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There's a Yoga Class for Everyone at Santosha Yoga

By Pamela Sosnowski

Since Santosha is the Sanskrit word for contentment, it makes sense that yoga teacher Theresa May would adopt the name for her own studio, as it was yoga that brought contentment into her own life. Santosha Yoga of Chesterfield has been bringing contentment to its members since 2009, when it established itself as the first yoga studio in the area.

"I found yoga in 2001 (or yoga found me) when I was looking for a way to deal with the craziness and the stress in my life," May said. "I discovered a spiritual awakening and contentment that has enhanced every aspect of my life on and off the mat."

Santosha Yoga holds over 30 weekly classes that include a yoga flavor for everybody. A basics/beginners class is ideal for newbies that have never tried it before, or those that just need a class with gentler postures. From there members can try the yoga/Pilates fusion class, which combines yoga with the strength training of Pilates, or Yin Yoga, a serine class with poses that are held longer than usual to encourage the stretching of connective tissues.

There's also chair yoga, which is popular with seniors or those recovering from injuries and the advanced level hot yoga Vinyasa flow, where the poses are performed in a room heated to 95 degrees. Although the studio currently does not offer pre-natal yoga, they will be offering it in the future, they do encourage pregnant women to try a beginners class with permission from their doctor.

From the minute clients enter the studio, they'll find a very peaceful environment before they even make it onto the mat. Before or after classes, students can treat themselves to complimentary coffee, tea, fresh fruit or granola bars in the lounge area.

"The studio is decorated in earth tones and very calming," May said. "When students walk in they often tell us they can instantly feel the energy of peace and calm. We have plenty of seating areas for students to get ready for class or visit before and after classes."

In addition to its certified yoga instructors, the yoga studio also employs certified and licensed massage therapists that perform Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and other massage therapies in the facility's two massage rooms. Massages usually last between 30 and 90 minutes and are available by appointment only.

To introduce the local community to the benefits of yoga, Santosha also hosts a weekly free yoga in the park class every Sunday from June 4th through September 24th in Walter and Mary Burke Park for participants of all ages. Instead of a class fee, the yoga studio collects non-perishable food donations for St. Mary's in New Baltimore. Several workshops including off-site retreats and sleep-like yoga sessions are also hosted by the yoga studio throughout the year.

Santosha even teaches kids' yoga, proving that the practice and its health benefits truly transcend age.

"We offer a wide variety of yoga styles and levels to help the students adapt to the pose, not the pose to the student," May said. "Santosha Yoga has a non-judgmental environment for all who practice here. Our motto is 'if you can breathe, you can do yoga.'"

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

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