"Yoga is the name given to an ancient practice that helps to create a sense of union in all aspects of ourselves; in body, mind and spirit. People have been practicing yoga for thousands of years in order to feel at peace with themselves. Moving your body into poses and exercises is the most commonly known form of yoga. In yoga you will become more aware of your breath and the inner workings of your body and mind. Yoga also helps you become healthier and happier by circulating vital life energy through all your body systems."
(Source: "KISS Guide to Yoga", Shakta Kaur Khalsa)
Forget those images of acrobatic backbends and pretzel-like postures! You are not required to be flexible nor in perfect physical shape to start your yoga practice. Yoga is very adaptable and exercises can be modified for different levels of flexibility.
We recommend consulting with your doctor first. After obtaining permission from your physician, you might want to consider starting with Hatha Beginner or classes taught in the hot room (Hot and Bikram yoga). It's a good idea to notify your teacher of your injury before beginning the class. Most importantly, always listen to your body and make sure you're never pushing beyond your own limits.
As a beginner, we recommend starting with either the Hatha Beginner, Ashtanga Basics, Bikram or Hot yoga. After attending a few beginners' classes, we suggest exploring the various classes we offer in order to identify which style and teacher is best suited to you.
Your yoga practice will be what you make it to be: gentle/vigorous, relaxing, spiritual, etc. Anyone can participate: men and women of all ages are welcome!
We practice yoga in a hot room (usually between 100 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit, or 38 to 41 degrees Celsius) in order to stimulate detoxification of the internal organs and increase flexibility and endurance. In general, our bodies are more flexible in a hot room than they are at normal room temperature.
We offer classes on a drop-in basis, therefore you can start your yoga practice at any time. We ask new students to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before the start of their first class to fill in a new student form and to receive a short orientation session.
The recommended clothing depends on how strenuous the class is and the temperature of the room. In general, we suggest wearing something you can move comfortably in. Tight, light, and fitted clothes are preferable for any of the classes in the hot room. Yoga is done barefoot therefore you do not need any special footwear.
When attending a class you will need a yoga mat (your own or one rented at the Centre) and water. For classes in the hot room you will also need a towel and a large bottle of water. Please note that mats are mandatory in the Hot room and also that rental mats are limited in number and therefore subject to availability, first come first served!
A daily practice is ideal but not accessible to all of us. We recommend a minimum of one 90-minute class per week. Any yoga is better than no yoga! It has been proven that transformation will occur more rapidly if you can sustain a regular practice.
We offer several services to make your experience a pleasant one. The Centre is open seven days a week and offers over 100 classes per week in styles that include Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Hot, Kundalini, Power and Prenatal yoga.
We offer rental services for mats, towels and lockers. Our facilities include showers and changerooms for both yogis and yoginis (in case you're wondering, "yogis" are male and "yoginis" are female yoga practitioners). The Rama Lotus Boutique offers a variety of books, videos, candles, incences, accessories, yoga clothing and more.
The sound of Om represents everything. The material world of the waking state is symbolized by the large lower curve. The deep sleep state is represented by the upper left curve. The dream state, lying between the waking state below and the deep sleep state above, emanates from the confluence of the two.
The point and semicircle are separate from the rest and rule the whole. The point represents the turiya state of absolute consciousness. The open semicircle is symbolic of the infinite and the fact that the meaning of the point can not be grasped if one limits oneself to finite thinking.
Approximately 200 years AD, a physician-sage named Patanjali divided the science of yoga in 8 basic beliefs.
(Source: "KISS Guide to Yoga", Shakta Kaur Khalsa)
There is still free parking available on Gladstone Ave. between Bank and Metcalfe. There are also plenty of 'Pay and Display' street parking spots in the area. Depending on the street, the parking is valid for 2 hours Mondays to Fridays and is free Saturdays and Sundays. There is an underground public parking lot in the Condo building directly beside the Rama Lotus Yoga Centre open 24/7. Prices are $2.50 for 30 minutes to a maximum of $10.00, evenings after 4pm, $5. There is also a parking lot 2 blocks away at Gilmour St. and Lewis St. (between Bank and O'Connor).
Please do not park directly across the street in the private parking spaces, in the Miele Gallery customer parking, in the Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Funeral Home parking spaces, nor in front of the PAI driveway. Many Thanks!
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