Thursday, January 16, 2014
Those who drive down West Avenue may notice that yoga is back.
That’s because The Yoga Center had its grand opening on Saturday, taking the old building that was once the home of Radiant Well-Being Yoga Center at 501 West Ave. Cindy O’Brien, the new owner, purchased the location from Michael Carroll and looks to continue the quality of instruction that patrons had become accustomed to.
“We offer yoga and Pilates classes, and we offer them for everybody,” O’Brien said. “We offer classes for those who are familiar with yoga, those who have never, ever been on a yoga mat; we have yoga seniors, we have yoga for men, we have yoga for larger bodies, we have hot yoga and we also have yoga for people with injuries, may be pregnant or have physical issues that do not allow them to have full mobility. All of our classes are taught by certified teachers who are focused on the safety of the students to make sure they are not hurting themselves.”
O’Brien said the major perks of yoga include strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility and acquiring a more peaceful state of mind.
For yoga veterans, O’Brien said The Yoga Center offers them an opportunity to deepen their practice.
“Our yoga is not the yoga that you may find in a gym,” she said. “It is the traditional, classic yoga. It offers not only the physical aspects of yoga, but also the mental aspects.”
For those who are on the fence, she said there is an opportunity for them to “move their body and gain more flexibility.”
“It also improves their attitude toward their body,” O’Brien said. “So that they will take better care of themselves.”
Though she knows that many men may scoff at the idea of yoga, O’Brien points out that it was developed by men thousands of years ago.
“I think for men today it is a de-stressor,” she said. “It lowers blood pressure, it is good for the spine and we all hold tension in our spine, and it is not floaty kind of thing. You come here and you work as hard as you want to, but our instructors like to challenge their students within their own boundaries.”
In addition to classes and mats, The Yoga Center will start offering yoga clothing in the early spring. O’Brien said the CSRA is lacking in terms of a yoga clothing store, so she hopes that this location will become that. There are also CDs available for people to work on classes at home, as well as other props used for yoga.
The introductory package for new students includes three classes for $15.
Fore more information visit theyogacenter.net or call 803-613-0684.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.