Tranquility Yoga Team!

Our goal at Tranquility is always to serve our people with times that work and classes that challenge (not too much; not too little) to help you enjoy your yoga time on the mat.
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Tranquility's team of Sheri, Micah, Alyssa, and myself work diligently to prepare practices that are beneficial.  We all have a different teaching style, and our strengths are very complimentary!  
Here are some general questions that I am often asked with answers you might enjoy reading...
  1. Why do we set an intention at the beginning of each session?
    • An intention is called a "sankalpa."  We take this time at the start of each hour to bring our attention from outside to inside.
    • It is like a compass that steers us to where we want our time together to go and can be used for the rest of the day to set a positive affirmation.
    • "So Ham" where the "a" has an "AHHH" sound means, "I am that.." it is the sound of the breath as you restrict the glottis in Ujjayi breath.  Sample intentions could include the following:
      • I am that strong, balanced, and flexible.
      • I am that peaceful.
      • I am that present.
    • Your word or phrase can be the same every time or different depending on your mood, your mindset, your body needs, etc.
  2. To chant or not to chant.  What is the reasoning behind the chanting?
    • Chanting simply gives you the opportunity to focus your mind on a positive thought.
    • As a group, it gives us a central thought; almost like a consistency or chorus of mindset.
    • "OM" is considered to be the "sound of the universe."  It offends some and is enjoyable for others.  We do not chant "OM" to keep from being offensive.
    • "Be still and know" or "Truth is my identity" with finger tapping is often practiced at Tranquility.
  3. What are the Six Movements of the Spine?
    • Extension of the Spine (cow or cobra pose)
    • Flexion of the Spine (cat or down dog pose)
    • Rotation of the Spine (simple twists)
      • Right
      • Left
    • Lateral Flexion (side bending like gate pose or half moon pose)
      • Right 
      • Left
  4. I like Sun Salutations or I don't like Sun Salutations.  Why do we do them in our classes?
    • Sun Salutes warm us up and continue the tone or focus that we began with our six movements of the spine.  This is how we start each practice in some form or other.
    • Our creativity as teachers is grounded with the movements linked with the breath.  Sheri, Alyssa, Micah, and I all do them in a similar fashion but at different times and varying amounts of repetition.
    • Sun Salutes A, B, and C lay the ground work for the elements that we want to introduce in the class and help us integrate those important concepts throughout the practice.
    • You will find more sun salutes in the power classes and vinyasa classes than in the other practices.  Sometimes in a gentle class, you may not do a full salute; you may do half salutes, moon salutes, or none at all.
  5. Why do you level the practices, and may I attend a class that is not at my beginner, seasoned beginner, or intermediate equivalent?
    • Our intention is to make the class fit your time schedule without overwhelming you at a difficulty that would be inappropriate for your ability or medical issues.  Some brand new beginners love the power flows, and others want a gentler practice with more instruction.
    • You are welcome to come to any class on the schedule and modify as needed.  
    • Our studio specializes in using props, such as blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters, sand bags, eye pillows, final relaxation cloths scented with lavender, or unscented cloths for that purpose.
    • Some teachers have a style that is quieter with longer holds and others enjoy the movement and heat building.  We can all teach the variety of classes, but you will see our own unique techniques evolve through the time together.  We have a great team at Tranquility!
  6. What is the Summer Schedule? Our new May - August calendar is set, and it will begin on May 27th, the day after Memorial Day. 
  • We have streamlined our class offerings this summer to the following:
  • 5:30 a.m. every weekday Monday - Friday, 
  • 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays, 
  • 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays, 
  • 10:00 a.m. weekdays Monday - Friday, 
  • 12:00 p.m.  Noon Monday through Saturday, 
  • 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, 
  • 4:00 p.m. four days a week on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 
  • 5:30 p.m. weekday evenings, and 
  • 6:45 p.m. on weekdays.
  • Saturday workshops for children and tweens/teens at 10:30 Saturday
  • Saturday workshops for adults at 1:30 p.m. Saturday
7.  The hardest question to answer is "Will you extend my expiration date?"  
This is a tough one for me.  I like saying "yes" to every question, but this is not one that I can answer with the affirmative.

Brian and I wish we did not have expiration dates; however, every business offers coupons or special deals for less money with a timely fashion to use the option.  We set the expiration dates to help you benefit from practicing 2 to 3 times a week or more and always offer the drop-in fee ($10) as an alternative.  If you cannot pay, please speak with us privately about scholarships.

Once again, thank you for coming to class!  Our March Extravaganza has been such a success.  The 31 classes card expires 10 days from today. 
  • Next month, April 1 - 30, new customers will enjoy two weeks of Unlimited for $20.00.  
  • Wednesday Friend's Day goes into effect this spring and summer where you can bring a new friend to the studio for only $5.00 cash.  Otherwise, it is a $10.00 drop-in or two punches off your card for your guest.

This Sunday, March 23, is our last Yoga Warriors at 1:00 p.m.  Next Saturday, March 29, is our Zen Tangle, Zen Yoga, and Zen Journal workshop at 1:30 p.m.  Sign up today for $30.00.

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