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Yoga Shelter Welcomes All Levels In Heated and Non-Heated Classes

By Kelly Church

Yoga Shelter is a Michigan yoga studio with multiple locations around the state. The studios offer classes for all levels, teacher training, workshops and other yoga events. The team strives to create a welcoming environment for all yoga students, even offering a special introductory membership for those new to yoga so they can decide in their own time if Yoga Shelter is the place for them, free of obligation.

"[At] Yoga Shelter, our mission is to promote the well-being of individuals, inspire more great leaders and uplift the communities where Yoga Shelter studios operate," King said. "Our teachers are authentic and well-trained yoga professionals who teach a consistent and inspired yoga offering in beautiful community-oriented studio spaces."

The studios are primarily structured around a heated vinyasa class. However, they offer other heated and non-heated classes. All studios can be heated to 80 degrees, 85 degrees and 90 degrees, depending on the class. The addition of heat creates a safe, therapeutic and cleansing experience.

For students that are new to yoga, King recommended starting slow, with a class that eases students into their yoga practice. Always, she said, go at your own pace because there's no rush to reach poses the body isn't ready for. Also, connect with the instructor before class to notify them of any issues.

"Start with a class which is slower in pace, guided and less heat," King said. "At Yoga Shelter this would be our shelter steady class. Plan to work at progressing yourself and challenging yourself all while taking care of yourself."

Shelter steady is kept at a cool 84 degrees and is a slow hatha flow class. Students build the foundation for a more expansive yoga practice in this class. Other non-heated classes include gentle flow, at 73 degrees and shelter still, a yin yoga class also at 73 degrees.

Yoga Shelter also offers a special wall yoga class that uses the steadiness of the wall to stretch, improve alignment and build strength. Ashtanga short form is another class offering and is a shortened version of a traditional ashtanga class. The studio's specialty class is the shelter strong, a vinyasa class in a room heated to almost 90 degrees. Students sweat, build strength and stamina.

Teacher training sessions are held four times a year and students can choose to take a single class or participate in the entire training program. The training program is designed to give students all they need to become properly certified to teach yoga.

New students can try Yoga Shelter over 30 days with unlimited yoga for $29. There are other membership options available with month-to-month, with class packs or at a drop-in rate.

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