By Jennifer Gray
Upon opening the Yoga Center in 2000, I did so with the passion to provide yoga for everyone, at any time of their life. It was my dream to create a space for the young, the old, athletes, couch potatoes, the nimble and the stiff. Where judgement of self and others had no place and where our community could come for the multitude of benefits that yoga has to offer.
This very concept is how the Yoga Center was born and why I chose to create a place with a deep amount of knowledge and offerings to meet the needs of many.
So, how do you know what styles or practices are right for you? First, we must bring awareness to each of our personal needs. Each of us comes to yoga with a want and need to better ourselves in some way shape or form. Whether it be physically, mentally or both. It is also a true statement that each of us changes over time and that we all have different needs at different stages of our life. Therefore, we must consider what it is we really need to practice, in this moment, to find balance.
It is important to know that when we are in a state of chaos or low mood we tend to crave and seem to be motivated by the very things that serve us the least. In this fast paced world we live in, we must recognize if we deal with this by doing too much or by too little. Once we identify that, we can pick the practice, or practices, that will serve us the most. If you are feeling depleted and tired due to too much life and activity you may consider taking more restorative practices such as Meditation, Restorative, Yin or Gentle Yoga, and then a few active or dynamic classes to keep your energy up such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Tantra or Jivamukti Yoga.
In a different week you may feel completely lethargic and the effects of winter drawing in. With this, you may need to create more internal heat by coming to the more active classes and then balance that out by taking restorative as a way to replenish. Interestingly, this act of drawing your awareness to what you truly “need” the most in the present moment, is an important yoga practice with in itself. Of course there are also Yoga classes to meet specific needs and cater to what interests you such as Big A#!% Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Fertility, Kids/Teen Yoga, Yoga for flexibility, Yoga for Backcare, Yoga for Depression, the list goes on and we have it all!
Still don’t know what to take or how to begin? That’s what yoga teachers are for! To help you find practices that are meaningful for you. If you are a beginner, no matter what your fitness level, find a foundation or Beginning Yoga class to start off on the right foot. Our highly qualified and experienced staff and teachers are here to help you create a schedule of meaningful experiences that are well rounded and help you to feel great!
Jennifer Gray is the founder and co-owner of the Yoga Center of Minneapolis.
In September 2000, Jennifer opened the doors of the Yoga Center with hopes and dreams of helping people find yoga and rediscover who they are truly meant to be. A wife, a mother of three, a yoga instructor, and a business woman, Jennifer feels truly blessed to be living a full and meaningful life.