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YogaSource Is Santa Fe's Source for Yoga Variety

By Pamela Sosnowski

YogaSource has become such a popular destination for a variety of yoga classes in the Santa Fe area that it now operates two locations in the city. Founded over a decade ago, each location offers over 50 classes a week covering every level and form of the ancient stress-relieving exercise. As partner and co-founder Amy Spurlock explains, YogaSource gives students a low-cost opportunity to try several classes and teachers on for size to find the right fit.

"Yoga can and should be customized to fit the practitioner's needs," she stated. "There are so many different styles and teachers out there these days. Try them out. Find a class and an instructor that you resonate with. At YogaSource we offer a five-class new student pass for $25, so people can try out different instructors and styles."

Both studio locations were designed to be peaceful sanctuaries for classes; each features natural light, flowing fountains, plants, and soothing decor in earth tones. The studios themselves are fully equipped with props designed to offer support to those individuals that are working their way towards greater flexibility and need assistance when holding more challenging poses. These include custom-made benches, rope walls, and back-benders. Each YogaSource also houses its own small retail store off the entrance that carries yoga clothing, books, CDs, accessories, and more.

As Spurlock explains, there are many compelling reasons to practice yoga in addition to lengthening one's body, improving posture, and increasing strength and flexibility.

"Yoga can be used to reduce pain," she said. "With an internal focus, yoga can connect the mind more deeply with the physical body and bring the practitioner more fully into the present moment. It can be used to regulate the nervous system, circulatory and respiratory systems. By increasing the breath capacity, the practitioner can experience a higher level of energy and vibrancy as well as clarity of mind."

In addition to its regular class schedule, YogaSource offers a variety of recurring series and workshops that focus on yoga for specific types of individuals and mind/body practices such as meditation. One of these, Yoga for Cyclists, is a six-week class of poses that help prevent injuries and soreness of the back, neck and legs during a bicycle ride, particularly for those that ride competitively. It is also designed to also help cyclists recover from a race faster and becoming stronger and faster.

The Four Week Introduction to Yoga series is one of the studio's most popular, providing an introduction to the ancient practice and explaining proper poses and breath work. For aspiring yoga teachers, YogaSource offers an in-depth 200-hour and 300-hour teacher training of yogic study.

Spurlock herself began studying Yoga Asana in 1995 and has led studio classes, individualized private classes, and workshops for the past 15 years. She encourages anyone interested in yoga in giving a few classes at YogaSource a try.

"Yoga is a transformative method for achieving a positive state of well-being in mind and body regardless of age or physical condition," she said. "Our aim is to provide excellent yoga classes and make the benefits of practice available to all."

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