Increased Mindfulness: Yoga-ta Try It

Increased Mindfulness: Yoga-ta Try It

If you’re anything like us, your mind is boggled by all of the different styles of yoga out there: Ashtanga, Bikram, prenatal, acro, hatha and more are styles that are thrown around on a regular basis, but what is yoga at its core? Yoga is a Hindu practice that dates back more than 5,000 years with more than 20 million practicing the art in the U.S. alone. The focus is on mind, body and spirit, with one of the primary benefits being increased mindfulness. Yoga helps us to live more intentionally, which is incredibly important in this busy world of ours. You may not think of Beaumont as a hot spot for yoga, but we have quality groups and studios in our area that offer an array of different classes. Here are three of our favorites, and each one offers something completely different.

Golden Triangle Yoga

Golden Triangle Yoga is the premier yoga teacher training facility in Southeast Texas. The program focuses on the tradition, philosophy and science of yoga more than the individual poses that yoga has become synonymous with. GTY’s Yoga Alliance 200-hour yoga teacher training is grouped into five modules, which can be completed over a period of time. The studio also offers individual yoga classes that focus on the tradition and philosophy of yoga. For additional information, visit www.goldentriangleyoga.com.

Beaumont Acro Yoga Community

The Beaumont Acro Yoga Community is a laid-back group of yogis who focus on a style that combines acrobatics and yoga with roots in Thai massage. This group is for you if you’re looking for increased flexibility, a non-traditional approach to yoga, and learning something that might be outside of your comfort zone. The best way to inquire about “jam sessions” is through their Facebook group “Beaumont Acro Yoga Community.” The group welcomes beginners with open arms, and most sessions are no cost.

Chandra Prenatal Yoga

Chandra Prenatal Yoga offers a gentle practice to expecting and new mothers. The class has a slower pace, and postures are chosen specifically for the benefit of the pregnant woman and for the therapeutic and healing benefits for new mothers. Prenatal yoga alleviates some of the discomforts of pregnancy including sciatica, water retention, and lack of mobility in the joints. Chandra Prenatal Yoga does not have a brick and mortar location, but classes are taught on Thursday mornings at Love Yoga starting at 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings at First United Methodist Church starting at 6:15 p.m., and include free childcare. For additional information, visit www.chandrayogamama.com.

We are lucky to have some quality yoga studios in Beaumont and even luckier to have some fantastic yoga events in our area including Mondays at the Museum, a monthly yoga event that takes place in the summer months and is hosted by Love Yoga studio at the McFaddin-Ward House, and events like “World Yoga Day,” which took place Feb. 21 and was celebrated by Christus Health & Wellness Center. The Wellness Center invited members of the community to join yoga students and teachers around the world in a two-hour yoga class to celebrate the international project. The event aimed to shed light on human rights issues while engaging communities across the globe. 

These studios and events are worth checking out, we hope you refrain from saying “namast’ay in bed” and go see what Beaumont has to offer!

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