You have questions. We have answers.
What is Tejas and how do I pronounce it?
Tejas is pronounced teh-jus (a little bit like the last half of the word “courageous”). Tejas is a Sanskrit word and like many words from this poetic language, it carries several meanings. We like the translation “illumination” and in some contexts it refers to the essence of fire or transformation.
Which class is right for me?
Good question. Use our simple Find Your Class page to explore it further.
I’m injured. Should I practice?
We recommend doing anything that does not exacerbate your condition. Oftentimes when we are injured there are very specific and careful modifications we can make to our practice. Always give your teacher a heads up when you take a group class and they can offer you some suggestions for variations.
Why is there no music during class?
Hey, we love music as much as anyone else (you should see James Tennant hit a dance floor). But we feel that the deeper and more powerful effects of yoga are made possible by reducing external stimulation.
Is yoga a spiritual practice?
The tantric philosophy of yoga practice that we study and teach at Tejas Yoga offers the idea that the world itself, and everything in it, is inherently sacred. From this standpoint, it is hard to find something that isn’t spiritual. That being said, our group classes are intended to create space for everyone’s intentions for practice. So whether you’re here to ease your lower back pain, or connect with the divine, or somewhere in between, we simply want to give you the tools to take you where you’re looking to go.
Is yoga a religious practice?
That depends on whether you are a religious person. If you are, the practices we offer at Tejas should help strengthen your faith and inspiration in the divine, regardless of what faith tradition you honor. If you’re not religious, neither is your yoga. There is a very heated international debate going on about this question, but we feel it is largely political theater. That being said, if you’re looking for some resources to help understand the roots of yoga, its relationship to Hinduism, and the details of the debate over the context of yoga, here are a couple resources we find helpful: