By: Chase Heidner
Body Image and Yoga
I had the privilege of listening to co-owner Jane Musgrave explain just how she, and co-owner, Mindy, run their body image positive yoga studio at Ganesha. She emphasized that she wants to "bring yoga to everyone." Their ultimate goal is to make sure that everyone is comfortable in her studio and that everyone supports each other. You don't walk into yoga expecting to know how to stand on your head right away when you think that you're in a beginner level class. Or expected to know what "hatha or vinyasa or ashtanga or power or any mashup of the foregoing," (Hanzlik) means. When you walk into Ganesha, you are comfortable, content, and ready to practice yoga.
Does Ganesha Offer A Variety of Yoga Classes?
They have Plus-size classes, Heavy-Weight, intermediate, one-on-one, and many, many others. They teach the spirituality of yoga, they teach meditation, they teach to improve yogi's psychologically. Basically they teach from all corners of the yoga world!
And get ready for this, animal lovers - They even have Bring Your Dog To Yoga classes in the summer! Honestly, this was my first time ever hearing of such a thing. What class doesn't this yoga studio teach?
The variety of yoga that Ganesha has to offer is very comforting to any type of person interested in practicing yoga. I think Jane said it best when she said, "If you can breathe, then you can do yoga."
Does Ganesha Make Sure to Focus on Stress-Relief in Their Practice?
Just how Marshawn introduced to me a different way of looking at stress-relief in yoga, meaning body stress-relief over mind, Ganesha also gave me a new prospective on stress-relief. This new prospective I was given is stress-relief in YOGA. I never really thought to put myself in someone else's shoes when it came to yoga, but thanks to Ganesha, now I do. Some people are stressed just GOING to yoga. This is because they have a fear of being judged, or not being able to keep up with everyone else in the class. Ganesha makes it their goal to diminish this stress to extinction.
Lisa Watson from Clayton Yoga said it best when she stated, "I am not thin enough, flexible enough, not having enough experience, etc. Let’s face it, there is always somebody who has more flexibility than you or looks better in yoga pants. Does it have to mean that you cannot practice yoga? Not at all! And it would be crazy to let those “I am not enough” thoughts take the fun and serenity you get when practicing. You ARE enough!" (Watson)
I would say that Lisa Watson took the words right out of Jane and Mindy's mouths. Don't let the stresses of those thoughts prevent you from bettering your mind, body, and spirit. Don't let those thoughts prevent you from practicing yoga. Like I mentioned earlier, their ultimate goal is to eliminate that stress, and make it as comfortable for all types of people when they attend their classes.
Jane announced that "In the fall we will begin workshops on nutrition, stress relief and building healthy habits. Our goal is to take care of the whole you—mind, body and spirit." (Musgrave) This is just another indication that stress relief is very important in their practice.