Answers To Frequently Asked Questions | Yoga/Meditation
Getting Started: Yoga (Beyond The Physical Postures)
What Is Yoga?
Yoga (little y), is a wholistic lifestyle practice that originated in ancient India. It involves using various tools, such as physical postures, breathing techniques, social and personal values, and concentration/meditation to promote body-mind wellness, inner peace, and spiritual growth. Yoga (big y) as a phenomena, has no physical origin (and can be found, to one extent or another, in all spiritual traditions across the globe). Yoga (big y) is a natural, but not inevitable, process of inner evolution to one’s True Self/greatest expression while manifested into physical form.
Can Anyone Practice Yoga?
Yes, anyone can practice Yoga, regardless of age, gender, and/or physical ability. There are various modifications, forms, and types of Yoga, and yoga postures and techniques can be adjusted to suit individual needs and abilities.
Getting Started: Meditation
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a mental practice that involves cultivating focus and concentration to train the mind with the ability to achieve greater states of mental clarity, relaxation, peace, and awareness.
What Are The Benefits Of Meditation?
Meditation can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and improve mental health, emotional wellbeing, and overall quality of life. It can also increase focus, concentration, and productivity, and it prepares it practitioners for higher spiritual connection.
Your Combined Practice
How Often Should I Practice Yoga And Meditation?
All of the time. It is recommended, however, that if you wish to engage in yoga and meditation as occasional practices, and not as lifestyle choices, that you practice yoga and meditation at least 2-3 times per week to experience the benefits. I encourage you to practice daily, or as often as you like, depending on your schedule and/or preference.
Do I Need Any Special Equipment To Practice Yoga And Meditation?
No, you don’t need any special equipment to practice yoga and meditation. However, it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and use a yoga mat or cushion for comfort and support. You can shop our affiliate company Gaiam to get the right gear to get started. If props and other equipment are required for any class (for example restorative sessions that require bolsters, blankets, pillows, etc, or Hatha sessions that require blocks or straps for modifications, you will be informed of this).
Learning And Growing Here
What Are The Benefits Of Practicing Yoga-Meditation Here?
Practicing yoga-meditation can improve body-mind health/wellness, flexibility, strength, balance, endurance, resilience, posture, and overall wellbeing. The practice can also reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and improve mental capacity, clarity, and focus. This is in addition to empowering its practitioners to achieve higher spiritual connection. Effectively applied to one’s life, Yoga-Meditation (at least on the Eight-Limbed path that we use as our foundation here) promises to empower one to achieve his/her greatest potential/purpose for being alive: to fully know/be her/his Highest Self, expressed, in this lifetime…to be Liberated.
Yoga and Meditation Education Tends To Be Really Expensive! Can I Afford Classes Here?
Yes. As a service to the eternal unifying Spirit that is in all of us regardless of external conditions and expressions, everyone who is a good match for this community, regardless of income, can afford to learn and grow here. Not only does everyone who is accepted/invited to join our community start out as a Free Spirit Member to set a solid foundation for learning here, but becoming a Full Student, at any level, is on a sliding scale, with full scholarships available to those facing critical financial constraints. There is an application process for joining, and anyone who wishes to learn from me will have to complete that process to participate. I only work with those who are truly committed to their Liberation and want to learn how to practice, or more effectively practice, Yoga-Meditation on the Eight-Limbed path. Both Free Membership status and advancement to Full Student status require approval, as does advancing to higher levels of participation here in general, where additional prerequisite exams/forms may also be needed to access certain services and content.
How Do I Start Practicing Yoga And Meditation, Here?
To start practicing yoga and meditation here, you can start browsing through the wide range of educational tools and resources available here. Afterward, you can apply to join our community and to participate in our courses and live classes (if you are accepted as a Student). If you are a beginner, we will start slowly and gradually building up in your practice to avoid injury and/or burnout.
Will Your Classes Be Hard?
Challenging? Yes. My work is to safely empower you to grow and evolve while holding you in unconditional positive regard at all times, supporting you to enjoy your journey/be gentle with yourself along the way. As a Teacher/Coach my work is to get you from where you are to where you strive to be in your Yoga-Meditation practice. And this involves supporting you to become skilled at empowering body-mind-ego purification/conditioning that progresses you to the right level of awareness that, then, allows you to know/understand and come into higher Truths/Realities that secure your aim of Liberation in this lifetime. Again, our main focus is for you to progress on your inner journey, and in order to ensure this progress, you will need intentional practice that can sometimes be challenging. I acknowledge, however, and have awareness of, where different people are at all times. And, therefore, knowing that not everyone has the right or same inner conditions/understanding, or skill to get to the goal right away, we will (in most cases) first work on developing what is necessary in order to proceed, which can, for some individuals (depending on what body-mind-ego “shape” they are in) be “hard.” Always remember, however, that I am a guide and a supporter, not your overlord. You are always in control of yourself and your journey, and you decide whether you want a mild, medium, or intense practice.
Can Yoga And Meditation Be Used As A Treatment For Medical Conditions?
Yoga and meditation can be used as a complementary support for various conditions, such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, high blood pressure, certain physical ailments, and so forth. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new practice, especially if you have a medical condition. Yoga and meditation do not replace medical treatment if you are ill.
Is It Safe To Practice Yoga And Meditation During Pregnancy?
Yes. Yoga and meditation can be safe and beneficial during pregnancy, but it is important to consult with a healthcare provider and a qualified yoga teacher who has training and experience in prenatal yoga. It is also recommended to avoid certain postures and to modify others to suit the changing needs of your body during pregnancy.
Are Your Classes Trauma-Informed?
Yes. I am a Certified Trauma Support Professional, and, I have worked with trauma survivors in numerous settings, both in my coaching business and in non-profit settings, across the United States throughout my career. I am also a trauma survivor with higher Universal Self-Awareness, a “black” woman who values and lives by ethical conduct (Yamas, Niyamas, Golden Rule , etc), and a human being who has compassion for others and possesses the painfully beautiful gift of empathy, so, this space is both trauma-informed, non-judgmental/non-assuming, and culturally competent/respectful to/for all beings.
What Are Your Certifications And Trainings?
To see the expanded list of my main trainings and certifications, please have a look here. Main certifications include: Certified Graduate-Level Evidence-Based Coach (EBC), Certified Trauma Support Specialist (CTSS), Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT/CYT), Certified Meditation Teacher (CMT).
How Do I Get Started?
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