Mind. Body. Breath.
Developed in India, yoga is a physical discipline with roots going back about 5,000 years. Today, this unbroken tradition can be found all over the world. Most yoga practices in the West focus on the physical postures called asanas, breathing exercises called pranayama, and meditation. However, there's more to it than that, and the deeper you go, the richer and more diverse the tradition becomes.
At Balance we believe in movement because we understand that movement is life! Most our instructors teach a Vinyasa Style Yoga, where students will be guided through a fun and invigorating class that is based on linking movement with breath (Vinyasa). Expect a different class each time you come. Expect to sweat and always, expect to have fun!
Each of our instructors has a unique teaching style and come from different backgrounds; including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Iynegar, as well as Restorative. Classes are designed to build your strength, balance and flexibility as well as inspire peace and tranquility. All of our instructors have been certified to teach yoga and demonstrate the qualifications necessary to be registered with the Yoga Alliance.
Classes are suitable for all levels, from the experienced yogi to the beginner! We encourage you to try different instructors to find the class that is most meaningful to you. Regardless of age, experience, or level of flexibility, everyone can practice yoga at Balance. Yoga is for everybody.
At Balance we strive to bring you the best yoga instructors that South Walton has to offer in a studio that is clean, warm and supportive. Although we offer a variety of classes and instructors all of our classes share one thing in common-a comfortable safe space in which to explore the body and mind.
Yoga is a daily practice. For good results practice 2-3 times a week. For profound life changes practice 5-6 times a week!
Frequently Asked Questions About Yoga
- How many times a week should I do yoga?
Yoga is amazing - any amount of time that you can dedicate to it will provide you with its benefits. Don't let time restraints or unrealistic goals become an obstacle. Practice when you can and don't worry about it - any yoga is better than no yoga. We recommend that you practice 3-5 times a week for a consistently, healthy practice.
- What are the benefits of yoga?
With regular practice, yoga can create flexibility, build strength, and develop stamina. In addition to affecting the musculoskeletal system, the postures can assist internal body functions. Most postures increase circulation, which can positively affect the respiratory and nervous systems. Bringing the systems and organs of the body into balance naturally has a positive effect on your mental well-being as well.
- I'm not flexible - can I do yoga?
Yes! Everyone can practice yoga. Many people think that they need to have physical flexibility to begin yoga, but the only requirement is a flexible and open mind! Come as you are and you will find that your yoga practice will help you gain flexibility as well as strength, coordination, enhanced cardiovascular health, physical confidence, mental clarity, and overall well-being.
- Is it okay to practice yoga while pregnant?
Yoga can help strengthen the pelvic area, normalize function..thyroid function and blood pressure, and help keep you calm and relaxed - all of which is good for you and the baby, too. If your doctor/midwife gives you the go ahead, it's okay to continue attending regular yoga classes while you are pregnant as long as you were practicing before conception. Attending a specific pre-natal yoga class is also a good alternative and may be best for women who have never practiced yoga before. Yoga is a great way to keep fit during pregnancy, but there are very important precautions to take within different trimesters. In general, you want to avoid strain, compressing the belly or abdomen and inverted postures. Inform your instructor prior to class so that appropriate modifications can be given.
- What's the difference between yoga and stretching?
The physical aspect of yoga is unique because of the connection between movement of the body and fluctuations of the mind with the rhythm of the breath. This inward focus cultivates awareness and mindfulness.
- Can anyone do yoga?
In general yes, you should always practice within your limits and abilities. Modifications are generally given for all levels. However, if there are pre-conditions due to injury or accidents you may want to consult a doctor before participating. Also please inform the studio/instructor if any of the poses are painful. You should not continue if you feel pain. We aim to create a safe, nurturing environment for our students to learn and absorb at their own levels.
- What do I need to begin taking yoga classes?
All you really need is your body, mind and bit of curiosity. Your clothing should be simple and comfortable to allow complete freedom of movement. However, avoid overly baggy clothing which can become distracting to you during inverted postures and also restricts the instructor from seeing your alignment. You will practice barefooted. As your practice develops, you will probably want to purchase your own yoga mat. We have mats, straps and blocks available to purchase in our retail store.
- Do I need to pre-register?
No. If you are a first time student, please arrive 15-20 minutes before the start of class to fill out a short form, meet the instructor and get settled on your mat.