Since I first set foot in Downtown Yoga over a year ago, I have absolutely loved the vibe of the studio. With a focus on being green, Downtown Yoga has a warm and inviting feel. But perhaps the best thing about the studio is that it is a safe space for anybody and any body to experience the many benefits of yoga.
Monica Copeland and Gracie Clay opened Downtown Yoga in April 2016. “We’re not about weight loss and it’s not about getting a workout in. For us it’s more about giving people space to self-explore, to slow down, and to listen to thought tendencies,” says Copeland.
A great place to learn
The class I attended for this review is a Friday morning Power Yoga class taught by Copeland. After taking a few minutes to lie still and connect with our breath, the class moves relatively quickly through the poses. If you don’t think yoga can make you sweat, then think again! We do many vinyasas, or series of poses, that really get my heart pumping and muscles shaking. As we move into challenging poses, Copeland provides modifications based on flexibility. By the time we finish class I feel like I’ve worked every inch of my body.
“So many people think you have to be flexible and strong and skinny to do yoga, so we feel like we have an uphill battle to demystify and set ourselves apart from that,” explains Copeland. She also points out that yoga is not a religion. Instead of emphasizing Yoga’s Hindu roots, Copeland incorporates principles from her Christian faith into her practice such as giving, gratitude and loving others.
Try it— you’ll like it!
If you have never tried yoga, Downtown Yoga is the perfect place to start. The instructors are encouraging and give personal attention to help you get the most out of your yoga practice. With many different classes for beginners to advanced yogis throughout the week, there is something for everyone.
Downtown Yoga is located at 219 South Main Street (entrance in the alley). 2018 brings the addition of Pilates and Ashtanga yoga as well as several pricing promotions. For more information go to downtownyoga.net or follow “Downtown Yoga” on Facebook.