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A New Approach Uses Yoga To Target The Needs Of Equestrians – Town-Crier

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Soham Yoga has teamed with the Rider Project to create an equestrian-specific yoga practice. Yanira Yani Daes and Lisa El-Ramey recently joined their respective expertise in the fields of yoga and riding to bring the benefits of alternative approaches to the riding public.

While Daes is bringing her specific yoga approach to the Rider Project Seat Retreats and Whole Rider Workshops, she is currently offering three-week programs at her studio, Soham Yoga. This program is designed to maximize yoga benefits for riders in the least amount of time.

Soham Yoga is offering a condensed and concentrated program emphasizing areas of the body for the greatest gain in riding efforts. Riders here for our winter season have a lot on their plates, said Lisa El-Ramey, founder of the Rider Project. Many of them are here for only a few months, and this program will give those riders an opportunity to gain the most benefit in the shortest amount of time.

Soham Yoga is located in Royal Palm Beach. Riders wishing to learn more about the Soham Yoga Equestrian program should visit the studio web site at

Soham Yoga works with students to develop correct form and focus on the musculature each pose targets. Daes, a breast cancer survivor, was drawn to practice yoga as a result of her own life experiences and established Soham Yoga as a sanctuary for others in their own journeys.

For more info., call Daes at (561) 601-2525 or e-mail

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CLEVELAND, Ohio Looking to improve your flexibility or work out the kinks that come with the lack of physical activity winter brings? Or are you wanting to devote more time to self care and stress relief?

Then don those comfy yoga pants and head out to one or more of Greater Clevelands best yoga studios, according to Yelp.

We partnered with Yelp Cleveland to find the top-rated yoga practices in the area, according to local residents just like you. Check out this list of 49 options around the region and then get moving!

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the best yoga studios in Greater Cleveland according to Yelp Cleveland. Yelp identified businesses in the yoga category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in the counties of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit.

No. 1 Vision Yoga and Wellness

1861 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 216-348-1111; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Ive really grown to love the teachers and classes at Vision! Theresa has created a very welcoming, supportive, and friendly environment. Im so grateful that they have $5 options and affordable rates, which makes doing yoga on a regular basis seem much more attainable. Emily B.

Vision Yoga and Wellness in Cleveland (Photo by Deanna E., via Yelp)

No. 2 Inner Bliss Yoga Studio

19537 Lake Road, Rocky River, 440-331-3940; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: I arrived at my first ever yoga class the day Inner Bliss opened the Westlake studio, in August 2012. I came to the mat seeking a physical challenge, a new kind of workout. But what I found was a sacred place: the smiling faces, soulful music, heart-opening smells, warm hugs, sacred words, life lessons, deep breaths, new friends, and of course: the yoga itself. Tiffany B.

Inner Bliss Yoga Studio (Photo by Sarah A., via Yelp)

No. 3 The Studio Cleveland

1395 W 10th St., Suite 120, Cleveland, 216-621-7085; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: As a newcomer to yoga I really dig this place. Ive taken their Vinyasa all levels class 4 times and it was an amazing experience. I felt right at home and no worries amongst much more experienced people. Yoga is all about focusing on you during class so trust me if anyone is looking around its to see what pose to be in. The instructor Jen is great. The best part is how amazing I feel after a class physically and mentally. Jennifer D.

The Studio Cleveland (Photo by Lauren K., via Yelp)

No. 4 Yoga Strong

1104 Prospect Ave. E, Cleveland, 216-600-5566; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Wow!!!! The aerial yoga class was great! I trained with Jen, she worked along with us so we could use her as an example to correct our form. The class is lots legs, core and some shoulders. A lot of these moves as a guy we just dont train so you get us in a 45-minute class thats hitting the butt and wow. Im feeling it. I think this class is a good add on to what Im doing, a great way to change it up and meet a new group of people. Juno S.

Yoga Strong, Cleveland (Photo by Juno S., via Yelp)

No. 5 Studio 11

2337 W 11th St., Suite 2, Cleveland, 216-472-3611; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Studio 11 offers a soaring, bright airy welcoming space with a menu of services rich in variety for diverse experiences ranging from natural wellness, Thai massage and pilates to mindfulness, yoga, and community focused activities. Highly recommend to visit and explore the vibe, people and services. Diane S.

Studio Yoga 11, Tremont (Photo courtesy Studio 11)

No. 6 Puma Yoga

15602 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-221-6265; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Puma is a great place to connect with others in your yoga practice. Puma is located on busy Detroit Ave.--and the studio is entirely encased in glass windows I also like that Pumas classes appear to be fairly diverse. I have had classes with all kinds of people, which is not something I experience often at yoga studios. There are also people of all levels practicing in most classes, and they offer a lot of beginners classes. Amy D.

