We’re sure you’ve been told by someone in your lifetime that yoga and meditation are really good for you. There are countless physical, mental, and spiritual benefits to a regular yoga practice. But we are acutely aware of how daunting going to your very first yoga class can be. There are many different types of yoga, and a studio built for every type. How to choose?
Holding Space provides a safe place for both beginners and moderate yoga practitioners to flourish and nurture their practice. Knowing that you are in a community of like-minded people who are open to internal shifts and eager to learn can be incredibly inspiring when starting a new practice. This is a place where you can check your ego at the door, and just be. Half of our students have never set foot on a yoga mat and are made to feel welcome and supported in taking this new venture of overall wellness. By exposing our students to several types of yoga throughout the program, we allow them to identify what works best for them.
You see, just as the seasons have their own attributes and purposes, so do we as humans. Some bodies and minds might need to slow down and seek groundedness, and some might need to get up and build energy amidst lethargy. Holding Space gives you the opportunity to experience the type of yoga that serves you exactly where you are. So just as hot soup is best in the winter, and cold salads are best in the summer, Yin Yoga or Yoga Nidra may serve an anxiety-ridden mind, and Vinyasa Flow may serve an uninspired and unmotivated mind.
With that same concept of body-mind connection at heart, Holding Space has carefully designed our self-care program to ignite inspiration by tailoring our weekly yoga practice to serve our weekly coaching topic. If we are coaching on Release, your yoga practice will be centered on deep, longer held stretches in order to encourage letting go of tension on a deep-tissue level. If we are coaching on Empowerment, your yoga practice may be a little more exploratory to encourage you to dig deep and come out feeling proud of your ability.
Each Holding Space class will end with a guided meditation that will also serve the coaching topic and theme of the overall class. Some meditations may be heart-centered, use visualizations, and focus on the breath. Some may be seated, but at least twice in every six-week program you will experience Yoga Nidra, which is a fully reclined guided meditation that is deeply healing and relaxing. Our aim is to show you the many ways the ageless practice of meditation can benefit you over your entire lifetime, by expanding your mind, rewiring your habits, and changing the way you react to your circumstances.
“Yoga does not change the way we see things. It transforms the person who sees.” – B.K.S. Iyengar