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 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 sealed water bottle are recommended. Optional things include a small towel if you know you'll need it and any props you own and love (some 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 Levesl” and will be accessible for everyone. We do recommend a basic understanding of the "vinyasa sequence" (listed above) to attend flow classes, but this isn't required. It will help you to keep up with the class and really get into the meditative movement, but our instructors are there to guide and assist. We offer the Beginner Flow 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!
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 on MindBody here.
Q. How do i register for a class?
A. You can either visit our Mind Body Online site, or save time and do it below!