For me, Freedom Journey represents the on-going path we take toward liberation. I think of liberation as that inward feeling of being cut loose from the confining restrictions we place on ourselves, mentally. For many of us, these restrictions were imposed upon us as children in school, through religion, upbringing, and as we grew older, our experiences in the world. We form judgments and blame and create inner rules…some of which are necessary to be law-abiding citizens, and some are appropriate for healthy boundaries and having a clear moral compass. Some, though, are just things we make up! We then go about our lives, living under the self-imposed structures we create which inhibit our ability to experience joy and consciousness.
Through yoga, I believe we can begin to taste what it feels like to cut loose from those mental ropes that bind us so. We focus on ourselves in a deeper way, becoming the Witness to what we observe within ourselves and within our bodies. We then create deeper connections in our relationships and in our communities, and then our earth, and the Universe!
What if I’ve never taken a yoga class?
Part of what makes yoga different from other forms of exercise is that it is very individual and not at all competitive. So, we can work with you and your body to figure out how to make the yoga poses work with you. There are different variations and levels so that all students can find a way that works for them. There are also props available to help with this process.
What do I need to bring to class?
I recommend having your own yoga sticky mat. These are readily available these days, at most stores like Target and Walmart. Sports equipment stores also carry them, as well as some of the more healthy-minded grocery stores like Whole Foods. You may also find them on-line, through many companies. I also like using a firm, folded blanket upon which to sit. This helps keep the spine lifted so one can sit more comfortably, for longer periods of time. It can also be used as a sort of soft block, rolled up as a bolster, and then used as a blanket if you become chilled during relaxation. I do have extra mats and a blanket available at class. I also provide straps and have some blocks. Some people like to have their own supply of these things, and some people don’t like to use them at all. You may want to try a few classes first to find out what works for you, and what you’ll need.
What do I wear?
Comfortable, stretchy clothes that are not too loose. You don’t want your shirt to fall down if you’re standing on your head! So, something somewhat clingy works. Most women wear some sort of yoga pants and a fitted shirt, and men typcially wear longish shorts and a fitted t-shirt or one they can tuck in. Most people practice yoga barefoot.
What if I’m late or need to leave early?
It’s best if you can set aside the full time for class…this is more conducive to your own experience as well as others in class. That said, we all face delays at some point. Please enter class as quietly as possible and place your mat quietly on the floor (they can be noisy upon unrolling them). If you need to leave early, try to do it before final relaxation time so you don’t disrupt the tranquility and quiet during that time.
Is it okay to eat before class?
It’s best not to eat right before class. I suggest eating a small meal well ahead of time, allowing at least an hour before class. Or just a light snack if it’s within the hour, then eat afterwards.
Is it okay to drink water during class?
Some teachers believe otherwise, but this is Colorado where altitude and dryness are a constant. In my classes, you may drink all the water you like, before, during and after class.
What if I have a bad knee (or shoulder, or hip, or back, or neck…)?
Most people, especially those over a certain age, experience issues with their bodies. You are not alone! We will explore different ways to make the postures work for you. Each of us experiences even the same injuries or illnesses in different ways, so we will approach yours with fresh eyes, and figure out how to modify poses to make them work. Many of the poses have a variety of levels within which you may find the “right spot” to hold a pose. I speak often in class about what we are looking for within each pose. AND, you may always feel free to ask questions and ask for help! That said, you know your body best, so being cognizant of your own limitations is key to avoiding injury.
What do I do with my stuff during class?
I ask that you leave your shoes and bags near the door of our room, and have only those things which you need for class in the practice space.
Where do I park?
Around the Masonic Temple, there is a lot of parking on Oak St., and some on Howes. There is a two-hour limit to parking during the day classes. Some people use the Key Bank parking area if they are customers there. Some people walk or ride their bikes to class also!
Can I use a credit card to pay for classes?
I prefer checks or cash for payment on sessions, and it’s the only payment method for drop-ins. If you’d prefer to use a credit card, you may do so for full session prices. Contact me for more information.
Why is there yoga at the Masonic Temple?
Our classes have nothing to do with the Masons and they are kind enough to rent spaces to people like me. So, this is rental space only, and not affiliated with the Masons or any of their organizations.
Will yoga go against my religion?
Yoga is not a religion. For some of us, it is part of our spiritual practice, though that is a very individual decision. You will not be given any dogma or even philosophies that go against any religion. We do chant the sound OM in some of the classes. This is akin to saying Amen, and part of the tradition in yoga classes.