Q. What is yoga?
A. While there are many different concepts of yoga historically and philosophically, the style we encounter in the West is the yogasana practice: the physical postures. This is a small part of what yoga has historically been, but no less important than the Eastern practices of meditation, mantra, devotion, and other more esoteric approaches. At Siddhi Yoga, yogasana will be the primary practice of yoga, but understanding the philosophy behind it will be emphasized as well. It will never be forced, dogmatic, or taught as a religion. It's merely one of many paths to understanding ourselves and the world around us.
Q. What is the philosophy of yoga?
A. There are many philosophies that embrace and conceptualize yoga and there are many different concepts of yoga. The majority are Eastern philosophies and most of those are understood as religions. However, yoga can be separated from that association, particularly in the West, and viewed as simply the "joining to the Self." The concept of the Self has strict definitions in Eastern Philosophy, but ultimately, Siddhi Yoga believes that it is up to the individual practitioner to discover and unveil their concept of Self and, through the practice of yoga, build a closer relationship to that understanding.
Q. What can i expect in a vinyasa yoga class?
A. You can expect to move, breathe, build some heat in the body, and learn things about your physical body and mental acuity that perhaps you weren't aware of prior. Or you'll just be challenged to try new things, fall down, and laugh!
The basic postures of a vinyasa class will include standing, sitting, kneeling, reclined, and balancing postures. The "vinyasa sequence" in its simplest form is plank, chaturanga, cobra/updog, and downdog. All students will be guided through those poses at the beginning of class, but they aren't required throughout the entirety of the flow. Skip the poses that don't feel good and ask your instructor if you don't understand!
Q. What does “flow” mean?
A. A yoga class that is described as a “flow class” will link the physical postures of yoga together like a dance, but don’t worry, it isn’t dancing and doesn’t require rhythm. Transitioning between the poses is just as important, skillful, and meditative as holding a pose for a few breaths. This style of class helps to enhance movement pathways in the body for greater agility, mobility, and mind/body awareness. Not only is it good for the body, but it’s good for the brain and nervous system. These linked postures will coincide with each inhale and exhale to the best of the practitioner’s ability, but when you need to take a breath that wasn’t explicitly cued by the instructor, do it! The greatest thing we can do for ourselves in our yoga practice is to breathe fully and honor what we need as individuals.
Q. what do i need to bring to class?
A. Your yoga mat if you have one (there will be a limited number of yoga mats available for rent at the studio) and a sealable water bottle are recommended. Optional things include a small towel if you think you'll need it (we have towels for rent) and any props you own and love (most props are available for use at the studio).
Wear comfortable clothing that you can move and stretch in - you know, gym clothes.
Q. how early should i show up?
A. Come at least five minutes prior to the start of class in order to get your shoes off, set up your mat, use the restroom, and get yourself situated. Doors will be locked promptly at the start of class time, so plan accordingly. You may not be able to get in once the doors have been locked.
Q. how do i know if i have enough experience for the classes?
A. All of our classes are considered “All Levels” and will be accessible for everyone. We do recommend a basic understanding of the "vinyasa sequence" (plank, chaturanga, cobra/updog, downdog) to attend flow classes, but this isn't required and you’ll receive plenty of instruction on how to move through these poses if they don’t sound familiar. Our instructors are there to guide and assist you in your practice. We routinely offer a Beginner Series that covers this exact sequence in depth for all students who want to check in with their experience level or just have an alignment reminder. If you aren't sure where you are in your practice, talk to an instructor! That's what we're here for!
Vinyasa Flow: This class follows the previously described flow style, linking poses together and incorporating breath with the movements. It typically begins with simple warm-ups that prepare the body for the full sequence of poses that will range from simple to complex. The poses may be standing, balancing, kneeling, laying down, use props, etc. Modifications will be instructed throughout the flow to make it accessible for every body and every level of practitioner.
Siddha Flow: This class is also a flow class, linking poses and breath, but will include optional more advanced transitions and poses. No student is required to do the more advanced poses! This class will also incorporate pranayama (breathwork), short dharma talks (philosophical concepts to consider during practice), mudras (hand gestures), and meditation (short and usually guided, but a nice introduction). It’s a chance to explore some of the other aspects of a yoga practice besides the physical postures.
Yin: This class is a great way to wind down from your busy day or a super active class. All Yin postures are reclined or seated and utilize yoga props, such as blocks, blankets, and straps, to support ease in each pose. The goal is comfort, relaxation, and gentle sensation in the body. It’s a quiet, low-key class that doesn’t require previous understanding or knowledge of any yoga or any athletic abilities.
Q. Do you have an intro special so I can try it out?
A. Of course! You can try us out for two full weeks of unlimited classes for just $25. It’s our Darśana Intro Special and it’s cheaper than most yoga studios in Milwaukee. You can purchase it here!
Q. What is the class schedule?
A. You can find the full class schedule and sign up for classes on MindBody here.
Q. How do i register for a class?
A. You can visit our Mind Body Online site and create an account, or just show up and we’ll take care of the paperwork in person. Allow yourself an extra five minutes before the start of class to fill it out and get yourself acquainted with the space.