The Tree House Yoga Studio is a gem nestled in the peaceful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Columbus, North Carolina. Each season brings a new view from the private yoga studio: Winter opens up the eyes to the neighboring pasture with a little white barn, horses grazing and the nearby mountains. In Spring and Summer we are enveloped in a canopy of green leaves creating a natural sanctuary with the accompaniment of birds singing and water flowing. In Fall, before the trees surrender their leaves, we are witness to warm golds, bright yellows and vibrant reds that only this time of year brings.
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Join Registered Yoga Teacher Lori Corda as she guides you through stress-reducing, yet energizing practices. Lori imparts awareness of the proper alignment of the body, allowing for deeper poses that improve strength of muscles and bones, increase flexibility, and reduce stress on the joints while freeing the breath. Since the classes are relatively small, no more than 8 students at a time, she is able to bring her close attention to each individual, giving them modifications or more challenging variations.
Level 1 – A Yoga class designed for beginners, seniors and those who are interested in a more gentle class. This class begins with standing poses and ends with seated poses. Unlike the other levels, students do not move up and down from the floor.
Level 2 – A class for those who have practiced yoga before as well as beginners free of injuries.
Level 3 – A challenging class for the individual who has a strong Yoga practice.
Open Level – A class for all those with an established practice (those who have been practicing awhile and are familiar with the poses; not for beginners). The class will be taught in the vinyasa style – flowing; connecting the poses; incorporating traditional Sun Salutations (movement up and down from the floor). There will be more cueing involved in this class with modifications given for those who need it as well as more advanced movements.
Are you ready for my Aha! Moment of the day? I took a private session with Ray Berta this afternoon. He pointed out that when my horse is tracking right, I tend to lean a little left, and when I ask my horse to slow down, I lean back. I should always be centered and square on the horse’s back. So he came over and positioned my upper body. It was EXACTLY the way you readjust me (every time!) in Warrior 1! So I said, “Oh, it’s just like yoga.” Well, the guy beamed! He said it’s exactly like yoga. Then he told me to drop the reins, and he proceeded to move my horse around, left, right, spin (not that fast, mind you), and I had to ride from my core only, with the horse, and not get jerked when he made a sudden move. A trainer I used to ride with, two years ago, had done the same exercise with me, and I was all over the place. Today, I stuck most of the time. I found that if I put my arms to my side, like in tadasana, I was more balanced and stronger. Ray said I had a good core, but I’m not using it when I ride–or at least, not using it properly. If I didn’t use it at all, I’d fall off! LOL! Anyway, the point is that I don’t think I’d have been able to stick with this exercise if it weren’t for your classes! Yay!Darlene Cah - Student
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