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Explore Yoga Studio Makes the Ancient Practice Accessible to All Abilities

By Pamela Sosnowski

Amy Satterfield, owner Troy-based Explore Yoga Studio, has simple advice for anyone that may be timid about attempting the ancient practice: "Just try it."

"Many of our students who come to us are brand new to yoga, as well as brand new to functional movement and exercise," she said. "Our classes are very well led by very well trained teachers who will guide you every step of the way."

After several years of teaching various styles of yoga, group fitness classes, and working as a personal trainer, Satterfield opened Explore Yoga Studio in 2014 to introduce yoga to the Troy community in a non-intimidating environment. There are classes for all levels and fitness goals, including yoga for athletes, which increases flexibility and prevents injury for those that compete in sports.

Satterfield is also experienced in yoga therapy and is proud to offer the Yoga for Vets program at her studio, which offers four free yoga classes to war or conflict veterans that served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. The program is based on studies that show how yoga can help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD which can include depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more.

Other classes available at the studio include Yoga 101 which teaches the basics, Gentle Hatha, which uses gentler stretches during yoga poses, and Yin Yoga, which is on the more challenging side and requires holding poses for a longer period of time.

"A mindful practice can help improve posture, help to train the nervous system to function properly, increase range of motion in the joints and help to build a stronger back and protect the spine," Satterfield said. "Yoga also helps to build bone density and increases our focus and awareness in daily life."

Clients describe the studio as clean, cozy, and welcoming, with classes leaning towards the smaller size to allow for more one-on-one attention from instructors plus enough personal space. Prices begin at $15 for a drop-in class, or $75 for a new member's first month that includes unlimited classes. Military veterans and police and fire employees enjoy a discounted monthly membership of $75.

Private yoga sessions are available for those that are not quite ready to join a group class or just need some additional personalized attention. Yoga therapy is also offered for clients that are recovering from an injury or other health condition and need a specially trained instructor to help them perform the poses safely.

Explore Yoga is recognized as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School, which means it also offers a 200-hour teacher training program for those that want to share the benefits of yoga with others. While Satterfield is the lead trainer, a variety of other instructors and special guests give trainers a complete overview of the tools they need to be a successful yoga instructor.

Located in Troy, Explore Yoga offers a calm space to decompress both physically and mentally and do so with like-minded yogis.

"Explore Yoga is a very friendly community oriented yoga studio," Satterfield said. "Our students are all levels and all ages. When you walk through the doors you will be greeted by friendly staff who are genuinely happy to see you."

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Pamela Sosnowski is a freelance writer, social media manager, contributor for REBEAT...

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