Moving from its East Victoria Street location, the Ha Tha Yoga Room is now located somewhere dear and familiar to the staff at the Amherst News – the community newspaper’s former 10 Lawrence Street office. The move, owner Julie Ripley-Gould says, comes after a number of changes and the upstairs office location with a view that spans from the downtown’s cenotaph park and gazebo to the outdoor skating rink, the room fills up with sunshine on the best of days.
“I think it’s nice and I think we can be more visible here,” owner Julie Ripley-Gould said.
The studio originally opened in 2004 by Sherry Smith, who today remains one of the business’ yoga instructors. Gould took on the business in 2015 after working in the youth-services field and soon became an instructor herself. At that time, she was already a six-year practitioner.
The studio offers a variety of yoga styles for all skill levels and abilities, Ripley-Gould said. From holding poses slowly to more intense balancing, the studio offers introductory classes, meditation, power yoga, family classes and workshops throughout the month.
With January being the month many look towards making positive changes in their life, the instructors at the Ha Tha Yoga Room feel they have something to offer.
“We want to offer something for everyone,” Smith said. “Everyone can do yoga. You don’t need to be fit. You don’t need to be a yogi or flexible. Just come and give it a try. There is something here for everyone.”
For first-timers, the first class is free.
Online, a full schedule of classes being offered, as well as upcoming workshops and tips for beginners can be found at www.hathayogaroom.com. For more information, call 902-297-YOGA (9642).
Yoga is not a competitive sport by any means, but that doesn’t take away from the unknown some feel entering the studio for the first time. If you are new to the discipline, the Ha Tha Yoga Room offers some tips to help get you started.
• Take your shoes off when entering, students generally practice yoga barefooted
• Try to arrive five minutes early
• Turn off your mobile device
• It’s best not to eat a heavy meal before class
• Please let the instructor know if you are pregnant, or are suffering from any injuries