Choose from Three Options
- $19 for five yoga classes ($75 value)
- $39 for 10 yoga classes ($120 value)
- $45 for four weeks of unlimited yoga classes ($135 value)
Three Things to Know About Yoga
Few fitness disciplines meld relaxation and strength-building like yoga. Read on to learn about its surprising origins and incredible diversity.
1. In Sanskrit, yoga means “union.” (The word shares a root with the English word “yoke.”) The things being united are the mind, body, and breath, as practitioners use motion to guide the thoughts toward peaceful awareness and away from the funny-looking dog walking past the studio window.
2. Historically, strength and flexibility were probably just side benefits. In fact, some of the first Indian yogis to arrive to the U.S. explicitly rejected asanas, or postures, as a distraction from meditation. Recent research by yogi and scholar Mark Singleton indicates that, starting in the 1920s, a Scandinavian fitness system known as Primitive Gymnastics became wildly popular in India, and began to meld with far older yoga traditions that were more concerned with breath and focus. Around the same time, other teachers in India traveled the country teaching strengthening and combat techniques under the guise of yoga, in the hopes of preparing to rise against British rule. This complex stew of influences eventually produced the blend of movement and meditation most Westerners recognize as yoga today.
3. Today an estimated 20–30 million North Americans practice yoga. What that looks like in practice is wildly diverse—everything from sweaty, tolerance-testing hot yoga to quick-flowing vinyasa yoga to “laughter yoga,” which combines yogic breathing with deliberate laughter to ease stress. One of yoga’s greatest virtues is its adaptability: props make classes accessible to older students, and prenatal classes teach pregnant women poses that take into account their extra-stretchy ligaments and tendency toward lower-back pain.
A Chat with Bellies and Babies
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our welcoming community here at Bellies and Babies makes it easy for first timers to join our classes without feeling intimidated. For already practicing students, instructors help them grow further into their practice with nurturing guidance.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
In doing yoga myself, I have experienced the benefits first hand. Suffering from ADD, I chose to use yoga to quiet my mind instead of medications and it really has helped to keep my mind grounded.
What do you love most about your job?
I can see the transformations in people through their yoga journey. It’s always so amazing to me how quickly it happens.