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South End Yoga's band of certified instructors leads small groups of body benders through a weekly schedule of active and meditative class styles inside a boutique studio. During Kripalu yoga classes, teachers offer modifications to help students to practice the poses within their range of ability while maintaining a focus on linking breath with movement and spontaneous games of freeze-frame. The Iyengar yoga style uses supportive props, allowing students suffering from previous injuries to strengthen muscles while sinking into each pose gently and gradually. Yin yoga promotes gently holding positions for three to five minutes and prenatal yoga helps to tone the muscles needed to support heavy human cocoons. South End Yoga provides mats for all classes.
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South End Yoga owner-instructor Patrice Flesch has been studying yoga for nearly four decades, but it was Kripalu yoga that finally inspired her to become a certified yoga instructor. Extremely accessible to newcomers and people with physical limitations, the discipline is distinguished by an extensive system of pose modifications that build flexibility gradually. Flesch applies these principles outside the studio in work with Alzheimer’s, cardiac, and cancer patients at her home base, a tucked-away space on a leafy street lined with row houses that all have excellent posture. Many of the classes at South End Yoga are tailored to accommodate students of all backgrounds, and most are limited to a small number of students.
Among other styles of yoga, Iyengar classes incorporate lightweight props to methodically tone muscles. Some classes are designed specifically with moms and moms-to-be in mind. During prenatal yoga, expectant mothers work on focused breathing and gentle stretching, whereas Mom & Baby classes incorporate tiny tots in a series of toning stretches.