Yoga Undone

“Through balance man conserves nervous energy and thus directly benefits all his activities, mental as well as physical.” Mabel Elsworth Todd Greetings Everyone! The theme of the last two weeks for me has been undoing. It started when I went to the U.S. Open in New York and kept hearing the advice of my friend, a former nationally-ranked collegiate tennis player, reverberate through my head. “When you watch the pros,” he said, ” ...

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Q: What style of yoga is this?

At FSY we teach Hatha Yoga, which is essentially the yoga of embodiment. We focus on posture and breath because these are two reliable tools that help us both recognize our habits and move us back toward balance in a concrete way. Our style emphasizes both alignment and movement to produce a practice that is safe, enjoyable, and effective.

Q: But what if I'm too inflexible to do yoga?

Doesn’t that sound almost as ridiculous as saying, ‘But what if my tooth hurts too bad to go to the dentist?’ Just begin right where you are. We’ll help you modify the poses so that you can practice in a way that feels challenging but not overwhelming. Everyone can enjoy the feeling of lightness and internal spaciousness that comes from improved balance in the body.

Q: What do I need to bring to my first class?

Just wear anything that you’re comfortable in that doesn’t restrict your movement. You are welcome to use our mats at no additional charge. Also, we recommend that you avoid eating a heavy meal right before class since some of the twisting and folding postures may cause a bit of discomfort!

Q: What are those weird looking ropes that I see on your website used for?

The wall ropes are an example of what are known in the yoga world as ‘props.’ These are fantastic tools that can help you experience some of the more challenging poses with stability and ease while reducing the risk of injury.

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