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Full Lotus Yoga Studio Has A Yoga Class For Everyone

By Pamela Sosnowski

Some people may think that yoga is for contortionists, or only those are extremely physically fit. But as Liz DeFour, the owner and founder of Full Lotus Yoga Studio explains, nearly everyone is capable of practicing yoga.

"Because there is such a variety of classes that differ in intensity and style, yoga is able to accommodate students from all walks of life," she explains. "A student doesn't need to have a certain body type, religion, or ethnicity to benefit from the practice. The only prerequisites you'll need are an open mind and a sincere desire to learn and grow."

Full Lotus Yoga Studio, located in Grosse Pointe Woods, offers a variety of classes taught by DeFour and her team of certified yoga instructors. Although some of the classes may feel more physically challenging than others, students of all levels, including beginners, are welcome at all classes, which are held daily and begin as early as 6 AM. Classes range from Gentle Yoga, which teaches easy poses for all bodies and ages, to Hot Vinyasa, where the yoga is performed in a room heated to 85 degrees to help loosen muscles and increase flexibility. Another session, Yoga Flex, incorporates moderate weight training with yoga moves to build strength.

Besides the supportive and community oriented atmosphere that the studio and its teachers impart on its students, DeFour explains that yoga itself delivers many physical and emotional benefits.

"A consistent yoga practice comes with some serious health benefits for the body and mind," she explains. "For example: increased strength, flexibility and balance, better digestion and circulation, and improved quality of sleep. Yoga helps to balance and cleanse the body which allows us to move through life with more clarity and ease. Many of my students have expressed to me how practicing yoga a couple of times weekly has improved their ability to deal with stress while also increasing their overall feelings of happiness."

DeFour began practicing yoga when she was just 14 years old and as a teen, got hooked on the feeling of peace and the positive impact on her physical and emotional well being. She became certified at the Center For Yoga and started teaching classes locally before deciding to open Full Lotus Yoga Studio in 2013.

In February 2017 the studio will be hosting its first ever training for yoga students who are interested in becoming certified yoga teachers after completing 200 hours of training. The studio also hosts monthly workshops and community events in addition to its daily classes. New students are permitted to attend yoga classes for free during their first week, and several pricing packages are available as well as a pass for unlimited yoga.

"For anyone brand new to yoga, my advice is be patient with yourself and find a teacher who inspires you," she advises. "The personality and background of your teacher can impact the quality of your experience. We encourage everyone to progress at their own pace, and treat their bodies with kindness and respect."

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

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