Activity: Take a yoga class
Where: Soul Sessions in Hamilton
Cost: Your first class is free! After that it’s $49 per month or SPECIAL ALERT!! $100 for the Fall Session through December 31st!
The Story: Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/; Sanskrit, Listen) is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools, practices and goals in Hinduism,Buddhism (particularly Vajrayana Buddhism) and Jainism. The best-known are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.
So a few months ago I was having a very delicious lunch with a friend at a local Hamilton restaurant on Locke Street, and our fabulous waitress mentioned that she had just started teaching a class at a new Hamilton yoga studio called Soul Sessions. I had already heard of the studio from another friend, and as I usually do when these coincidences occur, felt very strongly that the Universe was steering me to check this place out.
So as I mentioned, this was months ago, and I hadn’t followed up on going because I was busy, and am constantly in pain, and was scared to try a class alone, But on Tuesday last week I decided that I was going to text that fabulous waitress (please ask me how a scrap of paper with her cell number on it lasted in my house for months lol!) and ask her about coming to her class! She was so wonderful, and kind and told me that I would be welcomed with open arms, so I made a plan to go today (Monday) and check things out!
I don’t have any pictures from today, I’ll try to get some at my next class, but the studio is super conveniently located right near Jackson Square, and is about a 10 minute bus ride from my place which is perfection! The classroom space is bright, spacious and beautifully decorated, and you feel more like you’re taking a class in someone’s home than in a sterile room. I was welcomed so warmly by the studio’s owner Alicia and my new friend (and the class instructor) Amanda that I couldn’t help but feel right at home! And with their encouragement, my fears and insecurities about not being able to keep up dissipated, and I was able to relax and enjoy the class!
The class I took was called Soul Work, and it’s described on the website as “yoga movement with toning work, and great jams pumping in the background!” which is a pretty bang on description! It was super fun, incorporated dance, and tons of great yoga, stretching and core work. While there was a lot of mat work which made it a bit challenging with my arthritis, I loved the feel of everything, and Amanda totally kicked butt!! I was easily able (and encouraged!) to modify the routine as I needed, and so I made it my own and rocked it out 🙂
After my class ended, a dance class started and I got so excited watching it that I signed up for their incredibly priced Fall Pass on the spot!! 3 months of unlimited classes for $100 is pretty much UNHEARD of for yoga and dance studios, so I’m super excited to support a new business, especially one run by a woman!
The Verdict: Well, clearly I’m going to be a regular at Soul Sessions with my new pass lol, and I cannot wait to try out all the different classes they have available! There are ballet classes, dance fusion, hip hop, latin, and loads of yoga classes! I’m hoping that as I try out the dance classes, I will start to build my muscle strength up and have an easier time with the yoga poses that are currently a bit tougher for me with my disabled joints. I know I’ll continue to try in any case, and it sure feels great to put myself out there and get moving again!