Puma Yoga, Lakewood (Photo courtesy Puma Yoga)

No. 7 Yoga Roots

3459 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-916-9286; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: The best yoga studio in Cleveland hands down. Such a grounded and loving vibe about this studio. A beautiful space and lovely staff. Owners are beautiful people. Love Yoga Roots! Brian G.

Yoga Roots, Cleveland Heights (Photo by Cody HD, via Yelp)

No. 8 Cleveland Yoga

2026 Murray Hill Road, Room 210, Cleveland, 216-704-4550; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Can't describe how much love I have for Cleveland Yoga! The studio is gorgeous with lots of natural light and the overall atmosphere is very welcoming. All the instructors have their own unique teaching style and each class is different & makes my practice grow in different ways. The classes are both challenging and meditative, and I always leave feeling better than I did walking in. Abhilasha B.

Cleveland Yoga, Little Italy (Photo by Charity L., via Yelp)

No. 9 Yoga 101

105 Front St., #206, Berea, 216-702-9642; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp Review: Im on the road as a professional musician 6-8 months out of the year. Yoga has saved my life and body from the physical and mental stressors of work, and Im extremely picky and careful about where I practice when I go to a studio. While I will not rate my favorite studios at home, I decided to give reviews to the best of those that Ive visited while on the road. ....starting with Laura Burt and Yoga 101. Pretty much hands down one of the most gifted Ashtanga teachers in the country, she epitomizes the best of the newer teachers in that style who knows technique yet has an eye for safety and modifications. Her hands-on assists are safe, spot-on, and right in the moment and her attitude in class is always friendly and helpful, not imperious. As a teacher myself I know when Im in the presence of someone terrific." Dean W.

No. 10 Chagrin Yoga

524 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, 440-247-4884; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Hands Down, Chagrin Yoga is my Happy Place! I have tried a couple different classes and it really just depends what type of yoga you enjoy. My personal favorite is Yin: Relax and Restore at the end of the day! My children have gone to a couple of the Kids Yoga Sessions offered on Saturday and have really enjoyed themselves! - Michelle B.

Chagrin Yoga, Chagrin Falls (Photo courtesy Chagrin Yoga)

No. 11 One Love Yoga Boutique

145 River St., Suite 5, Kent, 330-842-7228; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp review: The studio has all kinds of different yoga classes that include different levels of difficulty. Im a casual yoga enthusiast, so I usually take the beginners classes, but dont feel as if theyre too difficult or too easy. My favorite class Ive taken here was a body art yoga class. Everyone painted themselves with glow in the dark paint, and we did yoga in a dark room with really fun music. I love how creative the studio is! Megan H.

One Love Yoga Boutique (Photo courtesy One Love Yoga Boutique)

No. 12 Pink Lotus Yoga

18103 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-632-0816; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Pink Lotus is so authentic and welcoming to all and any individuals who are interested in yoga classes. Whether you are curious and uninitiated or an experienced yogi, you will feel that you belong when joining a class at this studio. Beki P.

Pink Lotus Yoga (Photo by Marie R., via Yelp)

No. 13 Atma Center

2319 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-371-9760; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: The focus is on actual yoga with a mind body emphasis ... Love the different levels of crisis and the instruction approach is not judgmental. Not for the work-out-aholics who need a Bikram style to feel good. - Matt K.

Atma Center, Cleveland Heights (Photo courtesy ATMA Center)

No. 14 Namaste Yoga Studio and Shoppe

9293 Olde 8 Road, Northfield Center, 330-908-0700; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp review: A welcoming and calming place where students of any level can find thoughtful and competent instruction. Highly recommended! - Keith M.

Namaste Yoga Studio & Shoppe, Northfield (Photo by Lauren K., via Yelp)

No. 15 Source Energy Yoga Studio

13348 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 440-364-7645; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Ive attended the Rise and Shine Vinyasa Flow as well as the Yin Meditation at Source. I cant recommend this studio enough! The space is intimate and relaxing and the instructors/fellow yogis are consistently welcoming and friendly. There is no intimidation factor here - youre encouraged to find your personal yoga expression. - Crystal C.

Source Energy Yoga, Lakewood (Photo courtesy Source Energy Yoga)

No. 16 Bikram Yoga

4850 SOM Center Road, Moreland Hills, 858-603-3330; Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Its well worth it. So I love the instructor, the place is clean, theres water and clothes to buy but no showers. I need my shower. Lol! Overall I would go back and I would take a friend. Juno S.

Bikram Yoga, Moreland Hills(Photo by Juno S., via Yelp)

No. 17 Lifesource Yoga & Bodyworks

55 Shiawassee Ave., Suite 4, Akron, 330-835-9945; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: I wanted to wait to write my review after having taken a months worth of classes. I am happy to say that my opinions of the studio have only improved because my experiences this past month solidified the positive first impression I had on the day I walked in after seeing a sign posted outside. - Soly Z.

