Yoga is Just Stretching Right

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Yoga is Just Stretching Right2019-04-26T10:30:11+00:00

Yoga is Just Stretching, Right?

By Rene Quenell

Misconceptions about what yoga is – and isn’t.

Many people ask me “Yoga is about stretching, right?” or “Is all you do is lie around and stretch and contort your body into weird positions?” Well, one element of yoga is stretching. There is also strengthening and breath work and the list goes on. As a matter of fact a yoga practice can tone all 10 systems of the body. Starting with the muscular system (strength and stretching) and moving through the skeletal system (alignment and bone strength). It also improves the digestive, endocrine, nervous, energy and mental systems. Did you know yoga does all that? Still not convinced? The list is huge. Ask any yogi and they’ll tell you how it has helped them AND you don’t need to be flexible. Yoga helps you become flexible.


It’s not about putting the body in all kinds of weird positions. It’s about the art of healing, finding your inner strength and the art of getting to know yourself better. Oh, and getting stronger, more flexible, losing weight and looking better just happen to be by-products. See, when you address the 10 systems of the body, those systems start working together – a union, hence the word YOGA literally means “union.”

Ah yes, and then there is stress reduction. Learning to cope a little more effectively in the world today is essential. In case you did not know, yoga was mainly designed for men, so don’t think it’s just for the ladies. It benefits us both. Depending on the class you take you can get the toughest workout you’ve ever had or the most relaxing. You can help your back or your PMS. Do some research, find a good credentialed instructor that knows his or her stuff. Tell your instructor your ailments and find the right class for you. You’d be amazed at the transformations that can take place and the peace of mind. So next time someone tells you yoga is just stretching, you can say “Well, actually…



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Important Update about Soaring Spirit Yoga Studio and COVID-19

Hello Everyone and thank you for your patience as we navigate this uncertain time. I have decided to temporarily close the studio based on a call to action I received from the Yoga Alliance.

The Yoga Alliance been intensely monitoring CDC and WHO updates for the most current information and recommendations as to how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. As a leader in a wellness space, I am trusted with the health and wellbeing of our practitioners and am committed to adopting the practices that offer the best protection for our community. Due to the increasingly rapid transmission of COVID-19, the world is experiencing an unprecedented collective response. I want Soaring Spirit to do its part to limit the spread of this disease.

All in-person yoga instruction will be moved online until the need for social distancing has passed. You will still sign up online through the MindBody system and an hour before class starts you will receive a link to join the class on You can use your phone, tablet or computer to participate. Most of our regularly scheduled instructors will be teaching their classes. Please see our online schedule for any changes and updates.

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With peace, love and a whole lot of Gratitude,
Nancy and the SSY Team