Read what students are saying about Awakened Yoga Bliss—Megan Dillon.

“Megan’s classes are well planned and organized. She takes students needs into consideration when teaching and planning each session. Megan makes it very enjoyable and I leave class feeling like I’ve had personal instruction even though it’s a class situation. She’s great for beginners or those with yoga experience. I appreciate her being a part of my fitness plan.”—Debbie R.

“I started doing yoga in preparation for knee replacement surgery and found out that I really enjoyed it.  After my surgery I knew I couldn’t do a lot of the moves I did previously and Megan made alterations on moves for me to accommodate me not being able to move as well.  I was in Physical Therapy for 8 weeks and have found that there are a lot of moves that work to help me with in yoga. Doing chair yoga has been especially helpful since getting in the floor is a chore even now at 10 weeks post surgery.  Megan’s concern for my situation has encouraged me to keep going and I hope to get full movement in my knee joint in the future.  Her concern and care has been a blessing.  Her class is relaxing as well. She always treats us to a mini massage at the end of each practice which helps the rest of the day. If you’re looking for a great yoga teacher try Megan Dillon.”—Nancy J. 

“[Megan] clearly puts a lot of effort into planning her session with everyone. She changes the formula so we work different parts of the body and keeps the session fresh. She doesn’t pressure you to keep up with the others. She offers multiple ways to modify so you can protect your body, but also participate. She is nonjudgmental if you are new and doesn’t gate keep. She is always willing to work with you and make time to discuss exercises you can do at home, if you ask for help. She even recommends different options—like a massage therapist—to aid with ailments you may have. She is very personable, friendly, and knowledgeable.” —Sara S.

“Megan is caring, compassionate, personable and provides wonderful innovative approaches to yoga so that you feel amazing and alive after her classes! Thank you, Megan! —Patty S.

“Megan offers well planned programs and understands the needs/goals of her students. She designs a fitness program weekly to achieve those goals. She makes classes fun but challenging at our level. I always leave feeling so much better.” —Linda D.

“Even though I have only been attending Megan’s class for a brief time, it was clear from the beginning, she was a very good yoga instructor! As I am elderly, I’ve had several yoga instructors over the years! I am pleased to say, Megan has definitely exceeded my expectations!” —Elaine H.

“Having been a yoga student on and off for many years, I have found Megan’s classes to be some of the best I have had the pleasure of attending.  Each of her classes is different from the one before.  She puts a lot of planning and thought into each of her classes and the classes are level appropriate for any student no matter your age or fitness. I look forward to yoga every week!” —Susan W.

Specific FAQ’s

These are any questions that you may have specifically about my services if there were any questions you felt were not answered from browsing the website. You are always free to reach out and contact me from the Contact Page options, Facebook, or Instagram.

Can I Come to Your Classes Without Being a Member of a Gym or Studio?
Yes! Most single drop in classes are between $10-12. Some even give you the first class free.

Are You Available for Private Yoga Sessions?
Absolutely! If you would feel more comfortable in doing so, do not have means to make it to a class, or would just prefer a more personalized program for you than please reach out and contact me so I may speak to you about rates and more details.

Do You Currently Teach Aerial Yoga Somewhere?
I currently do not BUT I am offering private lessons for Aerial Yoga until I find a home base to teach from.

Are You Available for Retreats, or Even Church Groups?
Yes! If you are interested in this please reach out to me by the Contact Page options, Facebook, or Instagram.

Are You Available for Corporate?
Yes! I will come into your place of business for a designated time that works best for your employees (usually during the morning or on a lunch break) and teach a 30-45 minute class. There are some great benefits for you to have this available for your employees including increased productivity.  Reach out and let’s chat about more benefits and how to get it started. Go to the Contact Page options, Facebook, or Instagram.

Are You Available to Run a Workshop (2-5 Days) at Our Studio/School/Business/etc.?
Yes! Get in touch so we can go over what you are looking for and I’d be happy to discuss plans for a workshop. Go to the Contact Page options, Facebook, or Instagram.

Are You Available to Hire to Run or Be Apart of a Yoga Retreat (3-10 Days) at Our Facility?
Yes! Get in touch so we can go over the details of your retreat and I’d be happy to discuss plans for a retreat. Go to the Contact Page options, Facebook, or Instagram.

General FAQ’s

When putting the FAQ’s together that most may ask about yoga, I found a wonderful article in the Yoga Journal by Cyndi Lee that really touches on these questions so well. I did add in one and deleted a few from her list to go with the ones I hear the most. If you want to read her full article the link is at the bottom of the page.

What Is Yoga?
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to yoke or bind, and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.

The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas(observances), asana (postures), pranayama  (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).

Today, most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.

What Does Hatha Mean?
The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.

Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.

Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.

What Does Namaste Mean?
It is a greeting and a leave-taking. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you”.

What Does Om Mean?
Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is said to be the sound of the universe. What does that mean?

Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us—that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om. We may not always be aware of this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the autumn leaves, the waves on the shore, the inside of a seashell.

Chanting Om allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.

How Many Times Per Week Should I Practice?
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time. If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that’s fine too. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.

How Is Yoga Different From Stretching or Other Kinds of Fitness?
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali’s eight-fold path illustrates how the physical practice is just one aspect of yoga. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.

Is Yoga a Religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be confused with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga yoga) is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga. It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.

I’m Not Flexible—Can I Do Yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.

This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

Why Are You Supposed to Refrain From Eating 2–3 Hours Before Class?
In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.

Original Article Site: https://www.yogajournal.com/meditation/yoga-questions-answered