Read on for Frequently Asked Questions -
1. What is Yoga?
Yoga can be traced back to ancient India more than 5,000 years ago. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning to join or a union. Conceptually, yoga is the practice of fully uniting the body, mind and spirit.
2. Is Yoga a Religion?
Yoga is not a religion - Yoga is totally non-denominational; it’s a universal form of spiritual practice that can be adopted with equal benefit by people of all religions and no religion at all.
3. What does Namaste mean? Why does my teacher say it in class?
Namaste is a Sanskrit word meaning "The light in me bows to the light in you". We like to close every class with this word, symbolizing unity and acceptance for one and all.
4. How can I prepare for my first yoga class?
We advise new students to wear comfortable clothing and bring bottled water to their first class. Please listen to your body - it is your practice and only you can decide what feels good and what dosen't. Trust yourself - if that is the only thing you take away from class, that's enough! Please arrive 15 mins before start time and let your teacher know its your first class. Then just flow and enjoy the experience!
5. I've never done yoga before - Im not flexible. Help!
Its totally ok to be a newbie! Just let your instructor know and they'll be glad to assist in any way they can. Flexibility is not a pre-requisite to yoga - just be aware of your breath and listen to your body and you will do just great!
Our yoga classes are designed to lengthen and expand muscles while helping one release toxins that build up in our bodies over time. Becoming more flexible is a great by-product of yoga, but the ultimate goal is to live more mindfully in one's mind, body and spirit. This benefit will occur with time, regardless of whether or not one can touch one's toes!
6. I have never heard of Kids Yoga. Why would I enroll my child in Kids Yoga?
"If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we can eliminate violence from the earth within one generation." - The Dalai Lama
Children are not immune to stress. When they experience a stressful situation, they may not know how to handle their emotions and sometimes tend to explode at the world(parents/siblings/teachers/friends). Wouldn't it be wonderful, for everyone concerned, to teach our kids how to self-soothe? The most significant benefit of a regular yoga practice is the art of Self-Regulation or the ability to calm oneself down. Why not set up our children for success by introducing these stress-busting techniques early in life? At Kind Karma, we have made yoga and meditation appealing to children through lots of interaction, fun and games, dance, music and songs. Kids respond beautifully to these techniques as we team up with parents to create a kind and happy universe - one child at a time!
7. My child is not flexible at all - can she still do yoga? Is it safe for her?
Yoga actually promotes flexibility; it is not a pre-requisite to be flexible in order to do yoga. Our kids yoga classes do not involve any vigorous yoga - we start off "playing" yoga in an effort to get children to be aware and mindful of their time during the class. As the child advances in age and practice, we introduce harder poses to challenge them and keep them interested. Additionally, kids' bodies are typically much more flexible compared to adults - kids' safety is our top priority and our instructors keep a keen eye on each and every child during class.
8. I'm worried my child will not last the 60min class - she is fidgety and easily distracted.
Our instructors are well trained to handle kids of varying attention spans. Besides, we do not do 60 mins of straight yoga - each class is full of games and fun activities to keep the kids' minds and bodies active and involved. We are not concerned with how perfect the child's yoga poses are - our priority is making sure the child feels acknowledged and safe, and is having fun in a non-competitive/loving atmosphere!
9. I do not know how to meditate and neither does my child. Help!
Knowledge of Meditation is not required to do yoga. There is no special skill or materials required to meditate. Knowing how to meditate or relax is a very important life-skill and sadly, an uncommon one these days. Adults and kids alike are stressed out and are not able to get their minds and bodies to be still. At Kind Karma, every class will have several minutes of meditation or relaxation. We actually prefer to call it "Relaxation" - its somehow less intimidating than "Meditation"! Our humble goal is to have our yogis of all ages practice being relaxed and calm in the midst of any/all daily problems.
10. I arrived a few minutes late and the entry door was locked. Why?
We lock our yoga studio doors during class for the safety and security of our students. Our priority is to begin and end each class on time. We recommend getting to the studio 7-10 minutes before class starts so you can drop off your child at her studio and then walk over to the adult studio to get your yoga on!
11. Is there a viewing area where parents can watch their kids do yoga?
Unlike other movement-based activities like dance/tennis/soccer, yoga is not a performance. The focus is entirely on how one feels and not on how one looks while performing yoga. Yogis are encouraged to develop a relationship with one's own body and mind by listening to one's body v/s telling the body what to do. Due to yoga being a personal journey, there are no viewing area or mirrors in our studios.
12. Can parents wait on site while kids attend classes?
If parents are not attending class, we request they leave our premises and return to pick up their child when class has ended. There is usually only one teacher on site and to ensure our students' safety, it is our policy to keep our front doors locked during class.