All day Monday, Labor Day, September 7, 2015 , participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes for Austin Free Day of Yoga. For the 17th year, Austin yoga teachers and studios have united to bring Austin and neighboring communities free yoga classes all day Labor Day, to heighten awareness of the benefits of yoga. Austinites have the opportunity to try yoga, meet instructors, and experience different styles of yoga for free at yoga and dance studios, hospitals, parks, churches, and fitness centers throughout the city.
Free Day of Yoga organizers encourage people who have never tried yoga to take their first class; people who have studied yoga may take this opportunity to try a different style or a new instructor. “The Free Day of Yoga is our way of saying thank you to our community for supporting us in our quest to expand the awareness of this ancient practice,” says organizer Mary Esther. “Because we offer such a wide variety of yoga teachers, styles and classes on Free Day of Yoga, there is a class for everyone – whether you are tall, short, round, thin, physically active or sedentary.”
To check the class schedules and read descriptions of classes, click here.
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF FREE DAY OF YOGA:
- Arrive early. Classes are well attended!
- Wear comfortable clothes so you can move easily.
- Have a stomach that is neither too full nor too empty.
- Most yoga classes are taught barefoot.
- Please bring a towel, blanket or yoga mat to class since some studios do not provide these.
- Do the best you can in class and don’t overdo it. If it hurts, or you’re “really gettin’ a good burn” you may be taking it too far.
- Always, always go at your own pace and respect the limits of your body.
Yoga has many different meanings worldwide, but Westerners are most familiar with Hatha Yoga. This type of yoga uses physical postures or positions called asanas (pronounced ah-SA-nahs) to achieve health benefits. In general the poses consist of standing and balancing poses, twists, and forward and backbends, as well as relaxation and breathing techniques. By practicing the poses of yoga, people increase their flexibility, strength, stamina and balance. Aside from the physical attributes of yoga, many individuals will find that stress is released and concentration is often improved. Many students experience some of these benefits after only one class; but with regular practice the benefits can be astonishing.
Just as there are many styles of dancing, like (ballroom, C&W, salsa, ballet), there are also many styles of yoga (Iyengar, Ashtanga, Viniyoga, Kundalini). Some yoga is physically challenging and athletic, and other styles of yoga focus on relaxation and meditation. Even in the different styles of yoga, teachers will have their own presentation style and emphasize different aspects of the yoga they teach. Become involved in a Free Day of Yoga and discover the variety of styles and teachers in the Austin area.