Where as many people prefer to chat with others during lunchtime, patrons of Yoga at Change look forward to quieting their minds. These 30-minute meditation sessions occur three times a week, and like the rest of the non-profit's curriculum, strive to inject some introspection into otherwise bustling days. Though "yoga" is in the studio's title, meditation figures heavily in many of its class and workshop offerings?Slow Flow yoga mixes it with Hatha poses, and Integral lessons combine chanting, meditation, and restful movements. Mothers can also channel meditative energy during Mom Baby Yoga and Yoga with Babysitting, specialty classes that allow them to engage in relaxing postures and meditation while staying connected to their little ones, who spend the sessions stretching out with their parent, sleeping, or playing.
The holistic philosophy of Yoga at Change is that all people have the right to spiritual insight, a healthy body, and a peaceful mind. The instructors strive to accomplish this through a blend of self-reflection, breath, and physical balance. The staff believes that there are several roads to wellness, and that all of them should be accessible, regardless of the client's skill level. They schedule several discounted or free demonstrations, and also offer a scholarship program to fund yoga practice for those in need of financial aid. Students attend classes based on their desired intensity?gentle, moderate, or vigorous. They can also register for workshops that address a slew of alternative health topics, which in the past have included treating lower back pain.
Ocean Yoga sprang from organic beginnings. Devastated when the community's lone yoga studio shuttered, Ron Kino and Alison Sanders gathered their yoga friends for a discussion of where they'd plant their mats next. Hopes were shared and plans were made, and a mere month later, the group was busy installing the bamboo floors and walls that form the base of Ocean Yoga. Today, the studio serves the community that built it with classes in a variety of yoga types, while also serving as a home for belly dance and Pilates practitioners. Hands-on workshops cover topics such as meditation, mandala creation, and whittling yoga pants out of sustainable wood. In addition, Ocean Yoga is bodywork destination, with massage, Reiki, Bowen, and acupuncture lending comfort to ambitious muscles.