Yoga has been one of the only things that really helps reduce my back pain, but doing it at home is difficult. There are so many distractions, that I rarely get a few minutes peace to myself. Therefore, venturing out to a class works best and I am thrilled to have discovered Blu Rain Yoga which is right in the heart of Antioch!
The class I tried was the Monday evening Vinyasa Flow. From the moment I walked through the door into the beautiful studio, I think my stress started to melt away. The instructor, Sara, was amazing. She was friendly, calm, and didn’t rush through the poses like I have witnessed in classes elsewhere. I have taken many yoga classes over the past decade, but this class had some different poses and just different ways of doing things, which I loved! The class was relaxing, yet challenging, but not so difficult that I felt out of place. I felt very comfortable there with both the instructor and the other class participants.
My favorite part of the class was the cool down stretches, which really stretched my legs out (I felt the soreness for the next two days, but in a good way!), followed by Savasana. They had blankets to cover yourself with if you wanted to, or you could just lay there without. I found the temperature in the studio to be just perfect, not too hot, not too cold. The instructor also offered us eye masks to put over our eyes, and essential oils which she came up and did on our shoulders as a shoulder press. I absolutely loved that! Never before have I seen this in any other yoga class.
I felt so relaxed and rejuvenated after I left the class, and I definitely will be returning to try other classes and to take this class with Sara again. Blu Rain offers a variety of yoga classes and there are some each day of the week. Mats, straps and blocks are provided, or you may bring your own. The studio is centrally located in Antioch, there is plenty of parking right outside the studio
Editor’s note–Little Lake County Writer Jenna B. observed and participated in the preschool yoga session. Her experience with the class follows.
Dear yogis, have you ever wanted to “bark” in downward dog? This week I watched, with a somewhat jealous heart, as my kids participated in the most fun and creative yoga class I have ever seen. And yes, this included actual “barking” during downward dog.
How does one teach yoga to a preschooler, I wondered. Especially since I was bringing both my two-and-half-year-old and my five- year-old. I watched in awe as Becky, the instructor, captivated the attention of seven little ones, memorized their names, played games, and allowed them to make up their own moves. She taught them superpowers, gentle stretches, and a flow with pictures they colored. They played with balloons to practice breathing. (They enjoyed the balloons immensely.)
And the miracle of miracles, savasana, or the quiet relaxing centering time at the end, she had all seven children laying on the floor quietly, eyes closed, paying attention to their breathing. I wonder if Ms. Becky is available for bed time at my house? There is a plan and a flow and a purpose to each preschool yoga class that Becky outlines for parents. She outlines the whats and the whys, which I found fascinating. Why don’t all classes do this?
The class is 45 minutes long. Some moms choose to stay and peek in on the class. And some choose to go next door to Cafe Book for a coffee, either is acceptable and encouraged.
Preschool yoga is held on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. It is open to children ages 2.5 – 5 years old. Besides this class, another kid-friendly class is offered on Saturdays–a Mommy and Me class from 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., where mothers and their young children, up to preschool age, can participate together. These are drop-in classes that cost $10 for a session.
After class, both of my kids were definitely excited about going back and we plan to attend often. Be sure to check the studio website for the schedule, pricing and any special offers. I’m sure your kids will enjoy these classes as much as mine did.
The authors received a complimentary class in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are the writer’s own.