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June 5, 2009

Yoga.  A fulfilling practice to find balance, mental clarity and inner peace.  And to kickstart your journey to tranquility, here a few suggestions from our resident yoga expert, Kimberly Wilson, to get your down dog on in style and ease.

Can I do yoga if I’m not flexible?

Absolutely.  It doesn’t matter if you’re stiff as a board or flexible as Gumby, yoga will improve your flexibility, balance, and core strength.

What do I need for my yoga habit?

The essentials are a yoga mat, a hand towel, and water. You may be able to rent a mat and hand towel if you don’t have your own.

What should I wear?

Comfy clothes that stretch as you move. Dress in layers to stay comfortable as your body warms and cools throughout the practice.  Black pants, camis with built-in support, and wrap- around tops are great for class, and transition fabulously for pre- and post-practice activities.

What else should I bring to class?

While practiced by swamis, yoga needn’t be an austere practice.  Add some luxury with body wipes, rosewater facial mist to freshen-up, and rosebud salve (glosses lips, controls hair frizzies, and soothes dry skin all in one little tin).  And voilà, you’re refreshed with a post-practice glow and ready to rock the town.

What is Namaste?

You will hear this at the end of class and may even be greeted this way. It is a gesture acknowledging the divine spark within each of us that translates as "I salute the divine within you from the divine within me."

To perform this gesture, place your hands in prayer position at the heart center, feel the thumbs connect to your heart center, close your eyes, and bow your head. This is a form of respect and gratitude.  And the modern yoga girl approaches others, who are all her teachers, with respect and honor.