FAQs

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What is Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga?

It is a unique form of hatha yoga that incorporates the principles of Dr. Deepak Chopra’s international bestselling classic, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. This practice integrates 5,000-year-old Vedic wisdom and body-centered restful awareness techniques such as asana, meditation, pranayama, sun salutation series with Sanskrit mantras, and chakra opening practices.

Where are the yoga classes held?

All classes are held at the Yoga Center on the ground floor of the Chopra Center on the grounds of the La Costa Resort & Spa. You can either use self parking or valet parking which is complimentary.  Directions are available as well as a map of the resort.

Do I need a reservation or can I just show up for class?

No reservation is necessary, you can just show up. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class to allow ample time to park, check in with the instructor, ask questions, prepare for class, and relax on your mat. If you don’t have time to check in with the instructor before class, make sure to see the instructor afterwards.

What should I wear? Do I need a mat?

Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move and stretch in. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. Bring your own yoga mat. If you forget your mat, there may be extra yoga mats that you can use or you can buy one at our store.

Can I do yoga even if I’m not flexible?

Yes, you don’t have to be flexible to start your yoga practice. In the beginning, only go as far as feels comfortable. As you continue to practice, you will notice your flexibility increasing. Increased flexibility is one of the benefits of yoga.

I’m new to yoga. Where do I begin?

If you are new to yoga, start with the All Levels class. This class will help you improve your flexibility, balance, muscle tone, and endurance. For students with a regular practice, we recommend the All Levels or Level II class. If you have limited mobility or want to learn new ways to physically move at work or while traveling, you will enjoy the Chair Yoga class. If you have children, the Family Yoga class is a fun alternative.

What are the physical benefits of doing yoga?

Yoga offers a huge array of benefits including, improved blood circulation, more oxygen to the body, stress reduction, increased strength and flexibility, improved sleeping patterns, and toning of the digestive and endocrine systems.

Can I eat before class?

It’s recommended to refrain from eating two to three hours before class so your digestion is complete before class begins. This will help you have comfortable yoga practice. If you have a very active digestive system, a light snack such as a few nuts or a partial granola bar might be tolerated 30 minutes to an hour before class.

What does Yoga mean?

Yoga is a philosophy, a science and a way of life. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ which means “to unite.” Yoga is the “union” of mind, body, and spirit. When your physical, intellectual, and spiritual selves are working in union, your life becomes balanced. The practice of yoga enables you to achieve calmness, clarity, a sense of well-being, enthusiasm towards life, and peace of mind.

What does ‘Namasté’ mean?

Yoga instructors usually end class with the traditional “Namasté” (NAH-mah-stay). Namasté is a Sanskrit word that is translated literally as “I bow to you.” It is more commonly translated as “the divine light in me honors the divine light in you.” It’s a gesture of respect and honoring.

What does Om mean?

‘Om’ is a mantra often chanted during yoga classes for its vibrational quality. It is the universal sound, which represents the collective sound of all the vibrations in the universe.