Intro To Yoga

Hello CFitters!

I am excited to be stepping into the role of Fitness Director alongside Bradley this fall! Every time I attend a class at Community Fitness I am inspired and surprised by the amazing group of teachers that we have in our three studios. I love the commitment and passion that our instructors AND students bring on a daily basis to our classes. Where else is there a dance party three times a day?!

My primary practice for the past 15 years has been yoga.  I am continuously amazed by how a regular yoga practice keeps me grounded, sharp, and gives me the tools to live from a place of true health and gratitude.  We have a dedicated group of yogis at Community Fitness and an experienced and diverse group of yoga teachers that offer challenging yet inclusive classes every day. On Sunday, October 14 I am excited to be offering an Intro to Yoga Workshop for anyone who is curious about trying yoga and discovering the balance that it can bring to your life.  Please join us!

Additionlly, one of the first phone calls I made as Fitness Director, was to my teacher of over ten years; Master Yoga Teacher, Troy Lucero.  In Seattle, he’s known as ‘the Teacher’s Teacher’.  I’m delighted that Community Fitness will be hosting Troy for a series of 4 Master Classes this winter on the first Monday afternoon of each month beginning November 5.  If you want to find out where and how Vinyasa Yoga originated and how to take your practice to the next level in every way, don’t miss this opportunity to practice with Troy.  All levels welcome!

I look forward to seeing you in the studios soon! 

Intro To Yoga Q&A with Gina Skene

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga is an opportunity to connect with our bodies on a deeper level. We learn how to wake up muscles we didn’t know we had, stand taller, and move from a true sense of core. A yoga practice is also centered on breath which invites an overall sense of calm and well being. All of this follows you out of the studio and into the way you choose to move through life with more awareness and presence!

How does yoga supplement my existing (strength, cycle, dance, or fitness routine?

As we practice yoga, we become much more aware of our how our bodies function. We start to incorporate healthy alignment; engaging muscles that support a strong spine and easing muscles that hold tension like neck and upper back. Then it really all comes together with an awareness of breath which is key in finding your ‘zone’ in anything. This translates into focus and clarity to put your whole self into whatever activity you tackle. Speaking of… did you know the Seahawks started practicing yoga and meditating the year before they won the Superbowl?

Isn’t yoga for people who are very flexible?

No! People come up to me all the time and say, “I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible enough.” Yoga is a practice of balance: strength and flexibility, connection and expansion, inhale and exhale, sun and moon. So you come to your mat and investigate how you can find balance  – in your body, in your breath and in your mind. And don’t worry, we literally practice some balance. Tree pose, anyone?

Blog Post by Gina Skene

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