An excellent next step for yoga's evolution in the US. But I'm surprised this is painted as "something new." Many retreat centers have operated in this holistic way for years...
In my small town many fitness clubs stopped offering Yoga because of the small class size. That may be due to too much competion and the lack of truely qualified instructors. So, my thought is if a center like this could pull all the yogis together to experience yoga and its philosophy in true form that would be great.
So Julie you forgot to mention the real purpose of yoga. Please share with all the mom and pop's peoples.
Wish we had one in North Atlanta!
Oh come on! Is this what people really believe yoga is all about? Do they know the full truths of yoga? It's origin? It's purpose? Back in the 60's yoga was thought of as a spiritual journey to higher consiousness; not just a bunch of exercises to make you look better than anyone else. When I first started yoga, 3 years ago, I too started with some asanas. Now, I have come to realize that the asanas are, shall I say, openings to consiousness, reality and truths of ourselves. I see many classes being offered in churches in my neighbourhood, so I checked one out. The only teachings they offer are asanas. I asked them if they teach yoga philosophy, and to no surprise to me they did not. I don't agree with these yoga studios that do not focus on the roots of yoga as part of their teachings. We may as well go to Starbucks and jump into a series of sun salutations between sips of tea. I think it is time to reawaken people to the real purpose of yoga.........again.