FARMINGTON - Zen Yoga Barre has added new classes and instructors, offering a variety of ways for people to improve their health and wellness.
Things have been going well at Zen Yoga Barre in Unionville, according to owner Robin McPhee.
“We have begun offering ‘warm yoga’ for athletes in the Farmington schools on the soccer team,” she said. “We are also now offering a Thai yoga massage. Instructor Lili Skinner has undergone advanced training and she massages students and helps them to stretch at the same time as they exercise on a mat. This is very good for relieving tension, chronic pain and stiffness and increasing flexibility. We’ve also added Barre Burn, which is a more intense class.”
Pamela Dyer, a barre instructor at Zen Yoga Barre, said that the beginner classes teach students poses and alignments. The more advanced class will combine these into a cardio workout.
McPhee said that she has seen “really good results” with some of her students. One woman, she said, was unable to get up the stairs leading to the front door when she started coming to Zen Yoga Barre. Now, McPhee said, she is “well into training to be a yoga instructor herself.”
“I also had a woman come in here who was complaining of chronic pain in her neck,” said McPhee. “After taking red light therapy and yoga classes she never complains anymore.”
Zen Yoga Barre will be holding a Reiki (a form of ‘energy healing’ from Japan), level 1 certification training class Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $150 to participate. Reiki Master Melissa Pieciak will lead this class.
“Reiki is finding a home in many mainstream medical establishments,” said Denise Gordon, of Zen Yoga Barre. “More than 800 hospitals incorporate Reiki into their roster of patient services. A research study done at Hartford Hospital concluded that 86 percent of patients reported improved sleep, 78 percent reported reduced pain, 80 percent reported reduced nausea and 94 percent of pregnant women reported reduced anxiety during pregnancy. You can use Reiki to heal yourself and to heal others; it’s a great tool in today’s stressful world.”
McPhee said that Zen Yoga Barre will be offering yoga teacher training starting next year. This, she said, will take “Zen Yoga Barre to the next level.”
Those interested in applying can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is a testimonial left on zenyogabarre.com:
“I am celebrating my one-year anniversary and the choice to become a part of the Zen Yoga Barre family was the wisest choice I have made in years,” writes Wendy H. “Not only did I find a physical healing but also a healing spiritually and emotionally. Two months after joining Zen Yoga Barre, I went to my physical therapy appointment and she said ‘you don’t need me anymore.’ I am forever, truly grateful for everything the Zen Yoga Barre family has done for me.”
Class times are listed on zenyogabarre.com. These include a two-week beginner trial with unlimited classes.
Zen Yoga Barre is at 37 Mill St., Unionville. For more information, call 860-414-1499 or visit zenyogabarre.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.