Lifesource Yoga & Bodyworks, Akron (Photo courtesy Lifesource Yoga)

No. 18 Root Healing & Therapy

20545 Center Ridge Road, Suite 212, Rocky River, 216-905-7801; Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Yelp review: Root is the best! Great massage by Holly. I will absolutely be returning. I found them on Groupon and I am going to purchase a package deal from them. At checkout, the staff was so kind, friendly, and wasnt pushy at all about purchasing a package. They also have yoga here, which I will be attending as well. - Courtney A.

Root Healing & Therapy, Rocky River (Photo courtesy Root Healing & Therapy)

No. 19 GrooveRyde

3393 Tuttle Road., Suite 105, Shaker Heights, 216-303-9988; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp Review: I love Alicias GrooveFlow classes on Monday, theyre a great balance of stretching but also HIIT yoga where get an amazing workout. - Angeleah P.

Grooveryde, Shaker Heights (Photo by Angeleah P., via Yelp)

No. 20 3 Sisters Yoga & Fitness

2406 Ridgeland Dr., Avon, 440-934-9642; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp review: I have been taking classes at 3 sisters for about 3 years. I really love the variations of classes that are offered. Want to be challenged? Hot Power. Need a slower pace, Slow Flow. Just want a lovey stretch and reset? Restorative! Whatever mood or need, 3 Sisters has you covered. The instructors are lovely, warm and welcoming, offering hands on assists and adjustments. Each instructor really sets the mood of the class with a playlist that is perfection. 3 Sisters is wonderful, when youre here, you truly are a sister! - Christina C.

3 Sisters Yoga & Fitness, Avon (Photo by Sherine N., via Yelp)

No. 21 LuLu Tru Holistic Beauty & Wellness

14577 E. Park St., Burton, 440-834-0887; Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample Yelp review: I love this place! The staff is extremely nice and they always remember who you are. The yoga classes are a good price and very relaxing with a great instructor. Everything about this place is just very welcoming, its not like any salon Ive ever been to before. I had a pedicure done four weeks ago and I still get compliments on it. 10/10 would recommend this place to anyone. - Ash D.

LuLu Tru Holistic Beauty & Wellness, Burton (Photo courtesy LuLu Tru)

No. 22 Blue Moon Yoga Studio

14532 Pearl Road, Suite 102, Strongsville, 440-334-4292; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp review: A peaceful, welcoming space that motivates me to deepen my physical as well as mental practice in yoga. A wide range of classes including kids, hot, beginners, slow flow, and restorative. There is something for every level and ability. - Tricia B.

Blue Moon Yoga Studio, Strongsville (Photo courtesy Blue Moon Yoga Studio)

No. 23 EssentialZen Yoga Studio

330 E. Garfield Road, Aurora, 330-995-5000; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp review: It is right in the sweet spot of difficulty I was looking for until I get some more experience under my belt. It is as challenging as you make it as she offers variations on the poses if you are having any difficulty... I would not hesitate to recommend it to a beginner. I have also taken the renew and restore yoga with Jenny and it is even more gentile, focusing on stretching and meditation. This class would be great for a beginner or someone who struggles in a regular yoga class. - Rob F

EssentialZen Yoga Studio, Aurora (Photo by Kira R., via Yelp)

No. 24 Hope Yoga

21571 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, 440-665-0507; Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample Yelp review: This place was great. They have classes at all levels and abilities. The instructor I had took her time to explain and help me with movements and form. The building is new and beautiful inside, very comfortable and soothing and smelled amazing. There is parking outside and 2 restrooms in the facility. They offer all supplies for you to use during class, and also sell some items and products. I will recommend Hope Yoga Studio to my friends. - Marcy F.

Hope Yoga, Fairview Park (Photo by Erin F., via Yelp)

No. 25 Half Moon Yoga

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A New Years resolution that can be achieved without leaving the house

As January reaches its halfway point, students may still be looking to start the decade with a new hobby or set of goals. One ambitious yet popular goal for the new year revolves around getting active, even from ones own bedroom. That activity? Yoga.

Originating in ancient India, yoga is a popular form of exercise that involves the body, mind and spirit. Those who teach and practice yoga say the practice can be healing in both a physical and mental sense.

For third-year Chicano/a studies major Juli Perez, yoga did exactly that.

Yoga has always really challenged me [] and my relationship to my body in a way I never thought would happen, Perez said.

Perez said her interest in yoga began as a child, though her commitment to the practice was on and off. Now, Perez and a few of her friends have committed themselves to 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene, a trend where viewers can watch Adriene Mishler, a.k.a. Yoga With Adriene, on YouTube, and practice yoga everyday throughout the month of January.

Perez isnt the only one dedicating a portion of her day to Mishlers home-yoga videos the acclaimed yoga instructor has earned over 5.5 million YouTube subscribers by uploading weekly videos of her yoga exercises for others to follow along to. Each January since 2012, Yoga With Adriene has uploaded a month-long yoga journey where she invites viewers to participate in practicing yoga daily for the entire month. This year, Mishler introduces Home, where she encourages participants to find what feels good while Mishler follows along with them on their journey.

