Guest post: Written by Samantha Szynskie
Nowadays there are so many flavors of yoga its hard to keep them all straight!
Where does one begin!?
I’ve been dabbling in yoga for a year now, trying to find a flavor that suits my palate if you will, but have not been very successful in finding the right style or teacher for me.
Some classes were too “hot”, some were too bendy, some were to fast, and some were incomprehensible and way over my head. It took time but I finally found one that is just right: Release Yoga with Breana DePriest here at SomaSpace.
Bre is so sweet, kind, authentic and strong in her style of yoga. She slows things down, doesn’t ask you to do more than what your body allows, reminds you to breathe, and encourages you to listen to what your body is telling you, where it needs a little more TLC.
It’s the first yoga class I’ve been too that from the very start had no sense of competition, expectation, or rigidity. Bre is soft and open in her teaching style, allowing each student to move into the poses at their pace and to the degree that their bodies allow.
She’s real, loving, funny and down-to-earth. Her class is all about releasing tension built up from the craziness of life and work, taking an hour out of our day to honor our bodies, focus on the present moment and just chill out. The poses are fluid and varied but never too much or too hard. And if they are too much for someone, she reminds us that we have permission to not do them, that we are in control of our bodies.
But beyond the yoga, my favorite part of Bre’s class is her visualization at the end during shavasana. Bre’s visualizations are THE BEST! Her soft, flowing voice coos the soul into a place of peace as we imagine ourselves floating in a warm sea under the stars being held by the water or as a seed planted way deep into the earth, being nurtured by the soil and growing into a strong healthy plant bathing in the sun. It’s a magical end to a wonderful movement practice that leaves you feeling peaceful, rested, rejuvenated, and full of gratitude.
And it’s all donation-based. Bre does this from her heart. So if you check it out and like her style, slip her a few bucks.
Release Yoga, Wednesdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm