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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is yoga? Yoga is an ancient and timeless art, science, and philosophy that emphasizes spiritual/ethical guidelines for living (Yamas and Niyamas) and daily practice of postures (Asana) and breathing (Pranayama).
Is yoga a religion? Yoga is Hindu in origin but ecumenical in nature. It is not a religion; it is a philosophy clearly premised in moral and spiritual principles. Whether you do yoga for physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual reasons, yoga has a transformative effect on your overall health and vitality, your awareness of self and others, and your capacity for integrity and compassion.
Will I learn how to meditate? Standard Meditation techniques and methods are not taught at BodyWise, though you will find that practicing the postures and breathing develop concentration, clear the mind, and have a calming, yet energizing, effect.
What type of yoga is taught at BodyWise?

BodyWise teaches a method of hatha yoga evolved by living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, who was on the cover of Time Magazine in 2004 as one of the world's Most Influential People. He was invited to China at the age of 92 in 2011 by the Chinese government, to introduce his powerful, integrated system to teachers in China. He continues to teach to this day!

Who is B.K.S. Iyengar?

Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar is a world-renowned yoga master and author of several books, including the classic Light on Yoga. His intense practice and over 80 years of teaching have produced significant contributions, specifically 1) emphasis on standing poses to develop strength, stability, stamina, concentration, and body alignment; 2) innovative use of props such as wall ropes, benches, straps, blocks, blankets, and chairs which allow students to reap the benefits of postures before they are able to do them on their own; and 3) therapeutic applications of yoga to remedy various ailments and stress. The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute is in Pune, India, where Mr. Ieyngar’s son and daughter, Prashant and Geeta, are principal teachers and co-directors.

He had his 93rd birthday in December, 2011, and maintains an amazing practice to this day, profoundly teaching us how to change our own yoga practice as we age. He is the author of Light On Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Light on Life, other books and numerous articles.

What do I have to know for my first class? You do not have to be young, flexible, or in any particular shape to start a yoga class. If you are under treatment with some other health provider, please communicate these to your teacher prior to the start of the class. Yoga is done in bare feet. Wear clothing that gives when you move, does not restrict breathing, and allows a teacher to see your joints. Shorts or leggings are suggested. No baggy pants, as they obscure vision, and the teachers cannot help you as well as they are able. Please refrain from using heavily scented products. It is recommended that you not eat for 1-2 hours prior to class. Yoga poses (Asanas) are taught progressively and sequentially. Please, in consideration of others and for the prevention of injury, be prepared to start class on time.
How do I get to BodyWise BodyWise Yoga Studio, after being in Bankers Hill on Fourth Avenue for almost 30 years, now has classes in two locations:  Lotus Sanctuary, 1792 W. Washington St., at the foot of Washington and India (see map and schedule), or at LifeTab Health at 2333 First Avenue (at Kalmia) on Wednesday evenings at certain times. Off-street parking is available at both locations.

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