Affordable yoga: Local yogis offer yoga day to communityWritten by Jennifer S. White | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local yogis will give back to their community on Feb. 4 when Yoga Teachers of Northwest Ohio hosts a special yoga day celebration.
For just $10 at the door, newbies and seasoned yogis alike will enjoy a variety of classes — and see their money go to a good cause. Instructors are donating their time and all proceeds to a yoga teacher scholarship fund, with a portion of the proceeds going to Chicks for Charity.
“We are all students and teachers in life,” Michael Zerner, president of Yoga Teachers of Northwest Ohio, said. “Everybody does yoga. When you see a sunrise or hug your baby; when you stay in the present moment. That’s yoga.”
Speaking of staying in the present moment, my favorite poses are balancing postures. To be successful, you have to stay entirely in the here and now. Not surprisingly, I’ll be teaching a Vinyasa-style arm balance class Feb. 4.
Vinyasa basically means flowing movement. We’ll flow fluidly from one pose to another, connecting breath with movement. The arm balances will be designed to challenge — as well as inspire confidence and playfulness — but you don’t have to stand on your hands to participate. My sister has a broken wrist and she’ll be attending my class. I’ll offer a variety of modifications leading up to the full pose. Having said that, prepare to come and step up your practice with intense core work and deep hip-openers.
If you’re not quite up for arm balancing yet, never fear. This event really does offer something for everyone, from Tai Chi to yoga for teens. Why so cheap? The celebration is entirely a thank-you to existing students as well as an opportunity to connect new students with teachers.
As Zerner points out, studios are only successful because people come to classes. This is an opportunity for studio owners to say thanks to their students. Local studios are also encouraged to come and represent themselves, with the hope of connecting event participants with future teachers.
Those interested should note that they can come for the entire day or just stop in for a class or two. If you have a mat you’re encouraged to bring it, but mats will be available as well. In short, there is no reason not to mark your calendar. Come give yoga a shot! See you there.
For more information visit www.yogateachersnwohio.com/events.php.