Yoga LP 10.02.18

Sue Anderson, RYT-200
For years I’ve said that I began my yoga practice to manage back pain, but I’ve come to realize that wasn’t the entire answer.  From my first days on the mat, I was there out of curiosity. This still holds true.  Yoga offers us an ever-changing mind body exercise that can encompass every aspect of our beings, giving us a place to grow stronger mentally, physically, and emotionally.  Every day, there’s something more to learn.
In 2016, I had the good fortune to complete the 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Empower Yoga in Appleton, Wisconsin, and have been teaching ever since.  While I will always appreciate a fast, sweaty flow, recently I’ve been focusing on a gentler approach to yoga, making it accessible to a broader spectrum of our population.  Here at 2 Rivers, I have the opportunity to lead a bit of both styles.
Outside of the studio, I have a bike-mad husband of many years, a wonderful teenage daughter, and a crew of cats & chickens fiercely guarded by our little Havanese dog, Suki.  
Hope to meet you on the mat!

Current Classes

Tuesdays @ 5:30pm - 60 mins - Mixed Level Class - Reinforce the basics and push a little further!

Fridays @ 8:00am - 60-75 min - Beginner Level Class - A class for everybody!  Learn the basics through slower poses and longer breathing!

ALL CLASSES ARE HELD AT OUR WATERTOWN LOCATION


Yoga punch cards are available in-store and online - 10 punches per card, $80 - 1 punch per class

WHAT IS VINYASA YOGA?

The word "Vinyasa" is derived from the Sanskrit term nyasa, which means “to place,” and the prefix vi, “in a special way”—as in the arrangement of notes in a raga, the steps along a path to the top of a mountain, or the linking of one asana to the next. In the yoga world the most common understanding of vinyasa is as a flowing sequence of specific asanas coordinated with the movements of the breath. Vinyasa means a gradual progression or a step-by-step approach that systematically and appropriately takes a student from one point and safely lands them at the next point. It is sometimes described as the “breathing system,” or the union of breath and movement that make up the steps.


WHAT DO I BRING?

All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. We will have mats, blocks and straps available for you.  As your practice develops you might want to buy your own yoga mat. You may want to bring a hand towel and water, though we suggest you drink water before and after, and not during practice.


WHAT DO I WEAR?

We suggest comfortable, stretchy clothing that is not too loose or it will get in your way, and make it difficult for the instructor to check your alignment. Most women wear a tank or tee with leggings and men wear a tee with shorts. In the cooler months, the room is heated to a comfortable 75 degrees. We also ask you refrain from wearing scented lotions and perfumes in respect for those who have sensitivities to fragrances.


I'M NOT FLEXIBLE --CAN I DO YOGA?

Yes you are the perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being. 


HOW IS YOGA DIFFERENT FROM STRETCHING AND OTHER KINDS OF FITNESS?

Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali’s eight-fold path illustrates how the physical practice is just one aspect of yoga. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.