Frequently Asked Questions:

What is yoga?
Yoga is a tradition and a science with roots in ancient India that has evolved over centuries to embrace the wisdom of many places and times. Although it means something different to each person, it is rooted in oneness or returning to the Source. Throughout history, it has been split into various “schools” focusing on different aspects of yoga. Each branch is of the same tree, the tree of the Self. Yoga means union.
Why should I practice at Golden Bridge?
Golden Bridge is focused on developing a community, a village, so we can have a meaningful yogic practice and a yogi life. We are dedicated to meeting our students’ needs; from an everyday practice, to preparing for one special day, such as birth. Golden Bridge offers over 100 classes per week taught by highly experienced teachers, also holding workshops and special events each month. Delicious organic food at the Nite Moon Cafè, books and music to enhance your practice in the Golden Bridge Marketplace. Golden Bridge is committed to offering students a inspiring classes as well as a whole yogic lifestyle.
Why does Golden Bridge offer so many different kinds of classes?
Each of the schools of yoga is valuable, and in a continuing effort to meet the varying needs of individual students, we offer a variety of classes.
What is the difference between Kundalini and Hatha yoga?
Hatha yoga is the physical branch of the yoga tradition and focuses on the structure of the body to help relieve stress and to provide strength in one’s mind and body. In learning the asanas (yogic postures) of Hatha yoga, a sense of health and vitality is created to help prepare for meditation. Hatha yoga can decrease stress, regulate metabolism, and heal many physical ailments. Practitioners leave class with a deeper connection to their bodies, muscular flexibility, strength, relaxation, concentration, and overall well-being and health.

Kundalini yoga uses breath, yogic postures and meditation to help maintain a healthy spine helping to strengthen the nervous and glandular systems. Each class can help one become aware of much more than just the strength of the body. It helps to facilitate a change physically as well as emotionally and spiritually. Kundalini yoga is yoga for the mind, body, and spirit.
How often should I take yoga class?
As often as you like! Everyday is a great day to practice.
What religion is yoga?
Yoga is not a religion at all. It is a science of the breath and movement.
What is a community class?
A community class is offered at half price as a service to the community. It’s an opportunity for the teacher and Golden Bridge to give to students who may not be able to pay full price. This way, everyone is able to practice yoga.
Should I eat before class?
It is ideal to practice on an empty stomach, or at least 2 1/2 hours after eating.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes you can move easily in are best for yoga. Tank tops or T-shirts and loose, stretchy pants work best. Yoga is practiced barefoot. You can change into your clothes upon arrival.
What should I bring?
A yoga mat, shawl or light blanket, and an eye covering are recommended. You may also want to bring a meditation pillow. You may rent a yoga mat for $1 or purchase any of these items at our store. If you have none of these items, come and rent the mat first, and go from there.
Which class should I take?
We recommend trying as many different styles as possible for beginners. One of the best gifts about Golden Bridge is you can mix and match your classes to suit your needs. If you have specific questions (a bad back, a strong desire for a meditation centered class, etc) talk to someone at the desk, and he/she will be able to help advise you to the best class for you.
Do I need to register in advance?
No. Just come a few minutes early to check in at the desk and acquaint yourself with our center.

Kundalini

What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga balances the nervous and glandular systems. You’ll chant, do physical postures and meditate to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. You’ll experience your highest consciousness so you can find sacred purpose in your life.
Why do some people wear turbans?
Some people choose to cover their heads with natural cloth to protect the solar centers that become very sensitive as we begin to deeply meditate.
What is Sat Nam Rasayan?
SNR is an ancient yogic healing art based on a specific meditative state of consciousness. This transcendent state produces a subtle healing by relaxing people at such a deep level that blocks and resistance to life dissolves. Self-limiting concepts and attitudes start to drop away.
Why do we chant?
Chanting is not religion specific. Most yogic chants are in either Sanskrit or Gurmukhi, both ancient languages of the yogis. The shape the mouth makes and the placement of the tongue as the words are spoken actually stimulate pressure points in the mouth, bringing about a meditative state of mind by shifting energy in your brain.
What is a kriya?
A kriya is a set of specific postures and chants to bring about a specific outcome such as increased love, prosperity, flexibility, etc.
What is the Cleanse?
The cleanse is a nine day program using Kundalini yoga, Chinese herbs, Hydrotherapy and an organic vegan diet to help create a balance in the body. While on the cleanse, you will learn what foods are alkaline and most beneficial in supporting optimum health. Every morning, you will be led through uplifting yoga classes to help detoxify the body and given meditations to clear the mind. The Golden Bridge Nine Day Cleanse is designed to promote a great change in one’s mind, body, and spirit.

Family Yoga

Family Yoga is a class where families can gather with their children (all ages) and do Kundalini yoga and meditation together. So much fun and a great workout! Yoga, meditation, dancing, and topic study. Bring everyone: dads, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles! Children under 16 are free! Any baby over 6 weeks old is welcome.

How far along do I need to be to take prenatal yoga?
We recommend you take prenatal classes once conception has occurred, or as soon as you are aware you are pregnant. If you do attend a regular class, let the teacher know you are pregnant, and avoid any postures that involve pressure on the pelvis, navel, or heavy breathing.
What is the Childbirth Education Series?
A 4-week series taught by Akal Kaur, RN. It’s open to couples at least 20 weeks into pregnancy and focuses on helping the mother and father prepare themselves for the birth of their child. This series gives the knowledge and techniques for a meaningful, spiritual birth experience. It is available most months.
How old should my baby be for the mommy and me class?
We recommend bringing your baby once he/she is 6 weeks old.
Can I bring my child to class with me?
Yes. Kundalini classes are open to anyone. Please just be aware of your child’s presence. On Wednesdays, during the 10:30 am Women’s class, babies not yet crawling are most welcome. We do advise Mamas bring their crawlers and walkers to the Mommy and Me classes so both can enjoy a full yoga class designed just for them.
What if I’m running late?
Kundalini classes are open to all latecomers. We would prefer you get some practice rather than no practice.

Hatha Yoga

What is Hatha yoga?
Hatha yoga is the path of physical yoga or the yoga of postures, and is the most popular branch of yoga in Western culture. Hatha yoga considers the body as the vehicle for the soul. It uses asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation in order to bring the body to perfect health and open it for the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind to emerge freely. The practice of Hatha Yoga will result in the union of the body and the soul. It aims to make the body perfect and fill it with prana (life force).
What is Jivamukti?
Jivamukti Yoga is our attempt to integrate the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of yoga practices that originated in India into the modern lifestyle--without losing sight of the ancient and universal goal of the practice, which is liberation. As you learn to flow from asana to asana, you’ll discover that your yoga practice makes a real impact on the way you live your life.
What is Flow yoga?
Flow yoga is a fluid and powerful class, interweaving breath, rhythm, energy movement and playfulness. Creating a unique Tantra experience, the yoga of energy and transformation works at a moderate pace in the Vinyasa style, linking movement to breath, building heat, strength and flexibility. All levels welcome.
What is asana?
Asana is Sanskrit for physical posture.
What is pranayama?
Prana is Sanskrit for life force, and the gross manifestation of prana is breath. Yama is Sanskrit for control, so pranayama means breath control. Operating under the understanding that breath is the source of life, by learning to control the breath, we learn to control ourselves. We use pranayama in preparation for--and often in conjunction with—meditation, as well as during asana practice.