Deep Stretch

This class is taught by:

Jennifer Lenhart

About Jennifer: I began practicing yoga in 1994 after curiosity about it had me pick up a woman's guide to yoga at a small bookshop when I was a college student. I practiced on my own at home for years before I worked up the courage to go to a yoga studio - having never been good at sports or at belonging to a gym, I was self-conscious and thought I had to be able to do things like the challenging Lotus posture or a headstand to be welcome in a yoga class. I was so glad to learn I was wrong about that! When I began practicing with my teacher Marni Task, my life changed. In her classes, I learned that yoga is so much more than just the postures, that I wanted to be a yogi, and that I wanted to learn to teach others this transformative practice. I graduated from Marni's yoga teacher training program in 2009, and I've been teaching ever since.

In my classes, I encourage students to start where they are and to see how the gifts of a yoga practice can be carried off their mats and into their day-to-day lives. I offer detailed alignment instruction, suggestions for modifications and use of props, and hands-on assists. In class, expect to hear inspirational music (and silence too), do some devotional chanting, consider how the teachings of yoga can be applied to modern life, be asked to bring awareness and focus to the breath, be encouraged to find optimal alignment in the postures, and be invited to bring mindfulness to all aspects of the practice - body, mind, and soul. And probably enjoy some laughter too. Satsang is the Sanskrit word that means "community," and yoga class is one way we build satsang - gathering with other travelers on the path to share breath and inspiration to support one another in our practices.

Becky Verner

I found yoga in the rolling hills of Athens, while attending Ohio University many years ago. First a retreat from the busy (mostly social) life of a college student, this practice has since brought me strength, acceptance, discipline, many friendships and loving kindness. Yoga helps me like myself a little bit more, and it's helping me find my purpose in the world -- what a blessing! In 2015 I earned my 200-hour certification from Cleveland's Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.

What to expect in Becky's class: As a teacher, I want my students to have fun during my class. I encourage creativity and ownership in the practice of each student. You'll often hear me say that "yoga is a practice with ourselves together." We begin with awareness and appreciation of where we are at the moment -- mentally and physically. Throughout our practice we'll detox our bodies by breathing, twisting and filling the space created with loving kindness and gratitude. I encourage my students to let go of any sense of judgment or competition in order to truly look inward, finding beauty and acceptance in their practice and themselves.

What People Say About Class With Becky:

"Becky led an excellent class! I did poses that I haven't held in a long time, so it was nice to have some fresh changes. I enjoyed the music and she also helped with some assistance that helped me improve my practice. Becky also consistently has fun and inspiring commentary. Would recommend her class to all!"

"Awesome playlist, great practice, and lovely teacher! I really enjoyed how Becky's theme of following your breath led from start to end. It kept me focused & aware. I also love how she motivates me to push my practice where I can! Thanks Becky :)"

"Was grateful for Becky's assists! Helped me stretch deeper. Also her lead in to savasana was soothing!"

Inspired by Yin Yoga, this class targets the deep muscles and connective tissue of the body using a Yin approach: meditative stillness for a long duration. Deep, conscious breathing and attention to the present moment are encouraged as students hold poses passively for several minutes at a time. Designed to be accessible to all levels of yoga practitioner, poses are generally practiced on the floor and modifications will be offered. Class will finish with restorative, supportive poses preparing the body and mind for final relaxation and meditation.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Oct 22 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Jennifer Lenhart
  • Sun Oct 29 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Jennifer Lenhart
  • Sun Nov 05 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Jennifer Lenhart
  • Sun Nov 12 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Becky Verner
  • Sun Nov 19 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Jennifer Lenhart
  • Sun Nov 26 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Jennifer Lenhart
  • Sun Dec 03 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Jennifer Lenhart