FAQs and Information
Why do I have to fill out a health form as part of my registration?
At Blossom Yoga we are committed to your health and wellness. The health form helps us ensure that you have a safe and wonderful experience, and allows us to offer you alternatives if there’s a medical or common sense reason that you can’t participate in one of the planned excursions or classes.
Who will have access to the information I put on the health form?
All personal information is kept completely confidential. Only the blossom yoga instructor(s) leading the classes has access to your information.
What should I expect from Blossom Yoga ?
Specific daily schedules for each upcoming retreat are posted on the blossom yoga links, but in general, the schedule conforms to the flow of nature, while allowing sufficient time for private reflection .Most days include an additional, more physically challenging, yoga practice, Aerobics, Ayurvedic massage.
What should I bring to class?
Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle and a towel. We also have mats and bottled water is available for purchase.
What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing that is breathable. Preferably something that fits close to the body so we can help you with your alignment and posture, but there’s no need for a spandex cat suit.
What should I eat before class?
It’s generally a good idea to avoid eating a big meal 2-3 hours before class. If you’re hungry, a granola bar or banana will get you through class. Remember to drink water (or coconut water!) before and after class.
Are there any age requirements?
All ages are welcome in classes, but youth fewer than 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more advanced classes, Participants must be at least 16 years of age (parent or guardian permission required for those under 18).
What if I have an injury?
Yoga is a challenging practice for mind and body, but it is also low-impact and very accessible for people of all ages and abilities. If you have an existing injury (i.e., back pain, sprains) please let your instructor know and he/she will suggest alternate poses where applicable, to ensure that your practice is safe and comfortable.
What is happening in the body during Blossom yoga?
Muscles are contracted and stretched at a cellular, biochemical level. Lipids and proteins reorganize optimally in such stretching, allowing for better circulation. Joint mobility and range of motion is increased, and strength is built by the use of gravity. Muscles and joints are balanced. Blood and calcium are brought to the bones. Working against gravity strengthens the bones. The organs of the immune system within the bones (red marrow) are boosted. The lymph nodes are massaged, lymph is pumped throughout the body, and white blood cells are distributed throughout the body as the lymphatic system works more efficiently. There is compression and extension to the thymus, spleen, appendix and intestines; lungs are stretched and flushed out by increased blood circulation. The endocrine glands are encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones, and the communication between hormones and various glands and systems of the body is perfected. Toxins and waste are eliminated through the organs of elimination.
The nerves are stimulated by compression and extension, improving communication within the systems of the body and supplying fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout. The brain is stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure.
What will a regular Blossom yoga practice do for me?
A regular yoga practice:
- Regulates cholesterol in the blood
- Supplies oxygen and nutrients to parts of the body that have been blocked or stagnant
- Eliminates toxins
- Flushes the lymphatic system
- Strengthens the immune system
- Balances the endocrine glands
- Improves the spine’s flexibility and health
- Expands lung capacity and strengthens the heart
- Lubricates joints
- Strengthens bones, and stretches and tones the muscles
As we age our muscles tend to get stiffer, creating more pressure on the joints. By regular stretching we prevent this gradual stiffening and joint deterioration and that is why yoga has a rejuvenating effect. Through a regular workout we liberate a vast amount of energy which we can use in our daily life to feel more alive and self-fulfilled. We look, move and feel younger. The series works equally well for beginning as well as advanced students. Some days you won’t feel like coming at all – these are the days that yoga will benefit you the most. Yoga “house cleans” your body, mind and habits. Expect a change.
Can I lose weight?
YES! Whenever you are moving your body, you are burning calories. In a 90 minute yoga class you can burn between 250-400 calories. You’ll find as you feel better about your body, you’ll begin to make better food choices. Meanwhile, your cravings for sugar, salt and caffeine will decrease, and you’ll eat less junk – good news for your waistline!
Do I need to supplement my diet?
Everyone is different – it is a matter of listening to your body. If you’re feeling sluggish, dizzy or even nauseous during or after the class you may be dehydrated or mineral deficient. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. You might also like to try some electrolytes for a perfect ratio of sodium and potassium. Apple and celery juice work great, too.
How often should I practice?
As often as you can. “For great results, practice three times per week. For life changing results, practice six days per week, one class is better than nothing. Six classes per week (with one day rest) are amazing. !