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May 12th-19th, 2019 Class Schedule
7:30-8:45am Ashtanga Vinyasa (Short Form)~Brenda
9:15-10:15am Intermediate Pilates Mat~Lorrie
6:00-7:15pm Slow Flow/Restore~Rainie (New Class!)
5:30-6:30pm Gentle Flow & Restore~Emily
8:00-9:00am Gentle Flow & Restore~Larissa
9:00-10:30am Slow Flow/Yin~Michelle
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Astanga Vinyasa Short Form
A system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). Involving synchronizing breath with a progressive series of postures – a process producing intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a strong body and a calm mind.
Core with Restore
Core strengthening Yoga along with restorative practice with supported floor postures cultivates deep relaxation, tension release, stress management, and rejuvenation. Restore Yoga fosters your body’s innate healing capacity & nourishes your physiology and nervous system. All levels.
Invigorating flow class that will have you moving and breathing between longer held postures. Come prepared to take on new challenges and experiment with using light weights, rapid movement through sun salutations and variations in twists, backbends, hip openers and more.
Blend of Pranayama (breath) and Asana(poses), with emphasis on flow, movement, balance and intention. Build your serenity, flexibility & stamina.
Slow Flow & Yin
Perfect for beginners or those seeking a restful and healing practice. The first half of this class is designed to gently warm the body with a slow, mindful vinyasa flow. The second half will focus on simple poses that you hold for longer periods of time to lengthen the deeper connective tissues in your spine, hips and other joints.
Relax in simple poses that you hold for longer periods of time, typically 5-7 minutes in supported postures, creating an opportunity to lengthen the deeper connective tissues in your spine, hips and other joints and to move into a mindfully aware and meditative state.
Vinyasa Yoga with light weights and Pilates designed to strengthen every major muscle group with special focus on legs and core.
Acquire a better understanding of yoga and begin to experience some of the health benefits this exercise is famous for! Better flexibility, strength, cardiovascular health, an overall sense of well-being and relaxed awareness combines to create harmony between the body, mind and soul. This class teaches the basic alignment and form of Vinyasa Yoga through demonstration, discussion, hands-on-adjustments, and guided practice.
Intermediate Pilates Mat Class
This class expands on the number and complexity of the exercises learned in the beginner class. It moves at a faster pace and requires a solid understanding of the Pilates starting posture and basic exercises. In addition, exercises using the balls, foam roll, theraband and other small equipment are incorporated.
As a child, I loved doing gymnastics and dance as well as sports and outdoor activities. I loved the way I felt when I was moving my body. Later in life, I began to search for a new way to shape myself. A friend invited me to her yoga class. I immediately felt at home and in tune with something that must have been inside of me all along.
I have been in awe of the way yoga has gently guided me from the beginning, I am open to the lessons that flow from my mat to my life and know that the learning never ends. I received my training under the leadership of Erin Menut at The Avenues Yoga in Salt Lake City. I am grateful to her and many teachers on my path, for their inspiration and encouragement.
Larissa was born and raised in the suburbs of Denver before attending Colorado State University and obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences. She moved to Philadelphia in 2012 for graduate school and then held various jobs after getting her M.S., including working in buying for Anthropologie and running PR for a boutique creative agency. She always came back to her love of fitness and has a long history of competitively swimming, playing lacrosse, and teaching horsemanship skills as a form of physical and mental therapy. She began teaching barre classes in 2014 as a side-hustle to her full-time job, loving the community it fostered and the way she felt outside the studio after class. After that, she also obtained a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training certificate and is very passionate about alignment, breath work, and anatomy, as well as hands-on assists.
She taught group and private classes all the way until she relocated to Salt Lake City in June 2018 and decided to make teaching her full-time job (yay for not sitting at a desk all day!). Other than instructing yoga and barre, Larissa likes to hike, run, and cycle. In her free time, you can find her cooking and hosting dinner parties, horseback riding, and spending time with her Great Dane, Gustav.
It is Danielle’s love of connecting with people that initially drew her to teaching yoga. “I love the energy exchange, the giving and receiving elements of teaching yoga,” she says. “I had no idea what a calm, clear mind, a strong, limber body, and a peaceful spirit felt like before I started practicing.”
Music and yoga are a natural combination for Danielle, who started practicing eleven years ago while recovering from a heart-breaking loss of her first child. “I would do poses in class and find myself weeping, and being totally okay with that. I just felt safe to be who I was and to feel how I felt in yoga,” Danielle recalls. Now she holds a 200 hour RYT Yoga Teacher Certification, has more than 900 hours of teaching experience, and has a regular vinyasa flow practice.
In addition to a new-found peace of mind, yoga opened the door to her artistic side. “At the time I started yoga, I was studying intensive classical piano and doing really well at it. But I felt like something was missing. I think my personal voice was yearning to be heard. So I started writing poetry and turning my poems into songs,” she says. “I believe both spontaneity and an ability to focus on the present moment are important artistic tools for living one’s life more fully. Life doesn’t come with a script. Once I truly embraced that idea, which yoga has given me the tools to do, I became a much happier person. There’s power in that. I love tapping into that power and helping others tap into their own.”
