While people are coming to yoga for different reasons — stress relief, building strength and flexibility, learning to breath — “Everyone comes back for the ‘ahhh,’” said Sayde Alexandrescu, a yoga instructor at Illuminations Studio in the Cherry Building in Cedar Rapids.
“The feeling you have after class will get you to return.”
Alexandrescu’s practice, Soundness with Sayde, focuses on Vini yoga.
“The breath is an integral part of the practice, not just for the meditation but for the transitions and poses,” she explained. “But I also add my own flavor to each session based on the time of the year.”
She said yoga can be a great stress reliever, especially for those who work desk jobs day in and day out.
“Most of us carry a lot of stress, whether environmentally caused or otherwise. There’s something very unnatural about the way we work. And so yoga allows us to reconnect,” Alexandrescu said.
But she cautions beginners that it may not be love at first class.
“People come in so keyed up,” she said. “Yoga is so counter to what you do all day in the office. It’s not necessarily fun the first time.
“It’s a change of channels to go from your work day which can be hard to do at first.”
Lovar Davis Kidd, a certified yoga instructor teaching at SOL Studio, also in the Cherry Building, agreed. Continue reading >>