It is not a challenge, Mishler said in her invitation to viewers for January 2020. I like to think of it as a story, a ride, and were gonna write it and ride it together.

What sets Yoga With Adriene apart? For one thing, Mishlers yoga is free and is accessible outside of an expensive yoga studio. Additionally, beginners can follow along at their own pace and need not feel intimidated by more experienced peers in a yoga studio.

In a recent interview with the Today Show, Mishler addressed her connection to her followers through yoga.

The spirit of Yoga With Adriene is like, Im in my little corner of the world choosing to take care of myself, my real self, and whatever Im showing up with today, Mishler said. But also, Im here with you.

Perez said getting back into yoga with Mishlers videos has opened up her year for more time to dedicate to self-growth and positivity.

For me, its just taking 30 minutes of my day, for myself, Perez said. Its been a really good transition into 2020 because its reminding me with the new year to make time for myself, make space for myself and really listen to what my body has to say.

Olivia Krieger, a PhD candidate in the psychology department, said yoga improved her health, both physically and mentally. Krieger teaches yoga at the ARC and said she wants her students to achieve the same healing she did. And, thanks to her studies in cognitive neuroscience, Krieger understands the rewards yoga can offer the mind.

Yoga helps us feel grounded, helps us take on challenges, releases anxiety, increases our focus and makes us feel happier, Krieger said. Anyone looking to improve their body and their mind should consider yoga as part of their New Years resolution.

Krieger also said those hesitant to try shouldnt be discouraged.

Theres a common misconception that you need to be flexible to do yoga, but thats not true, she said. You dont need to be able to touch your toes. It will probably be challenging your first few times, but hang in there. Its well worth the effort to keep coming back!

In Kriegers experience, yoga whether at home or in a classroom setting can build strength and create flexibility beyond what she experienced lifting weights at the gym.

Not only did it challenge my strength, but it offered time to focus on balance and flexibility and it calmed my mind and helped me focus, Krieger said.

At the end of the day, yoga has been deemed a challenging and inspiring exercise into recognizing ones own physical, spiritual and mental strength. As Krieger, Perez and Mishler see it, yoga might be the way to start off 2020 on the right foot.

Yoga might be very different than what you imagine, Krieger said. And youll never know if you dont try it out!

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In search of a new favorite yoga spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top yoga spots around Raleigh, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're in the market for yoga.

Shoppers in the Raleigh area tend to spend more in the winter at health and beauty businesses than any other season of the year, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a software provider that also helps small businesses find free advertising online. The average amount spent per customer transaction at Raleigh-area health and beauty businesses climbed to $64 for the metro area in the winter of last year, 18% higher than the average for the rest of the year.

Hoodline offers data-driven analysis of local happenings and trends across cities. Links included in this article may earn Hoodline a commission on clicks and transactions.

First on the list is Blue Lotus. Located at 401 N. West St., Suite 105 in North Central, the yoga and Pilates spot is the highest-rated yoga spot in Raleigh, boasting five stars out of 29 reviews on Yelp.

Falls of Neuse's Midtown Yoga, located at 200 Park at N. Hills St., Suite 111, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the yoga spot five stars out of 12 reviews.

110 Yoga, a yoga spot in Central, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 21 Yelp reviews. Head over to 444 S. Blount St., Suite 110 to see for yourself.

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Finding the best yoga pants is as satisfying as falling asleep in Shavasana. Because whether you spend your mornings performing four or five Sun Salutations, or just need a pair to lounge in while watching the new season of You, the perfect yoga pant is a notoriously elusive closet essential.

You need leggings that wont roll down your waist, aren't too sheer, and don't squeeze you like a stress ball. Plus, the technology involved in modern-day yoga pants is a far cry from the simple cotton ones of decades pastnow there are moisture-wicking materials to keep the sweat at bay in a heated room and stretch fibers to keep your waistband from folding as you move through poses. Add in a million options for styles, cuts, and patterns and things can start feeling very un-zen.

So we went to the expertsreal women who teach yogato find out what they actually wear when practicing...or running errands. From tried-and-true Lululemon leggings to new favorites from Carbon38 and some seriously comfy borrowed-from-the-boys sweats, check out their recommendations for the best yoga pants, below.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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Jan 15, 2020 Mary Bartel sits on a purple mat, legs crossed, hands together at the center of her chest. Ten students - in their 50s, 60s and 70s - do the same on their own mats, all different colors. The hardwood floor creaks as they adjust their bodies.

Now, the practice of yoga, which is the first sutra in the yoga sutras, Bartel says slowly, in a soft voice. So as we settle in and close the eyes, if thats comfortable, with a soft gaze looking out at a single point.

