Now practiced in warm, spacious studios, yoga was developed inside chilly meat lockers, where students focused intensely on legs of lamb and skewered sides of beef with steely warrior poses. Energize mind and body the comfortable way with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a five-class pack at Metrowest Yoga, with locations in Westborough and Worcester (up to a $70 value).
Metrowest Yoga keeps its studio heated anywhere from 90 to 97 degrees to protect muscles and help participants release toxins and rejuvenate through sweating. All of Metrowest’s classes are meditative and spiritual, from the beginner-friendly class for newer students to the MYoga Hot Hatha class, which emphasizes focus by holding postures for a minute or longer. Yoga-goers can take advantage of Metrowest's showers and changing areas post-class, avoiding sweat-soaked appearances at driver's license photo sessions. Students should plan to bring plenty of water and a towel.
On a recent birthday, Shawn Shaw reflected on her life. There had been lessons learned about love, happiness, and the inherent beauty of life that is present even amid disappointment. For Shawn, a dedicated practice of yoga and meditation was the wellspring for many of the lessons learned. The teenage Shawn kept fit as a distance runner, first picking up yoga as a supplementary form of exercise and stretching. It wasn't until a few years later, amid a storm of personal struggles and a battle with cancer, that she discovered the healing properties of daily practice. Today she credits yoga with transforming her physical and emotional health and cultivating a peaceful attitude. Moreover, her newfound clarity and mental presence become something Shawn had to share. She opened her own studio, Metrowest Yoga, in 2005. Now with two locations in Westborough and Worcester, the curriculum includes Shawn's own invention, Myoga Hot Hatha, which is grounded in stillness and allows students to hold poses longer than usual as they make peace between breath and body.
Metrowest Yoga's studio focuses on building a strong healthy body and cultivating a calm, peaceful mind. The styles offered are mostly vigorous in a heated room but some gentle restorative classes are offered too. Regularly scheduled classes include Vinyasa or Flow, Hatha and Ashtanga styles. Beginner’s classes or a 6 week Brand New Beginner’s course are also offered.