To help you decide better

I am very stiff. Can I do Yoga?

Yoga is a journey within and flexibility doesn’t really matter. All practitioners are at different stages of this journey. There is no need to worry too much about your physical limitations. With constant practice you will be able to overcome them. The important thing is to build awareness irrespective of your flexibility level.

I already work out in gym. Why another physical activity? Or I am physically healthy. Why should I practice Yoga?

Yoga is not a mere physical activity which you do to keep your physical body healthy. In the modern world, our mind is dictated by our body and our actions. Although Yoga in the beginning looks like just another physical activity, the asanas are actually a tool to go deeper within ourself.

Will yoga help me reduce weight?

Yes definitely. But we need to understand that reducing weight is not as simple as loosing some x amount of calories. In Yoga the focus is to follow the right lifestyle and the pranic (energy) changes that takes place at much deeper level through constant practice. We need to understand that we are made of matter and energy. When we talk about losing weight we approach only from matter perspective without understanding the much subtle energetic aspects. Yoga works on subtle aspect. At much deeper level, the reason we gain weight is due to some changes in our lifestyle at physical, emotional, physic levels etc. We need to work on fixing the source through self-awareness gained from Yoga practice.

Will yoga help in curing my ailment- back pain, thyroid, arthritis, etc?

Whether you want it or not. Yoga has been known to cure those ailments :). You may have to attend private class if ailments cannot be handled in group class.

Will yoga help me de-stress?

We need to understand that Yoga is not just for physical body. Of course it works as an exercise at physical level but beyond that Yogic practices will activate our parasympathetic nervous system which will calm our mind.

I drink alcohol, eat non-vegetarian, and smoke a lot. Can I do Yoga?

You need not be a saint to practice Yoga. You can begin the Yoga journey at any point. Slowly and with constant practice your habits will change and you will lean towards a healthier lifestyle. Till then, enjoy the lifestyle which you think is right for you.

Will Yoga force me to adopt any religion?

Yoga is a way of life and journey to get connected with our body, mind and energy within us. It is not a religion and will not force anyone to adopt any religion. It is open to all.

Is Prayer mandatory?

Very good question. Some may believe in God and some may not. Those who come to the class may be from different religions. Prayer being in Sanskrit is a big dilemma for many. I confess that even I don’t worship God in the form of an idol. I believe that prayer is not to please any external object. Chanting prayer is a way to connect with our-self to establish the collective mindset (Bhava) required for the practice. If you so don’t want to chant then don’t chant . Thinking about not chanting and still chanting will create more contradiction within you and disturb your mind. If you don’t want to chant then just observe your breath till others finish prayer in a group class or for around 5 mins during your personal practice.

Do you have a separate class for women?

No. Due to lack of time it is not possible to conduct a separate class for women.

What style of Yoga is practiced at Yogavijnana?

Please refer to approach page

When can I start/join the class?

There is no perfect time for anything. Good things need not wait. Why wait Start as soon as you can. If you start in the middle of the month then you can pay fee on pro-rated basis for that month.

Do you have demo classes that can observe before deciding on taking up?

Yes, you can attend up to 2 demo classes for free before deciding.

Do I need to register myself? Is there a registration fee?

Yes, you need to register by paying nominal registration fee of 500/-

Do you conduct private classes?

Yes, for details please refer private class page

Will 3 days of class suffice? Why not 6 days?

Whether it is 3 days or 7 days a week, you will not learn to become independent and grow, unless you learn to practice on your own. I believe our main teacher is with-in us, unless we start learning from teacher with-in, our practice will be not fruitful. As long as you keep looking outwards for a teacher you will keep searching. If I stop teaching tomorrow, you will need someone else to tell you what to do. This will become an endless process. Just by attempting to practice on our own on the remaining days we will learn more. Dependency will stop our growth and your teacher’s practice can never become your practice. Teacher should just be a guide to make you stop searching outside and go with-in. I understand that as a beginner it would be difficult but it is worth an attempt. Let us accept that Yogic path is not easy. At some point you need to start, so start with the intention to find ourselves on remaining days.

What do we do in a self practice session?

You can practice whatever is taught in the regular class . This session is a chance for you to assimilate all the information collected during regular guided class. Without this the knowledge will remain just intellectual. Unless the teachings become part of your experience you will not learn them. I understand that it will be difficult at the beginning. You will not get the right sequence and practice randomly. To help you get a right sequence some sample sequences are displayed in the center. Yes, you may do many mistakes while doing asanas but as long as you are practicing with awareness nothing wrong will happen to you. Don’t worry . Overcoming our mistakes is a constant practice. Perfect asana is a myth

How do I practice at home without props?

You can use available resources at home as a prop. Once you get an idea you can be creative to find something which will act as a prop. Else you can always purchase props.

Do you teach Pranayama and meditation?

Yes it is taught separately and together with Yoga. Once you understand how they are very much integrated in your Yogic practice you will learn not to separate Pranayama and meditation from Yoga.

Should I carry a mat to the class?

We do sweat and can we imagine using someone’s mat . Beyond that having personal connect with the mat will help you in your progress.

What should I wear to the class?

Any comfortable, decent clothing will do. Just remember that you will be stretching and make sure that cloths will not hinder your practice.

Should I come on empty stomach?

Yes and No . You should not eat solid food before the practice. You should give 2-hours gap after light meal and 3 hours after heavy meal. But you can drink some liquid such as water or milk before the practice. It is recommended to drink water as the first thing in the morning.

To make you feel better

Should I come to class if I am unwell?

If you are so sick that you cannot get up from the bed or if you have fever then you don’t need to come. If you are suffering from anything else then please do come to the class. There are many Yogic techniques to treat and heal ailments. When you are sick you will not be part of regular class but rather you will be practicing some other practice to make you feel better. Just inform me as soon as you come.

Can I come to the class during my menstrual cycle?

Yes but there are some things you should not do during the cycle. Just inform me about it and it will be taken care. There are certain techniques to make you feel better during the cycle.

Should I come to class if sleepy or tired?

Yes, If you are tired you will be asked to do something that energies you. If you are feeling sleepy then the practice will wake you up or will put you in much more relaxing sleep

Is it ok to drink water during the class?

It is not recommended to drink water during practice

Can I eat immediately after the class?

This varies depending on the kind of practice you do but as a general rule you can eat after around 20-30mins after practice.