Mary Bartel while teaching a class. December 2019. Photo: Andy Flynn

Breathe in. Breathe out. Sunshine washes the face of Bartels brown cat, who looks out the window from her blanket on a massage table. Lit candles around the room create a warm feeling, both from the glow and from the welcoming smell.

That sutra reminds us that its in the present moment. Now, the practice of yoga, which means every moment.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Bartels studio Inner Quest Yoga & Wellness Center is on a busy intersection on Broadway in Saranac Lake. The traffic is constant, but the students tune it out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Every moment. You can practice yoga.

Bartel, 61, grew up in North Massapequa, Long Island, and she knew early on that city life wasnt for her.

From a very young girl, when I saw the Adirondacks coming from Long Island, I knew, she said. I went home after summer vacation with my girlfriend and I said to my parents, Im not going to make my living on Long Island. Im moving to the mountains.'"

Mary Bartel while teaching a class. December 2019. Photo: Andy Flynn

Bartel moved to Saranac Lake in 1977 to attend North Country Community College, graduated with an associates degree in business administration and worked for the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee during the 1980 Winter Olympics before moving to Denver the same year. While in Colorado, she worked for the Xerox Corp. and earned a bachelors degree in technical management at Regis University. She moved back to Saranac Lake in 1988 and got a job at the Lake Placid Horse Show Association, where she became the executive director in 1991.

I left there in 2000 and had all kinds of physical issues that were arising from sitting at a desk and stress-related stuff that kind of got me into yoga, she said.

Students practice yoga during one of Bartel's classes. From left, Susan Moody, Karen Boldis and Rick Retrosi. December 2019. Photo: Andy Flynn

Bartel began her yoga journey by buying a video. I would need to do it first thing in the morning just to get myself mobile and moving, she said. After six months of yoga, she was feeling better.

I was starting to unravel all kinds of physical pain from chronic neck and back problems. And I knew there was something to it.

Whats that saying? You can take the girl out of the city, but you cant take the city out of the girl. Bartel admits to having a type A personality, so slowing down with yoga wasnt natural. But she worked hard at it, taking the time she needed to get healthy.

What I really found was it is just the time that you take for yourself and the relaxation, she said. That was profound for me because Im a go, go, go person. It just evolved.

Bartel bought more and more yoga videos, enough to create her own library.

And about a year-and-a-half later, I was telling my husband, I think I want to go learn how to teach yoga. I want to learn more about this. And he was like, Go for it.

Bartel began teaching classes in 2000 and opened Inner Quest Yoga at her current location in 2005 living quarters on the lower level, and studio on the main floor. Now shes a certified yoga therapist, instructor and continuing education provider and specializes in a variety of disciplines, including Structural Yoga Therapy, mindfulness meditation, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, sonic healing, Reiki and iRest yoga nidra meditation.

And she remains in Saranac Lake, the health capital of the Adirondacks, where she feels like shes on vacation every day shes not working.

You can engage more in nature and find the nature that you are by living and breathing here in the Adirondacks, Bartel said. Its uplifting to my soul for sure.... You know, getting out in the woods, whether it be for a half hour or for half a day, whatever it is, or being on the water, floating on the water, just washes the cares of the outer world away.

Students practice yoga during one of Bartel's classes. From left, Mary Jean Burke, Tom Boothe and Ed Roesner. December 2019. Photo: Andy Flynn

People who are on their own yoga journeys know what yoga is all about, but there are many people unfamiliar with the practice. They see images in the media of people in comfortable clothing, stretching on mats in pretzel-like poses. They hear about the many styles of yoga: Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Structural Yoga, Kripalu Yoga - the list goes on.

It can be confusing, overwhelming.

I dont think a lot of people know what yoga is because youll hear, Oh I cant do yoga because Im not flexible. And yoga is not the postures, Bartel said. The posturing we do in classes is a technique of yoga. So yoga really is a mind state. Yoga is meditation.

In Bartels yoga classes, she leads her students through postures, breath work and meditation to reach a natural state of calm and peace, a communion within. The mind is in a state of consciousness free from all kinds of thought, unaware of external forces. As the name of Bartels business implies, people take an inner quest to get to that mind state.

So things are happening, and youre able to hold your own sense of self and peace and calm no matter what is arising, she said.

Bartel learned the classical tradition of yoga and studied the yoga sutras of Patanjali, an ancient Indian sage in Hinduism. The 196 sutras (aphorisms) are short threads of information that help people explore yoga. They are divided into four chapters: samadhi (about enlightenment), sadhana (about the practice), vibhuti (about the results) and kaivalya (about liberation).

Everything you perceive in your life is a movement in awareness, Bartel said. And the more you practice yoga and you practice meditation and you come to see and be very intimate with all of these perceptions ... the more you can ultimately come to recognize that a lot of times theres no need to respond or react to whats going on. You become more of a witness or observer and maybe less emotional.

