As the yoga industry gains momentum, I receive frequent inquiries from new students interested in taking a class. In addition to logistics and scheduling, they often ask what they should be prepared for. My stripped down answer for them is something like, “Wear comfortable clothes, bring your yoga mat, some water, a small towel, and be ready to move your body and sweat!” In most cases, that’s all a student really needs to know.
What is a yogi? Is it someone with extreme amounts of contortionist-like flexibility, that can easily wrap their body into difficult positions with calm and grace? Is it the person who wakes up religiously at 4am to get on their yoga mat and do their daily practice while their family quietly sleeps? Is it that spiritual dude you follow on Instagram who can sit cross-legged for hours at a time, seemingly deep in meditation, whose feet never go numb… yet your feet (and butt cheeks for that matter) go numb just watching him? Is it your yoga teacher? Who is it? How did they get that title? And who gave it to them anyway?
Have you ever been to a donation based yoga studio? Has the term "donation" left you wondering what you should pay for a class? Well, you're not alone! Many yoga studios use the traditional method of charging students a specific amount per class. This model works! However, if the cost of class is not within a students budget, the class is unaccessible.
It's National Recovery Month -- This Sunday, September 25th, YogaMari Vermont will be hosting a Half Primary class to benefit the Trini Foundation. The Trini Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides the practice of Ashtanga yoga to those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Created by Level II Authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher Taylor Hunt, this organization helps to provide studio tuition scholarships, mentorship programs, yoga in prisons, and other services that help to save and better lives.