February Exercising Together

"Opening the Heart" to Practice Yoga

Have you ever considered taking a yoga class but had no idea what to expect? You’re not alone! At Bear Levin Studer we realize yoga classes on the Group Fitness schedule may be intimidating and potentially stopping you from something mentally and physically beneficial. Our schedule offers more than 20 yoga-based classes including Beginner Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yogalates and Vinyasa Flow. Some members have expressed interest with a considerable amount of apprehension to attend. This led us to the idea of offering monthly yoga workshops. Yoga is mental and physical practice. The purpose of these workshops is to allot more time for the instructors provide detailed explanations regarding the specifics of the intended practice.

Last month, yoga instructors Jennifer G. and Shahana led more than 20 members to a better understanding of the alignment basics in Vinyasa practice. They spent a generous amount of time demonstrating and explaining breathing techniques, proper alignment and the purpose of each pose. By the end of the workshop, novice to intermediate level participants were able to flow through sun salutations with grace and beauty. Members who attended that workshop are now able to walk into similar yoga classes with a greater sense of confidence and deeper understanding of the art.

Just in time for February’s heart health awareness, yoga instructor Donna will lead a Restorative Yoga workshop titled “Opening the Heart.” Restorative Yoga uses props to support the body in positions of ease and comfort to facilitate relaxation and health. Different from last month’s Vinyasa Flow, it is a practice of deliberate stillness and requires no muscular effort. Restorative yoga poses manipulate the nervous system in a way that reduces the influence of our activating systems (sympathetic) and increases the efforts of your quieting systems (parasympathetic) so that you may take rest. This style of Restorative Yoga provides a time for “being” instead of “doing”. The intention of this practice is to cultivate the attitude of letting go and learn how to deeply relax. A great way to connect with mind, body and soul.

We formally invite you to join us in our monthly workshops. It's a positive environment to stretch your mind, body and outlook on yoga. There are many great benefits to each workshop. The workshops are a great opportunity to build confidence, learn yoga foundations, connect with instructors and members, and grow a deeper understanding of your physical and spiritual abilities. These workshops will vary in concentration and skill level allowing you to experience a variety of movements and postures expected in our yoga type classes. Join us as we open your hearts, expand your minds and cultivate a strong mind/body program.

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.