FAQ

What is Han Yoga?

We have taken the foundation of Hatha yoga along with eight other disciplines and produced an eclectic blend that is subtle and inviting for any one in any physical condition. We created HanChickitsa; yoga that soothes the body, balances the mind, and nourishes the soul.

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What is Yoga?

Yoga is a 7,000 year old discipline derived from India. Yoga is the union of body, mind, and breath. This union creates the harmony that allows us to gain clarity from a place that is innate, immutable, and perfect.

Why do Yoga?

We only have room for the short answer here and it is that yoga makes your body feel better. It makes you tune in, chill out, and shape up all at the same time.

Is Yoga for you?

HanChikitsa is for everyone, any age, any weight, and any physical condition. Since HanChikitsa is a soft form exercise it is easy on the body, joints, and muscles.

What does Namaste mean?

In Sankrit ‘namas’ means; ‘bow, obeisance, reverential salutation’. It comes from the root ‘nam’, which carries meaning of bending, bowing, and becoming silent. ‘Te’ means ‘to you’. Thus “namaste” means ‘I bow to you’. The instructor may say this before and/or after each class.

Do I need to be flexible?

NO! You are not required to touch your toes or stand on your head. HanChikitsa provides a moderate way to achieve your individual goals. This process is to gain mental/physical flexibility and strength to find yourself letting go and truly understand “how-to”. Just like the mind, the body needs continuous work to keep all of its components moving along – yoga is a mild way to keep the wheels turning.

Do I need to be fit?

You do not need to be fit or flexible to attend any of our classes.

What class should I take if I am new or returning after a long absence?

If you are new to the practice or if you need to refresh materials, it is best to start with the classes marked ‘basic’ or ‘level 1’.” For best results when you start yoga, take 2 to 3 classes a week – you will build insight and understanding through consistent practice in class.

What do I need to know for my first class?

Avoid big meals two hours before class. Bring a beach sized towel and sticky yoga mat. If you do not have one, you can use studio mats. For optimum hygiene and practice it is recommended that you purchase your own mat. We have mats for sale at the studio.

Arrive at your first class 10 minutes prior to start time so that you can clear the registration process.

Our classes offer a noncompetitive environment so that everyone at any stage of the practice can learn and enjoy.

Testimonials
I really like to practice yoga at Han Yoga studio. I like it because the studio is super clean, and all the instructors here are very knowledgeable and supportive. The owner of the studio, Jonathan Han, is undoubtedly one of the best yoga masters in the Bay Area. He has mastered all the traditional forms of yoga, and with his martial arts, qi gong, and tai-chi background, he has uniquely developed a therapeutic form of yoga, which he uses to teach and heal. His classes are fun, innovative, and one of a kind. You won't find two of his classes ...
Simply put, the best yoga instruction I've ever received, and the most fun, informative classes I've ever taken. The main instructor and owner, Jonathan Han, is a master at teaching both beginners and advanced yogis. If you're new to yoga, take the "Therapeutic yoga" class. It moves at a pace where you can easily follow along, accompanied by very detailed instruction on anatomy and modification for your level. Highly recommend!
I've been going to Han Yoga for a few years now, and have experienced all the instructors at some time or another. I am a regular at Briant's Sunday morning class and have seen her teaching mature over the years. She teaches several classes after her regular work schedule and on weekends. Her practice is humble, she readily admits how long it has taken her to master a particular pose and does not shy away from teaching poses she has yet to master!...
This is a good place for advanced yogis and beginners too. Although there are people at many different levels in the basic yoga class, it doesn't seem like Jonathan is catering to only one level or one person. He gives everyone personal attention and assists everyone with doing the poses to the best of their abilities...
I love the teaching style of all the instructors, namely Jonathan Han, Jennifer Tsai, Bindu Columan, Briant Sarris & Yawen Yang. Han Yoga has 21 classes a week that is almost average 3 classes a day during 7 days a week. You can choose the level based on your capability and attend any session...

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