Frequently Asked Questions
What religion is yoga?
Yoga is not a religion at all. It is a science of the breath and movement which brings balance into the body and mind. It develops in you the ability to look inward for the answers instead of seeking them outside of yourself.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a science more accurately a (branch of philosophy) with roots in ancient India that has evolved over the centuries. While it means something different for every person that practices it, the word “yoga” means, yoke, unite, or join together and is rooted in the art of oneness, or being connected and yoking to God or source. Throughout history, yoga has been split into various “schools” focusing on different aspects of yoga. Some schools focus on the physical body, others on mediation or breathing.
Why should I practice Ahava Yoga?
We take a holistic approach to the practice. We do physical postures to strengthen and stretch the body to prepare it for meditation. We meditate on the name and attributes of God, in doing so we seek to embody these characteristics in our daily life. We are focused on developing a community of heart centered, compassionate people committed to having a meaningful yogic practice. Ahava Yoga offers classes, workshops and Teacher Training programs.
How often should I take yoga class?
As often as you like! Because of the nature of yoga you can practice everyday if you like.
Should I eat before class?
It is ideal to practice on an empty stomach, or at least 1.5-2.5 hours after eating.
What should I wear?
Bring or wear comfortable clothes you can move easily in. Loose stretchy pants work best, with Tank tops or T-shirts. Yoga is practiced barefoot.
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. If you have none of these items, come and rent the mat first, and go from there.
What is Ahava Yoga?
Ahava (Ah-ha-vah) is a Hebrew word for “Love.” Love is more than just a word, it is an emotion that involves action. To this end we practice to embody Christ like love.
Ahava Yoga is a modern school of yoga that integrates the teachings of Jesus Christ with the more subtle aspects of yoga philosophy and classical hatha yoga asanas (postures). In this way it balances the nervous and glandular systems. You’ll chant, do physical postures (asana) and meditate to bring balance to the mental, and physical body. Through this process you’ll experience higher levels of consciousness.
Why do we chant?
Chanting is not religion specific. There is a science to sound and how it affects consciousness. Most yogic chants are in Sanskrit an ancient language of the yogis. Although chants are used from other languages. In Ahava Yoga we chant and meditate on the name of God and the qualities of Christ to expand consciousness and embody the teachings. The shape of the mouth and placement of the tongue as the words are spoken actually stimulate pressure points in the mouth, this creates a meditative state of mind by shifting energy in your brain.