Near the top of the my list of FAQs! You are off to a great start with one yoga class a week if you are new to yoga. The differences and benefits are clear from the beginning to the end of the class. However…with two or three classes a week you optimize the benefits of your practice. You will notice feeling better physically, emotionally, and energetically in between classes. For those of you with a regular or daily practice, I encourage you to try different classes and create a well-rounded regimen. Supplement your fitness and energy classes with a flexibility class, or balance out your strength class with a restorative, healing, or candlelight class. There are many styles and approaches to yoga, none better or worse, just different. Days when a detox class might seem daunting, a candlelit room and some breathing might be just what your body and soul need. And when the trek to the studio is what gets in the way, a few poses at home or some deep breathing before bedtime can make the difference in getting a good night’s sleep. Even a bit of yoga is better than none at all.
by Denise Antonini, MS, LPC, RYT
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Dynamic, soulful, and empowering, Denise pours inspiration and creativity into her teachings, using her expertise in health psychology to elevate an ancient practice to a state-of-the-art yoga experience. Yoga is her art of movement, mindfulness, her art of attention, and awareness, her art of intention. At Stanford University Denise studied psychology and the mind-body connection graduating with honors. At Chicago Medical School her thesis and doctoral work in clinical psychology focused on maintaining health, improving quality of life and achieving wellness. As a therapist, consultant and professor she has helped people create the life they want to be living. As a yoga instructor her invigorating, fluid yoga sequences challenge the body helping students to disconnect from the busyness of day-to-day life– tuning in to their intuition by stabilizing the mind with the breath. Denise effortlessly guides anyone who comes to the mat to a place of meditative calm–finding the perfection of the present moment.
Denise and her husband Eric are the owners and co-founders of You and the Mat, an independent yoga studio and gallery for yoga inspired art. Together they strive to make yoga accessible to students, instructors, and the community through their classes, art and music events, Master Teacher and Support Local Workshop Series. Celebrating yoga as a fusion of art forms, they support artists, musicians, and creatives who share their vision.