Frequently Asked Questions


Yoga FAQs

What is yoga?
Yoga is a tradition and a science with roots in ancient India that has evolved over centuries to embrace the wisdom of many places and times. Although it means something different to each person, it is rooted in oneness or returning to the Source. Throughout history, it has been split into various “schools” focusing on different aspects of yoga. Each branch is of the same tree, the tree of the Self. Yoga means union.

Why to come to Yoga Santa Fe?
Yoga Santa Fe is focused on developing a community so we can have a meaningful yogic practice and a yogi life. We are dedicated to meeting our students’ needs; from an everyday practice, to preparing for one special day, such as birth. Yoga Santa Fe offers kundalini yoga classes every day of the week taught by highly experienced teachers, also holding workshops and special events each month.
Profound healing opportunities at GRD Health Clinic, books and yoga products are available to enhance your practice at Purest Potential. Yoga Santa Fe  is committed to offering students  inspiring classes as well as a whole yogic lifestyle.

YSF-Promo-1.19.14-132What is kundalini yoga?
Kundalini yoga uses breath, yogic postures and meditation to help maintain a healthy spine helping to strengthen the nervous and glandular systems. Each class can help one become aware of much more than just the strength of the body. It helps to facilitate a change physically as well as emotionally and spiritually. Kundalini yoga is yoga for the mind, body, and spirit.
Kundalini Yoga balances the nervous and glandular systems. You’ll chant, do physical postures and meditate to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. You’ll experience your highest consciousness so you can find sacred purpose in your life.

Why do some people wear turbans?
Some people choose to cover their heads with natural cloth to protect the solar centers that become very sensitive as we begin to deeply meditate.

What is asana?
Asana is Sanskrit for physical posture.

What is pranayama?
Prana is Sanskrit for life force, and the gross manifestation of prana is breath. Yama is Sanskrit for control, so pranayama means breath control. Operating under the understanding that breath is the source of life, by learning to control the breath, we learn to control ourselves. We use pranayama in preparation for–and often in conjunction with—meditation, as well as during asana practice.

How often should I take yoga classes?
As often as you like! Everyday is a great day to practice.

What religion is yoga?
Yoga is not a religion at all. It is a science of the breath and movement.

Should I eat before class?
It is ideal to practice on an empty stomach, or at least 2 1/2 hours after eating.

What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes you can move easily in are best for yoga. Tank tops or T-shirts and loose, stretchy pants work best. Yoga is practiced barefoot. You can change into your clothes upon arrival.

What should I bring?
A yoga mat, shawl or light blanket, and an eye covering are recommended. You may also want to bring a meditation pillow.  We provide yoga mats, blankets and pillows for no extra charge.

Which class should I take?
We recommend trying as many different teachers as possible for beginners.  We make this easy for you by offering a 7 day for $7 pass for all new students.  If you have specific questions (a bad back, a strong desire for a meditation centered class, etc) talk to someone at the desk, and he/she will be able to help advise you to the best class for you.

Do I need to register in advance?
No. Just come a few minutes early to check in at the desk and acquaint yourself with our center.

Why do we chant?
Chanting is not religion specific. Most yogic chants are in either Sanskrit or Gurmukhi, both ancient languages of the yogis. The shape the mouth makes and the placement of the tongue as the words are spoken actually stimulate pressure points in the mouth, bringing about a meditative state of mind by shifting energy in your brain.

What is a kriya?
A kriya is a set of specific postures and chants to bring about a specific outcome such as increased love, prosperity, flexibility, etc.
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