One could say that 1996 was one of the worst years of Sara Alavi’s life. Within the span of months, she lost sight in her left eye, was diagnosed with MS, and developed a heart condition. Any one of those conditions could have debilitated her spirit, but Sara always lived by the mantra of “gratitude toward the gift of life and being grateful for our loved ones' lives.” That devotion to celebrating life led her toward the mind-calming and body-strengthening practice of yoga. After continued dedication to the ancient art, her eyesight returned and her health began to skyrocket.
Now a certified yoga instructor herself, Sara uses her earth-toned studio to host the bodies and minds of her students. Her yoga classes aim to improve bodily health by increasing blood flow and releasing muscle tension while stimulating the mind for sharper concentration and funnier Mad Libs. In the studio’s flower-curtain-lined healing room, Sara performs the raindrop massage: a combination of essential oils and reflexive therapy. She balances disrupted energy flows with reiki healing and assists at-home meditation with a guided relaxation CD.
Yoga takes a holistic mind-body-spirit approach to exercise, granting regular participants the ability to simultaneously restore a sagging set of muscles and a droopy joie de vivre. Cadence offers challenging vinyasa-based classes for all experience levels and has a team of encouraging instructors who will teach you how to properly position all possible postures of your person, including Downward Facing Dog, Pensive Panda, and Unreliable Narrator. Get acclimated with the essentials in a yoga basics class, which explores the exercise's traditional postures and breathing techniques at a gentle pace for beginners. For a challenging abdominal workout, stop in for a core blast class, which throws some targeted Pilates movements into the usual yoga mix, or participate in a yoga fit session that incorporates weight training. Cadence's mind-body and restorative classes explore the more meditative, soothing aspects of yoga and will help you relieve your mind of emotional tension to make way for more important things, like Star Trek: Voyager fan fiction, vice-presidential trivia, and your cubicle mate's first name. Find a class that matches you on Cadence Yoga's class schedule.