In the state of yoga, a person becomes completely absorbed in the body, mind and spirit.

Ultimately through the practices, Bartel said, people learn to let go more, and they get into the flow and pure bliss of being where they are through effortless effort not doing or striving to be just be the best in the moment without judgment.

From left, Susan Moody and Karen Boldis. December 2019. Photo: Andy Flynn

Asked what Bartels life would be like today if she never found yoga, she said, Id probably be a mess.

When she began yoga, she never thought shed be able to live without pain. She had problems as a child, with structural anomalies of scoliosis. She has whats called a military neck, an abnormal curve of the cervical spine.Without yoga, Bartel said she probably would have been guided toward surgery, which shes not convinced is the best solution for her. Yet her problems werent just physical.

A lot of it was rooted in the stress. You know, I just tend to be a person that naturally is nervous and easily anxious. And so I really found that I needed the relaxation and the meditation. Those pieces really allowed me to profoundly adjust my life in many ways, eliminating things I was doing that were not appropriate for my body.

Before yoga, she couldnt relax. Now she can sit down in the middle of the day and meditate for 20 to 30 minutes or longer. Some may call that a success story. Bartel calls it an evolution. The difference before and after yoga is night and day, she said.

Its been so profound to experience why I wasnt happy, why I wasnt feeling the joy in my life, and what makes me happy really is not anything that comes from outside, she said.

Mary Bartel while teaching a class. December 2019. Photo: Andy Flynn

In the digital age, everyone is bombarded with technology. They cant seem to get away from outside forces, the din of society the screens, the sounds, the images, the videos, the texts, the emails, the Tweets.

I think that the technology is taking people more and more away from themselves. I mean theres constant distraction, Bartel said. And its becoming so addictive that people cant even put their phones down and just be still and not outwardly looking at something, listening to something, seeing if they have a message.

Perhaps Americans need yoga more than ever. And Bartel is one of many instructors ready to share their knowledge, helping others transform themselves through yoga. While she continues teaching a few classes a week, she is focusing more on therapy, working one-on-one with people, helping them find an inner balance.

Its an intimate balance, and everybodys different, she said. So thats why adapting the practices to the individual is really key.

Bartel is like a guide on the journey to bliss. Along the way, shell ask a lot of questions. Are you doing what you love to do in life? Do you like your job? Do you love all the people you surround yourself with? Bartels business tag line is aligning with what is most essential. And that requires even more questions. What do I want? What do I need? What do I need to do? What do I not need to do? What do I need to let go of?

So many people are worried about things that happened in the past or the future that theyre not living right now, she said. And that was the beginning, the first sutra is and now, the practice of yoga.

Breathe in. Breathe out.


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Casa Bandha Yoga also offers budget-friendly private yoga for $1 per minute.

Casa Bandha, a new yoga studio in Manayunk, offers low-cost group classes and private sessions. / Photograph by Jack Torella.

If theres one thing we hope for your wellness journey this year, its that itll be inexpensive. Luckily, self-care is becoming more financially attainable, thanks to this new yoga studio in Manayunk. Casa Bandha Yoga, founded by Philly-area yoga teacher Christine Bosch, offers small-group and private yoga at an affordable price, so that everyone no matter the circumstance can pursue healthy living.

At Casa Bandha, group classes are 100-percent donation-based with no minimum, meaning you can focus on your practice without worrying about the cost. Practice a wide-range of Ashtanga-based styles, including traditional vinyasa, heated vinyasa, candlelight yin/restorative, and guided meditation. These group classes, which can comfortably host eight to 10 yogis, will be offered on a non-fixed, pop-up schedule, and will be reliant on client feedback. If Wednesday mornings work better for you than Friday evenings, all you have to do is say the word. This, according to Bosch, gives the Casa Bandha community a stronger voice in their yoga practice. Group workshops like acro yoga and Thai yoga are also in the works.

Want a more intimate practice? Opt for private yoga, which is offered at a rate of $1 per minute, so you can come as you are and pay what you can. Whether you want a 30-minute session or a full hour, you have the opportunity to put your wellness first in a budget-friendly way.

Want to refine your yoga practice with personal hands-on adjustments? Opt for a private session for $1 per minute. / Photograph by Jack Torella.

Bosch decided to open a financially accessible yoga studio based off her own personal experiences. She has taught at a variety of fitness studios including Maha Yoga, Life Time Athletic, EverybodyFights, and Fitler Clubs The Field House, and has been a single mom for the past three years, making for a jam-packed to-do list (and, we imagine, fairly limited me time).

Seeking more control over her finances, energy, and schedule, Bosch wanted to give the same to her community. Yoga has provided me coping mechanisms during times of stress, Bosch says. I believe people shouldnt have to put their mental health, self-care, and overall wellness on the back burner because of money.

