercise. One yoga class includes cardiovascular, weight bearing, strength training, endurance, aerobic and core-based exercises. Doing yoga alone at least three times a week is plenty of exercise. You may choose to cross train with yoga but choose wisely depending on your body. If your main concern with yoga is to increase your flexibility, then activities such as weight training, running or spinning, which can lead to tightness, may counteract some of the flexibility work you do in your yoga practice. Instead, we recommend activities that are more likely to elongate the muscles such as swimming, Pilates or walking. For someone who is already very flexible, cardio and weight training could be beneficial.
What is Holistic Health?
A great complement to yoga, holistic health is a wellness approach that addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of an individual. A holistic health approach emphasizes the need to look at the whole person. It looks for the underlying causes of symptoms, rather than just covering up the symptoms with a drug. Ashtanga Yoga Peru offers a variety of different holistic treatment approaches including meditation, ayurveda, massage, homeopathy, nutrition and past life healing therapy, which, when practiced with yoga, can help you achieve balance and well-being.
Is Yoga a Religion?
No. But the practice of yoga enhances the spiritual essence of all faiths. Practitioners come from many different beliefs.
Why do we chant?
Anytime we want to be inspired, whether we are at a sporting event, religious services, a rock concert, or need to clean our house, some type of singing is involved. The singing helps us transcend the mundane and taps us into our Divine nature.
Do I have to be a vegetarian to practice yoga?
Everybody is doing the best they can. No one can force a food decision on you. With information and observing on how various foods make you feel when you practice, you are then able to make an educated decision based on what’s best for you.
What is the difference between Ashtanga Yoga and other styles of Yoga such as Power Yoga etc?
In many ways the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga is the essence of many contemporary yoga styles such as Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Anusara Yoga, which were created in the West. Ashtanga Yoga follows an ancient tradition from India that has proven results in an unbroken lineage of teacher to student relationships that dates back throughout time immemorial.
Why should I commit to one traditional style of yoga?
There are many disciplines of yoga and for a period of time when one is starting out, it is appropriate to try many different styles. However, after an appropriate period of shopping around, picking and sticking to a style and teacher that follow a lineage can help you move deeply into learning more about your Self. By committing yourself fully to one yoga style, one teaching method and a regular practice, you open the door to deeper levels of your body, mind and spirit.