Twenty years ago, if you'd asked me what my favorite style of yoga was, I would have looked at you blankly: style of yoga? Yoga is yoga, right? At that time, there wasn't a studio on every corner and yoga wasn't big business yet.
Ten years ago, if you'd asked me the same question, I would have said vinyasa. Fitness yoga studios were popping up all over and gyms were getting in on the act. Everyone was offering heated classes that looked like choreographed dance routines. Vinyasa was what I knew best at the time. But familiarity isn't the same as fitting in, though.
Accessible yoga classes can be hard to come by. Vinyasa and fitness yoga classes are everywhere. There's yoga with hand weights and yoga heated to 100 degrees. There are classes offering 108 sun salutations in a row. Even beginner's classes expect students to have a certain amount of experience or to progress quickly to more advanced poses. Where about the rest of us?
Yoga teacher training changed everything I thought I knew about yoga. I learned that vinyasa yoga as taught in chain yoga studios is a U.S. invention. I discovered that physical asana-based practices are a very small part of yoga. Most importantly, I learned about the wisdom of listening to my body in a pose rather than worrying about what it looks like. The idea that yoga should be "steady and comfortable" blew my mind. I decided then that my classes will adapt to meet the student's needs, rather than the other way around.
And I'm honored to be teaching exactly these types of classes. Everyone is welcome. No experience flexibility, experience or fancy yoga clothes required. So, if you're called to practice yoga, I invite you to join me for a free Saturday morning class in Saint Louis Park. Bring a mat if you have one. Chairs and some props available.
Free Yoga For All
July 7-August 25
Central Community Center in Saint Louis Park
6300 Walker Street
Park in the East parking lot and enter through door 21. Proceed through the cafeteria, up 5 stairs and down the hall to Room 25.