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In Harmony Yoga & Wellness Gives All Bodies the Chance for Healthy Yoga

By Kelly Church

A "loving community" that leaves judgment and expectations outside, In Harmony Yoga & Wellness welcomes all students to enjoy a yoga class. The Milford, MI studio is owned by Janice VanElslander, a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor, and Ani Niffin, and the studio is designed to be a protected space for every student.

"Our studio is a safe and healing space for all students, whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogi," VanElslander said. "You will find a class suitable for you."

Classes at In Harmony Yoga & Wellness range from gentle yoga to vinyasa and yin yoga. The studio also offers a class that offers relief to students with persistent back pain, to help strengthen the muscles in the back and, in turn, reducing pain and improving mobility. According to VanElslander, yoga is great for the student who is looking to improve overall physical health.

"Yoga is weight bearing exercise," VanElslander said. "Every time we contract muscle to bone, or bear weight as we do in yoga, we gain muscle and build bone density."

Other classes at the studio focus on improved flexibility and even building healthy lifestyles as a family. The studio's family yoga class is there to encourage families to work out together in a noncompetitive way. Poses are practiced together, building bonds that last a lifetime and are fun. There is also a kid's yoga class that encourages kids to build strength, focus and confidence, while making friends. Yoga, according to VanElslander, is for everyone.

"We have an 83-year-old woman that practices five days a week and was taken off medication she had been on for osteoporosis for 20 years," VanElslander said. "Based on a bone density test by her physician, [her health] improved by doing regular yoga."

VanElslander encourages all people who want to try yoga to drop by the studio and try their first, free class. She said it's not an environment that requires experience, and new students shouldn't feel intimidated walking into class.

"If you go to a good studio, you will be guided through at your level of ability and knowledge," VanElslander said. "Be patient and find the right teacher that you connect with."

In Harmony Yoga & Wellness offers classes at a $15 drop-in rate, but also offers class packages for those who stop by consistently. For new students, the first week is free. To find out more about the studio, visit inharmonyyoga.com.

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