New to Yoga?

Welcome to Jai Yoga!

Here are some answers to those big yoga questions. Should you have any other concerns or queries, do not hesitate to call us 207.725.7874 or send us an email.

We love to share what we know of Yoga!

What is Yoga?
What are the benefits of taking a Jai Yoga class?
What does “Jai” mean?
Is Yoga a religion?
Who can do Yoga?
Which class would be right for me as a beginner?
What is a typical class like?
What should I wear?
Come on an empty stomach.
Do I need to bring anything?
What else should I know?


What is Yoga?

Yoga is a philosophy and practice that began in India some 5,000 years ago. Its main goal is to know the self and foster overall health and happiness. The term yoga comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “union.” The practice of yoga includes physical, mental, and spiritual exercises meant to unite our body, mind and spirit. There are many different styles of yoga, but each has at its core this purpose.

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What are the benefits of taking a Jai Yoga class?

    • You’ll feel great! After just one class, our students say they feel deeply relaxed and recharged with great peace of mind.

    • Jai Yoga is great exercise! With regular practice, you will gain strength and flexibility; improve cardiovascular fitness, coordination and balance.

    • Jai Yoga is also enjoyable exercise! Yes, people like being in our yoga classes, not just the results they achieve because of them.

    • Jai Yoga is more than great exercise! We work with your whole person! In our classes you’ll learn tools that you can use in your daily life to prevent and release stress. Many students also report an overall sense of well-being, a more positive outlook and improved concentration as benefits of taking our yoga classes.

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What does “Jai” mean?

Jai is a Sanskrit word that is used as an exclamation of wonderment, admiration, and deep respect. It could be translated as “WOW!” “Awesome” or “Many Glories!” It is a simple word that describes how hugely inspired we are by the practices of yoga!

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Is Yoga a religion?

No. It is not necessary to follow any religious path to practice yoga. At Jai Yoga we thoroughly believe there is room for all experiences and beliefs in our group human experience. Our yoga classes do exercise your whole person. If spirituality or religion is part of who you are, your yoga practice may deepen that connection.

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Who can do Yoga?

Anyone can practice yoga and reap its many benefits! Yoga is non-competitive and was designed to help all body types and levels of fitness. Whether you are confined to a bed or are able to run a marathon, Yoga has something to offer you. Folks who aren’t flexible are the perfect candidates for yoga as they see the effects almost immediately.

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Which class would be right for me as a beginner?

If you are new to Yoga we recommend trying our Basics series. This class covers the fundamentals of safe yoga practice. You’ll learn essential postures, alignment, breathing techniques and relaxation. You’ll find yourself in an extra-supportive environment with other new-to-yoga students. Eight consecutive basics classes will give you all you need to begin a practice at home and to fully participate in our other classes. See our Beginner Classes page for more info.

If you feel that you have special needs, injuries or sensitivities that may make your participation in our group classes difficult, please call or email us.We’d be happy to discuss options available to you.

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What is a typical class like?

We begin each class with a centering to shift your focus from your busy day and external influences to your inner thoughts, sensations and emotions. You’ll then be guided through a series of warm-ups and yogic exercises known as asanas or postures. Your class may also include breathing exercises and meditation practices. Near the end of class, your teacher will guide you in a practice of deep relaxation. We often include a reading of a poem or quotation in class. You are encouraged to move at your own pace, honoring the abilities and limitations of your unique body.

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What should I wear?

Wear clothes that allow you to move freely. Sweat pants, leggings, or shorts are all appropriate. A simple tee shirt or tank works well. If you are often cool, layering a light sweater, sweatshirt or fleece over your shirt is a good idea. You don’t need any special footwear since we practice yoga barefoot.

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Come on an empty stomach

In yoga class, we twist from side to side, bend forward and backward and sometimes turn upside down. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. So it is a good idea to refrain from eating for 2 hours before class. If you feel you may get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts or juice about 30 minutes before class.

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Do I need to bring anything to begin?

All you need to practice yoga is your body, an open mind and a bit of curiosity. We provide mats and other props. Water is also provided. As your practice develops you may want to buy your own yoga mat to bring to class, but always feel welcome to use our mats.

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What else should I know?

If it will be your first visit to Jai Yoga, it is a good idea to arrive 10-15 minutes early for your class. This will give you time to tour the space, meet the instructor and let them know of any health concerns or injuries you are working with. We will also ask you to fill out a release form and health questionnaire.

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