Casa Bandha Yoga is located at 143 Levering Street in Manayunk. You can book a private session and stay up-to-date on pop-up group classes on their Instagram.

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Quirky and quintessentially Minnesotan, fish houses become art installations out on an ice-covered lake in January and February. The Art Shanty Projects are ready to chill out on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis for four weekends, starting Saturday.

After a crazy successful 2018 during the Super Bowls stop in Minneapolis, the Shanties took a hiatus last winter, when a grant from the State Arts Board didnt come through, says artistic director Erin Lavelle. The board had to make a decision pause or do it anyway.

It seemed wiser to take a break rather than disappoint some of the 40,000 people who visited the Shanties the year before, Lavelle says.

The Art Shanty Projects began in 2004 and called Plymouths Medicine Lake home until 2012. In 2014, it relocated to White Bear Lake for a couple of years and then moved to Lake Harriet (Bde Unma).

The 2020 event on ice will feature 22 Shanties and 14 performing groups and we cant calculate how many artists more than 100, Lavelle says. There arent many repeats from previous years, she adds. A jury picks the participants and this jury wasnt too interested in repeats.

Lavelle, who is in her first year as artistic director for the Art Shanty Projects, was a participating artist for a couple of years (she was in a shanty on White Bear Lake one warm year in water up to the top of my galoshes) and a longtime audience member. She calls the early Art Shanty Projects a little more wild and rogue, drawing curious audiences who didnt know what to expect.

This years Art Shanty Project will have an entrance gate, Lavelle says. Visitors can talk with artists and get some tips there. And theyll be asked to make a donation of $10 to $20, though no one will be required to pay.

While every shanty is open during all public hours, some have timed activities, including: tours of the shanty village on the hour (11, noon, 1, 2, 3) at Shantastic Tours!, daily kicksled sailing races behind Rocky the Rockin Sea Shanty, and rotating performers at: Temple of Agency, The Holding Shanty, The Shanty of People Who Know Things, and -7 Degree Entry Danceteria. And visitors can sign up in advance and bring a swimsuit and towel for an hourlong sauna session in the MinneSauna shanty (theres a changing room inside).

Theres an on-ice dance club with a light-up dance floor (-7 Degree Entry Danceteria) and Snow-ga (yoga in the snow from Yess Yoga).

Performers will be inside and outside the shanties, including Bella Yaga, Brownbody, Nitka, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Twin Cities Native Lacrosse, Winter Plein Air Painters and the Minnesota Art Car community. A full performance schedule is at

This first weekend is Youth & Families weekend, with programming designed for younger audiences. The Lake Harriet Kite Festival takes place adjacent to Art Shanty Projects from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 25.

There will be food trucks on the shore and accessible entrances to the ice. And Lake Monster Brewing has created an Ice Shanty Chocolate Porter.

Lavelle, who is a public artist and works mostly in textiles, is also involved in Northern Spark, the summer night arts festival, which like the Shanty Project is taking a year off. And which like its cold-weather counterpart will be back in a year, Lavelle says.

She shared some quirky and fun highlights:

Shanty Village Bus Tours: Think of a double-decker tour bus, Lavelle says. This tour bus is a four-person surrey bike with puppets on top. Riders move the puppets as well as the vehicle. Its fun to ride and to watch, Lavelle says.

Flora Sauna: In addition to the sauna for human visitors, there will be a plant sauna shanty, Lavelle says. OK, a greenhouse.

Pollinator Shanty: Last time, this shanty focused on monarch butterflies with bicycles that featured giant butterfly wings. This year, other pollinators, such as hummingbirds, have been added.

Franconia Flash Shanty: Franconia Sculpture Park, the outdoor art destination north of St. Paul, is getting into the shanty scene this year, Lavelle says. Visitors are immersed in the dark and get a surprise after-image out in the snow.

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Where yoga embraces nature.

A Participants Interview

by Kathleen Troy

Thank you Kathleen, I am excited to be here and to have you, one of our first participants at our Spring into Summer 2019 Retreat, interview me.

I am Rhodella Hughes. My husband, Patrick and I live in Somers, NY where weve raised our three children our youngest is now a junior in college. We would spend many weekends at our second home up in the Adirondack Mountains.

In raising our children it was important for Patrick and I to maintain and teach the core values and simplicity of life that we were fortunate to grow up with. I come from a long line of farmers and I lived on farms as a small child. We settled in Somers, planted many home gardens and raised our own chickens for the fresh eggs and poultry. After our busy week of school and work in Somers we would head out for the weekend to the Adirondack Mountains enjoying all that nature had to offer. We would go skiing, fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking and practice yoga at the studio down the road. The 19 acre property with the yoga studio was being sold and I knew it would be a great opportunity for us. I had a vision to one day create and share a place that would provide the same breath of fresh air I was so grateful to have over the years. I like to call it jumping off the hamster wheel.

