Styles: Anusara, Hatha, Kali Ray Tri Yoga, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow
Specialties: Kirtan/Music, Private / Individual, Seniors, Therapeutic, Workshops
Teachers: Betsey Downing and Jaye Martin
Garden of the Heart Yoga Center is Sarasota's Anusara Yoga Center. Open seven days a week, Garden of the Heart offers group classes for students of all levels. With certified Anusara and Anusara-inspired teachers, the quality of instruction and individualized attention is unsurpassed.
The studio provides mats, props, water, and complimentary tea. Each class begins with a heart-centered theme, which is woven throughout the class to create unity in the body and spirit. Yoga philosophy, pranayama and deep relaxation are incorporated into every class.
Classes are taught in a progressive style, with each class building over the course of a month, so that students get a deep learning experience, as well as a good physical workout. All classes use the Universal Principles of Alignment, as taught by John Friend, to help create an optimal balance of strength, stretch and ease.
Classes are also offered in gentle yoga, Pilates/yoga fusion, aikido, yoga therapy, and journaling. Weekend workshops are offered approximately four times a year, with nationally acclaimed guest instructors. Frequent community events include book club, movie nights, community fundraisers, and Happy Hour yoga workshops. Garden of the Heart is also an Anusara Yoga teacher training center, offering immersion programs and teacher trainings on a regular basis.
The next 100-hour Immersion Program begins in April 2012. It will be held in three 5 day modules, April 25-29, June 13-17, and August 8-12. Immersions will be led by Betsey Downing, Jaye Martin, and Cheryl Chaffee. See the website for details and to register.
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