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The #1 comment I get after class from students is , "I feel so much better, I'm so glad I came." Yoga is like that. It meets us where we are. So just come, "even if." Come "even if" you feel you are out of shape, "even if" you have a condition for which you need to modify, or "even if" you are not flexible. Come "even if" you are not sure what yoga is, "even if" you may have to interrupt your class to take care of a parent, child, or yourself. Just come.
Just as there are many types of yoga to practice, there are many levels of skill within each of the different types of yoga. Balance Your Life's style of yoga is a mix of meditation, vinyasa and yin. Meditation allows us to arrive for the class mindfully, and enhances the depth and rewards of our practice. Vinyasa is a style of yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures) which flow one to the other, and we hold the poses to increase strength, balance and flexibility in the body. Toward the end of class we go to the floor to hold poses longer, and give time for tight muscles to relax, which is known as yin. The added benefit of Balance Your Life Yoga classes is that each class is chock full of suggested modifications so each member of class can feel successful whether you've come to calm down, increase strength, or just benefit from a low impact physical practice.
Yoga classes require loose, comfortable clothing, and are usually practiced in bare feet to get the healing benefits of ‘grounding,’ but socks especially made for yoga may also be used. Participants usually choose to bring their own mats, and props, but our in-person classes provide some sanitized equipment to borrow if needed.
Classes Available in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina
In-person classes are a great way to meet new people in your community if you are new to the area, or if you are wanting something a little different than a Netflix binge (no judging here! I am guilty as charged...) Some classes require club membership, others don't. If you are a senior, you may qualify for the Silver Sneakers program and receive free membership to the facility. Current in-person community classes are available in Hickory, NC, (Click for Google Map location) and are within driving distance of Lenoir, Hudson, Morganton, Valdese, Granite Falls, Hildebran, Newton, Conover, Lincolnton, Taylorsville, and Bethlehem.
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Yoga participants usually bring their own mats, but we’ll have a few extra on-hand if it’s a spur-of-the-moment decision to attend. Watch the calendar on this website for unique yoga events as there may be additions, or “one-time only” yoga opportunities.
Health Benefits Presentation and Yoga Class
Not able to commit to a regular weekly yoga class, but still want to share the benefits of yoga with your employees? One-day workshops are available from 1 to 3 hours in length to assist in understanding the benefits of yoga and exercise to the mind and body, finding poses which are beneficial and workable throughout the day in an office/classroom/workspace, and ways to increase mental space for creativity and positive thinking in any setting. Workshops mix direct instruction of the benefits of exercise, hydration, meditation, and positive thinking with a yoga practice either on the mat or in the chair.
Customized Yoga Practice to Reflect Your Target Theme or Message
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains are hidden retreat centers in the surrounding area of the Catawba Valley of North Carolina which are aimed at providing a beautiful and peaceful space to gather and collaborate toward a common goal. What better way to offer rejuvenation than a yoga class? Offering weekend classes for your retreat, the yoga mats, materials, and instructor are brought to you. Classes offered are either 60 minutes, 90 minutes, or 120 minutes long. See Class Descriptions for the type of class which would best fit your group. Collaboration between the leader of the retreat and yoga teacher is possible so that the yoga practice reflects key points of the main messages of the retreat.
Increase the good health of your staff by providing weekly yoga classes right on the worksite. Equipment is brought in so that there are no storage requirements for your facility. Employees are given tools to combat stress, negative thinking, and the effects of being in a seated or standing posture most of the day. By providing classes right on the worksite, employees love the convenience of not having to make the extra transition of going to the gym or yoga studio. Positive staff relationships are increased as they experience fun, positive and feel-good experiences together.
One-on-one or one-on-two private sessions are designed to meet the unique needs of each individual. Yoga classes are then constructed to assist each person's goals and needs. Sometimes individuals just want to practice one-on-one until they feel confident enough to join a class, and this is fine! If you don't have the space (or the pets won't leave you alone!) there is private practice space available in a local office building. Call for an appointment if you are interested or curious.