In 2015, we purchased what we now call The Divine Acres home to Yoga in the Adirondacks (YitA), where yoga embraces nature. The 1905 Farmhouse has been fully renovated. Our organic farm provides for our seasonal farm to table meals at our retreats. We have chickens and ducks and sell our fresh organic eggs at the Divine Acres store. We have mapped out hiking trails for different levels throughout the property. I am a yoga instructor, having completed my 500 hour certification this Spring 2020 and a passionate essential oil enthusiast.

Yes, its all the grace of God, listening to the opportunities. The timing was perfect as Patrick had just retired from working in Manhattan for over 25 years and our children are all adults.

We see incredible opportunities for growth. Our retreats, yoga classes, workshops and events will create opportunity for community health and wellness.

The Divine Acres, nestled in the beautiful Adirondacks State Park is a very special place of healing within the quiet and solitude of the Adirondack Mountains. We are working with wonderful facilitators Beth Mendoza of Evolution yoga by beth and Stacy Hendrie a nutritious delicious foods chef. Stacy prepares our farm to table meals and will also be teaching a healthy cooking class at our next January 12th, 2020 Fall into Winter Retreat. Patrick is the Property Manager and leads our retreat hikes. He will be demonstrating How to make Maple Syrup during our Spring Retreat March 27th-29th, 2020. In addition, we will be growing our facilitators directory and we encourage anyone who may desire to be a teacher of our community to attend one of our retreats. Our on-site store in the Farmhouse will continue to expand.

Patrick and I feel very blessed to have so much support from our family and friends during this time creating and building YitA at the Divine Acres.

Well I can relate, because I once was a hesitant participant as well. However, I chose not to let the not knowing stand in my way of a new experience. Letting go of my fears and opening up to new potential and opportunities within life. Showing up and being present is one of the greatest gifts I give myself. And always remembering growth can only be measured from where Ive been.

Thank you, Kathleen for sharing your experience. That is our mission to create an opportunity for people to be with themselves for a few days. Letting go of worries, concerns, and responsibilities for a moment in time while enjoying nature.

The experience youve created is pricelessKT

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FITNESS FRIDAY: What I’ve learned from baby yoga – Shoreline Times

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I have learned a lot from teaching yoga over the last decade, but I have learned the most from teaching Baby Yoga! Babies have a way of making everything so pure and simple.

They approach (most of) life with curiosity and joy, and I try to conjure a little bit of that into my every day.

Here are some of my takeaways from leading Baby & Me Yoga classes that Id like to share with you to apply to our everyday life:

1. It's good to have a plan but be prepared to go with the flow. You can show up with the perfect class in mind but your students may have an entirely different idea of how that class is going to go. Maybe their nap never happened, they could be hungry or generally unimpressed with the class. Roll with it! Lighten up about the plan and enjoy the class as it evolves. If that's not being in the moment, I don't know what is!

2. Keep it Simple. Sometimes I try and squeeze too much into a class or a day. Leonardo Da Vinci was quoted as saying "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Prepare a plan for a class, for the day, for the month - and while it's good to be ready to abandon it, sometimes a quick review and small paring down will do the trick. This can be applied for any part of our busy lives.

3. We practice yoga because it feels good! I say this all of the time: "It's called Happy Baby pose; it is not called stressed out adult trying to perfect their Happy Baby pose." We have been doing many Yoga poses since we were kids but never knew it - Happy Baby, Bridge, Wheel, etc...the positions are intuitive. We did them because they felt good. This is a beautiful thing. We start with the knowledge that it feels good to roll on the floor and hold our feet in a Happy Baby pose (hence the name) but somewhere along the line, we forget. When we return to the Yoga studio in later years to relearn these poses, our adult minds wish to perfect it. But the perfection is in the act of practicing the pose, not the end goal of perfecting it.

4. Just show up it is half the battle! Being home with a new baby can be very lonely at times and sometimes the caregiver is just happy to have found the motivation to have gotten out of the house. While the class is about connecting with their baby in class, it is also connecting with other adults. Social interaction and connection with like-minded people can brighten anyones day whether its a parent, senior citizen or friend. Even when showing up is the hardest part, more often than not, it is the most rewarding.

These four pillars of why I love teaching Baby & Me classes hold true in both my classes and daily life. It's easy to forget the little things sometimes. But when you go with the flow, keep it simple, do what feels good and commit to showing up to the things that bring you joy, it's not often met with regret.

As an instructor, its humbling beyond measure to try and lead these classes, especially with a 6-month-old of my own, and starting in January when I launch a new session of Baby & Me classes, Ill be doing my best to practice what I preach.

Tracee Dolan is a Yoga Instructor at Priv-Swiss Fitness, an award-winning, upscale, boutique fitness studio, located at 1587 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, 757 Boston Post Road, Madison and 57 Main St., Ivoryton (coming soon); phone: 860-391-8735; website:

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