Perfect Your Pose

Ever see people doing yoga poses that look so hard and complex that you don’t think you could ever do it? Well, you can!

On March 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. there will be an Upside Down Yoga Workshop focusing on the inversion poses, arm balances, and headstands and handstands.

“While these may seem like advanced poses, having the correct form and being aware of your body can make them much easier,” Emmy Richards, Fitness Program Director for Group Fitness, said. “This workshop will also show you steps to gain the strength, flexibility, and balance to complete poses like headstand or crow.”

Just last month there was another Yoga Workshop known as Broga. If you’ve been to a previous workout, don’t pass up on this one!

“This is different from Broga because it’s focusing on inversions and balance poses versus yoga for a specific group of people. This workshop will teach participants how to build up to more challenging poses or how to perfect their form in order to get the most out of their practice,” Richards said.

The best part is that it’s free and equipment is provided so there’s no reason not to come! There is a maximum of 25 people, though, so come early to get a spot!

The workshop will include a yoga practice as a warm-up, and then participants will be shown how to build up to the harder poses or how to perfect the pose can already do, Then the workshop will end with relaxation.

Richards said, “You don’t have to be great at yoga to do these poses, you just have to know how to get into them correctly and how to work up to the more challenging moves.”


Get Fit. Get Group Fit.

“Clear your mind and free your soul.”

Those are the words that start off the Tuesday morning yoga group fitness class.

Group Fitness classes are offered multiple times a day, every day of the week. And there is something for everyone. The diverse classes include yoga, pilates, cycle, kickboxing, zumba, and hip hop dancing.

Recently I have been getting in touch with my inner self and working on balance and serenity through yoga.

I never would have thought that I would be interested in yoga, until I took my first class this past spring. I found I actually really enjoyed it, the teacher was super friendly, her passion and expertise for yoga were clearly evident, and she modified the movements for all experience levels.

Now, I never miss a Tuesday morning yoga session and am even looking to expand my yoga experience to some of the afternoon classes that CRI offers.

Yoga may not be your thing, but what about cycle?

There are multiple variations of the cycle classes. Ranging from an hour long or forty-five minute straight cycle session to classes that throw in some yoga or core work as well.

I have tried my hand at each variation of cycle. And trust me, your legs will be burning by the end but you will feel extremely accomplished when you glance down at your pace tracker and find that in just an hour you have cycled between 10 and 20 miles!

But maybe the bike seat just isn’t calling your name. That’s fine because you can test your moves in one of the many dance classes or work on perfecting that six pack of abs.

Though I haven’t taken the Hip Hop Jam class, I have tried Zumba and Awesome Abs. And it’s true, your abs will be awesome by the end! Although I have no dancing ability, Zumba wasn’t a struggle. Everyone there is sweating and having fun, the music is blaring, and the instructor is dancing as well.

These are just a few of the many group fitness classes offered. There is also Kickboxing, Fall Fit Camp, Pilates, Interval Training, Southern Sculpt, Aqua Zumba and Aqua Bootcamp.

So, if you don’t want to workout alone then join in a group fitness class. Go with your friends or make new friends while you’re there!

Hope to see you there!



A Personal Experience : Yoga Edition

Yoga Sunday

On Sunday, September 8th I had the opportunity to partake in a new experience by attending my first yoga class. As I walked into the class, I began to second-guess my decision to attend. But, to my surprise, there were many familiar faces which put me at ease.

The instructor, Erica, dimmed the lights and the class began. We were lead through a brief meditation and breathing exercise to prepare us for the class. After that, we participated in a series of stretches and poses. Once I got a hang of the breathing exercises and began to concentrate on exactly what I was doing, it was not as hard as I thought. The instructor made sure to let us know to go at our own pace, and more experienced yoga participants to advance, but encouraged us to only do what felt comfortable. It was amazing to see what my body could do! I began to feel a sense of calming. I had a really great experience and will definitely go again!


Advice For the Intimidated

  • Be sure to wear the appropriate clothing. There will be times when your back side is up in the air, so I would wear leggings, yoga pants, or longer shorts (:
  • Bring water. Just to make sure you are well hydrated. There is a water fountain near by, but you don’t want to miss any of the class!
  • When you first walk into the class, make sure to grab a blanket, block, and mat. These things will assist you with some of the poses.
  • This class is meant to be fun and cleansing! Concentrate on your breathing and improving your poses. Everyone will be focused on what they are doing so do not worry about feeling embarrassed.
  • The instructor is there to help. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

More Information

Yoga classes are offered multiple times during the week. To access the schedule visit the Group Fitness page on the CRI website.

See you there!