Brenda discovered yoga later in life when a friend took her to a class at the gym. It was a mostly miserable experience, which got her to thinking that she had some work she needed to do. She started attending vinyasa classes once a week, and in a relatively short time, actually enjoyed it. She soon found herself talking about the benefits of yoga while facilitating group therapy sessions at work, especially related to depression, anxiety and addiction. She had a strong desire to learn more and deepen her practice, so 18 months later she enrolled in yoga teacher training. She completed the YogaLife 200-hr Teacher Training based in Ashtanga vinyasa with Allison Berlin. She continues to study and learn something new every day, which she hopes lasts her lifetime. Brenda has lived the majority of her years in California, with a move to Utah in 2016. She completed her Master of Social Work at California State University, Fresno. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works as a Mental Health Therapist. She practices yoga daily and also loves being with her husband and children. Brenda prefers being outdoors and enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, paddle boarding, and riding her mountain bike. She is also known for making some pretty amazing raspberry vanilla bean jam.
Rainie Ingram (200 hr RYT) found Yoga in an attempt to find some peace in her life during a time of transition and learned of the transformative power of mindfulness, movement and breath. After practicing various styles of Yoga for over ten years, she decided to pursue her 200 RYT from Timeless Yoga. Join Rainie in the mind-body practice of yoga to reduce stress, boost your well-being, and gain flexibility and strength.
Erin Steel, LMT, Artist, Energy & Crystal Healer, Animal Enthusiast –
A native to Utah and born into an adventurous, loving family of five, Erin’s inspiration and love of art started as a child, always reflective of the natural world around her. Throughout school, Erin dabbled in painting and music, and made the decision to become a Licensed Massage Therapist – earning her education at Renaissance College of Massage, and through Healing Mountain. Her desire to learn continued through her work with Micaela, a Medium and Energy Healer. Together they helped anyone in need of balance and healing in their life, which fueled Erin with the desire and passion to help others.
Erin has a voracious curiosity about all things pertaining to the gifts she shares with others weather it be an intuitive bodywork session, anatomy and physiology study, a personalized painting, her gift of story telling and her very present presence with her co-workers, friends and clients. She works diligently though self-study and dedication to her practices to find what will help heal and has an arsenal of tools and resources to guide the process unique to each individual.
Kristi Schwerin, LMT
Kristi has a way of making every client she works with feel special, even elephants! Kristi travelled to Thailand to learn her specialty, training in Thai Massage. Her unique work is a strong blend of Thai Yoga Massage, Deep Tissue Sports Massage and relaxation/recovery.
Kristi has been serving clients at Free Spirit for over 4 years. She has a fun and free spirited passion for good music, travel, being in the mountains, her friendships, co-workers and animals.
Rebecca has a Masters degree in clinical psychology, has trained in shamanic energy medicine with The Four Winds Society, RYT 200, Masters NLP Certification and sound vibration healing. She weaves her gift of sacred chant, song and poetry medicine with the lull of crystal singing bowls and the elemental rhythms of the African drum with the harmonies of light, love and soul essence. She has a love for yoga, poetry and sound, the breath, and the powerful nurturing energies of water and the ocean. Through these passions she is breathing, love, the essence of our true nature, a connection to the ancestors, and creative expression into the edges of now.
Rebecca Holt is a sound healer, teacher, poet, and earth medicine practitioner who brings together Sound Weaving bath, meditation journey and breathing practices to support people in gaining more presence, awareness and creative insight through awakening the senses. Rebecca’s work with sound and its impact on human experience has been featured at creative conferences and workshops in the states and abroad.
Recently, she has presented at CreativeMornings in Salt Lake City, provided Sound Weaving workshops this summer for a writing intensive in France for author and teacher Betsy Blankenbaker, facilitated Sound Weaving bath and meditation for the Wellness Collective at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and provided Sound Weaving as an introduction for noted poet David Whyte for his workshop in SLC.
Learn more about Rebecca: https://www.wordsthatbreathe.com
Lorrie Harper, MSPT
Hi, I’m Lorrie Harper, and I’m passionate about helping you achieve a state of strong, vibrant health.
Your body has an amazing ability to reach and maintain this joyful state. If you have the desire to be healthy, I will provide you with the guidance, support, skills and techniques to help you age on your terms … so you feel strong, energized, powerful and centered.
For 25 years I’ve worked as a physical therapist, with 27 years in the fitness industry. I’ve been an athletic trainer, fitness instructor, and a physical therapist in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, schools, therapeutic swimming pools and people’s homes.
My experience has taught me that optimal wellness is multi-faceted. You need to address stress, exercise, nutrition, attitudes and beliefs along with the physical body in all of its complexity.
Using my extensive experience and training, I will help you eliminate areas of recurrent pain and injury by restoring your bodies physical and structural balance. In addition, I will help you develop a wellness plan custom tailored to address your current health and personal wellness goals.