Yoga provides benefit to those who practice it in so many ways. Whether it is a desire for improved health or flexibility, for increased relaxation, for mental or spiritual centering, a boost in your energy, or just a healthy curiosity that brings you to a class or instructor, Yoga is an excellent way to bolster your daily life in a way that will stay with you long after you leave the studio.
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years. Its roots are in India, but it has long been a meditative and health discipline practiced in cultures the world over. Essentially, it is the practice of gentle stretching, strength building, and energizing of the body through the holding of certain postures called Asanas, while concentrating on the breath. Most practitioners will begin their practice with a centering and end with a final relaxation and meditation.
Although many practice yoga on their own in their home, using audiotape or videotape/DVD instruction, following along with instructors on television programs (some programs are offered on Public Broadcasting System channels or fitness channels), or by simply practicing independently by taking themselves through the Asanas they feel would be most suited to their current needs, most people find the instruction and attention to form and posture provided in yoga classes to be the most beneficial. In class, the instructor is available to address and correct small details of the students’ poses that will help them to get the most from their practice. Yoga by instructor also ensures the students will experience a balanced routine, with all parts of the body worked and the appropriate counter stretches included to gain flexibility and strength and avoid overuse or injury.
If you live in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, there are a couple of places you can go to take yoga courses. Both are located within easy walks of the heart of the neighborhood and are convenient to public transportation.
Blissful Monkey Yoga Studio
663 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: (617) 522-4411
Blissful Monkey is open seven days a week and offers a range of classes through out the day. There is something for every skill level and even offers yoga specifically designed for pregnant women, and chair yoga for seniors. Classes are $15.00 per class for drop-ins for most classes. All classes are 90 minutes long with the exception of lunch time yoga and chair yoga, which last 60 minutes and are offered at a discounted rate. Lunch time yoga is $10.00, and chair yoga is $5.00 per class. Discount multi-class cards are available.
Another option is JP Yoga, which is located on the second floor of the Chapel at the Central Congregational Church. Two classes are taught per week, on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 11:00am. Classes are $15.00 per class for drop-ins, with a $10.00 discounted fee for first time students. Discount multi-class cards are available. Both classes are 90 minutes long. Private instruction is also available for $50.00 for a 90 minute class, and $70.00 for a 90 minute class for two.
Central Congregational Church
Chapel, Second Floor
85 Seaverns Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: (617) 524-7026