By Stephanie Epps
Yoga means yoke; to unite the mind, body, and spirit as one. Yoga is a lifelong journey of self-care, self-love, and growth. It allows practitioners to cultivate something new. This 5000+ year old practice is for all ages and abilities. The practice is accessible from seated meditation, to chair yoga, and to standing intense power yoga. At Indigo Soul Yoga we support and encourage all practitioner’s growth on and off the mat. It is an honor to be able to “blog” about yoga during the month of June.
In December 2014, the United Nations designated the 21st of June as International Yoga Day. We will have a special community event at 6PM on the 21st consisting of 108 sun salutations. Sun salutations are a series of yoga postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Each posture is coordinated with the breath. Inhale as you extend/open/stretch, and exhale as you fold or contract. In addition to June 21st being designated International Yoga Day, it is also the summer solstice. Summer solstice in the US is the longest day of the year; it marks the first day of summer and the moment when the sun reaches its highest point. Attending the 108 sun salutation event can ignite your yoga practice this summer.
The physical yoga postures support the body while helping focus the mind, spirit, and emotions. Yoga has been incorporated in many fields including for military personnel, healthcare providers, educators, and first responders. Research has found that breathing techniques and meditation have been integral in helping manage stress and response in high stress fields and as a tool for those battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
At Indigo Soul Yoga we offer Pilates, power yoga, hatha yoga, yin (deep stretching) yoga, restorative yoga, meditation, sound healing, and workshops. Indigo Soul has partnered with the Locust Grove Main Street to offer free yoga in the park throughout the summer. Yoga in the park will be held at 9:30AM at the Locust Grove City Park on June 8th and June 22nd. Additional classes will be announced over the next several months.
For the summer, adults and children ages 5 and above are welcome to attend our Family Yoga class on Tuesday mornings at 9:30AM. We are also having a Girls Empowered Yoga Camp for ages 8-16 from 8AM-Noon on June 12-14, 2019. These specialty classes are designed to build confidence and connection while empowering children and adults with tools that can be incorporated into every-day life.
At ISY we believe in Power & Rest. Power is the physical practice of poses such as those found in sun salutations; Rest is the relaxation and restoration of the mind, body, and spirit through meditation, breathing, and stillness.
We invite you to drop in for class. New Indigo Soul Yoga students are welcome to receive one month of unlimited yoga classes for $40.00. This introductory pass allows practitioners to attend a variety of classes with different teachers that can help start and grow your practice. Indigo Soul Yoga is located in the heart of downtown Locust Grove at 3835 Hwy 42. You can pass by the studio to say hello, give us a call at 470-332-9409, or check out our website at www.indigosouatl.com. We look forward to seeing you soon.