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If you want to contort your body into crazy shapes and get killer abs and a whole new bubble butt, well, maybe keep looking.
But if you want to slow down, relax, and reconnect with your mind and body in the context of a supportive community as you let go of… everything… of the past two years, this might be your year for it. yoga.
Kate Ewing, founder of Brick City Yoga in Benton Park West, says yoga’s body-mind focus is a great antidote to the stress, anxiety and isolation of modern life – all of which have been boosted to eleven during the pandemic. Sure, you might end up learning to stand on your head, but that’s not really the point.
“Our mission has never really been to focus on the physical attributes of yoga practices. If you look at our Instagram, I don’t post pictures of people in yoga poses, ”Ewing says. “We don’t want new students to think they have to look a certain way or be in a certain shape to practice yoga. There are obviously a lot of physical benefits, but there is so much more to it. We focus a lot on meditation and breathing work, which are tools students can use off the mat.
During the early closures of the pandemic, the studio moved into the virtual space, but a special sauce ingredient was missing.
“We jumped on the online trend which was very popular in the first few weeks and months, but it kind of stabilized,” Ewing said. “The classes were great, but what was missing was that feeling of being around people.”
Whether you’re new to exercise in general or yoga in particular, or just looking to consolidate a practice that may have been outdated, it’s important to be realistic with your intentions.
“The first thing to do is choose a manageable schedule, whether it’s the number of lessons per week or the time of the lesson,” says Ewing. “Trying to set a goal of wanting to take five yoga classes a week can lead to failure.” Slipping into a 5:30 p.m. to 5:32 p.m. class after hyperventilating in traffic after leaving work at 5 a.m. sharp doesn’t exactly chart the course of nirvana, either.
Ewing encourages students to connect with instructors and ask questions about the courses as well. (All Brick City Yoga classes, including core classes, cost $ 10.) Let them know what you’re looking for and what your challenges are, and they can guide you to the right class for you.
These ubiquitous January challenges, Ewing says, aren’t really viable introductions to building a practice that lasts.
“It is unrealistic to undergo drastic changes every year over a period of 31 days! ” she says. “Really focus on the kind of experience you want to have with physical practice, versus the outcome you want to achieve. ”
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