Mint Hill Yoga

Yoga for EveryBody

February 25, 2014
by Bettie Shea
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Additional Beginners Class Added

In response to recent high demand for Beginners classes, please join Bettie Shea on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 for Beginners Yoga. This series of classes will begin Tuesday, March 11, and run the 11th, 18th, 25th, 1st, and 8th. Class is 75 minutes long and the series will cost $40 for five weeks.

February 14, 2014
by Bettie Shea
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Saturday Morning Beginner’s Yoga Classes Added to Schedule Permanently

The trial run of Beginner’s Yoga on Saturday morning from 9-10 has been so successful we have decided to add it to our permanent schedule starting in March! Cost of the class will be $35 for five consecutive Saturdays pre-paid to Kiesha. The class is 60 minutes long. To pre-register, email Kiesha at kiesha@yoga-me.org to let her know to save space for you!!!

January 3, 2014
by Bettie Shea
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Beginner’s Yoga Classes Coming Soon!!!

Per your requests, we are adding Beginner’s Yoga to our regular schedule.

Join us  for Beginner’s Yoga classes beginning in February.  

 On Saturday mornings, join Kiesha Battles for a four week Beginner’s Series from 9-10am at a cost of $25 for the series, paid directly to Kiesha when you arrive. Dates of the Saturday series are February 1,8,15, and 22. This class is being offered on a trial basis for the month of February only. If attendance is sufficient, we will re-evaluate and perhaps add the class to the schedule on a permanent basis.

WELCOME BEGINNERS!!!

September 11, 2013
by Bettie Shea
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A Softer, Gentler Vinyasa

Hello All!

For a while now, I’ve been trying to come up with a name that really captures the spirit of how we approach flow, or vinyasa classes here at Mint Hill Yoga. If you’ve ever attended one, you know that though you flow, and you probably sweat and get your heart rate up, you still feel…you still feel. That’s it.

We aren’t in such a hurry to rush through our sun salutations, warriors, and triangles that we fail to take time to notice how we are feeling, inside and out. Asana touches all parts of us, not just our physical bodies, but the subtle bodies as well.  There ought to be an awareness of what is going on with you emotionally and spiritually in each moment, in every breath. Where are you holding tension? Is the jaw locked? The face tense? Notice, and let go. Be mindful.

Therefore, as soon as I can get time to make the changes, all our vinyasa classes are going to be called MINDFUL VINYASA.

Kiesha Battles gave me the idea last Saturday, and I think it works. Thanks, Kiesha.

October 3, 2012
by Bettie Shea
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The Studio Space is Opening Sunday, October 7!!!

I’ll make this one quick, because I’m so excited, I can hardly sit still to type. Mint Hill Yoga’s new studio space will open to the public for classes this Sunday at 3pm. The first class offered will be Fusion Flow, and it will cost $10 cash only. Doors open at 2:30!! Come early to get your space. I must stand firm at 8 students because with props scattered around it gets very crowded very quickly!!!

Be sure to check the class tab to see what classes are offered daily, and I hope to see you soon!!!!

August 18, 2012
by Bettie Shea
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Coming Soon…A Studio Space!!!

Coming some time in the next month, that is to say, as soon as I can tear down some ugly shelves, paint the walls, and bring in some pretty shelves for props and shoes, I will be the proud owner/manager/teacher of a studio!!! YAY!!!

Located in the Lofts at Mint Hill at 7714 Matthews Mint Hill Road directly across from an addiction of mine, Cottage Yarn(www.cottageyarn.com), and directly next door to Pottery 51(I collect), the new space is sweet and perfect. I knew it the moment I walked in. I knew I had to have it, and that six or eight students would fit beautifully.

I didn’t want a big place. I don’t want to compete with big money making studios. I just wanted to create a small, safe place in Mint Hill where ordinary people could come relax and replinish their bodies and souls, and this space will do that. I know I won’t make lots of money, but that’s okay. To me, that isn’t what yoga is about anyway. If I get enough cash to pay my rent and eventually buy a nice floor for the studio, I’ll be happy.

I’ll let you know when I’m ready to open, and I hope you’ll come visit me. In the meantime, I’ll post photos of every step in the renovations!!!

July 26, 2012
by Bettie Shea
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What’s the Point, Anyway?

So, I’ve been stewing. Again.

Those of you that know me are not going to be surprised by that fact, because if you know me at all, you will know that I am a stewer. I get ahold of a thought or an idea in my head and roll it around and chew on it sort of like my dogs in the back yard do with a favorite tree branch or bone. So, I’ll say it again, I’ve been stewing.

About what, you might fairly ask?

About yoga. And what it means. And what it’s for.

So, what’s the point, anyway?

Seldom have I ever seen such a blissful, gentle, personal, even Godly practice be the subject of such controversy. Right wing Christians think it’s a satanic practice, traditional yogis think of it as a largely spiritual , eight-limbed endeavor with the least emphasis placed on asana, athletes think of it as some crazy gymnastics hopping around thing, and I think…I like the way it makes my body hum.

Yes, I said hum. When I haven’t caught an asana class in a while, which has been a lot lately, my body and soul hunger for that familiar stretching sensation, that warmth, and that yummy humming that often arrives softly between poses. In my practice, I try very hard to hear what my body is telling me it needs. Sometimes that means challenging myself with loud music and a swift vinyasa that almost feels like laughter, and sometimes it means gentle, almost sensual viniyoga style motion that swiftly brings me to a place of peace and rest, a place of what Patanjali called “Union” with my soul and God.  There is no single style of yoga that will work for me one hundred percent of the time. Sometimes I need the stretchy, static non-motion of an Iyengar style class. Who knows, with this body of mine? I have complete respect for what it tells me. It’s almost like a craving, like when you’ve just got to have chocolate or you will surely die.

So. I am a curvy yogi. We’ve covered that here before. Many of my students are curvy yogis, or are a little older than the youngsters that often populate studio classes, and many of them have physical limitations, or are sufferers of past trauma, or bad choices, or whatever. I have heard over and over how these people come to my classes because I am not threatening. They feel safe, and accepted, and not the odd man out, so they are free to be themselves and do what their bodies tell them they can do. I feel incredibly honored that they trust me with their self esteem as well as their bodies, and I try very hard to meet them where they are, not where the world thinks they ought to be. My classes are safe places for their souls.

That being said, I have a pretty healthy self esteem, and even I have been bruised emotionally in studio vinyasa type classes full of anorexic, egotistical people in tie dye. I know all too well what it feels like to be stared at as I modify a pose to suit my body, or take child’s pose when I feel my heart rate is too high. I have all too often felt penalized by Western yoga culture for the yogic “union” that my body shares with my soul.

I cannot even imagine telling someone suffering from PTSD, or cancer, or overweight, or whatever, that their goal as yogis should be mainstreaming. I will never tell someone that yoga is about following some silly rules about what poses must go in what order always, or that yoga is only about losing weight and building powerful muscles, or impressing anyone. To do so IS NOT YOGIC, as yoga is a very personal journey that is about so much more than what you can do with your body.

All of this being said, here are the promises that I, as a teacher, make to you, my students, and prospective students:

1. I promise you that I will never teach in a way that makes anyone feel “less than.”

2.  I will make certain you feel safe, both inside and outside your body.

 3. I promise to respect your wishes, and your body, and provide you with skills to help you rest, relax, and become healthy.

4. I promise to provide an encouraging environment where you can be challenged as much as you desire.

5. I promise to continue my personal yogic journey so that I always have something new and interesting to offer you.

6. I promise to smile and laugh with you.