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Yoga Inner Bliss Helps Yogis Of All Ages Achieve Theirs

By Pamela Sosnowski

At Yoga Inner Bliss of Janesville, the staff believes that yoga does more than deliver physical health benefits such as improved strength and flexibility. It also nurtures the mind/body connection, helping a yogi feel less stressed and enjoy improved sleep. At Yoga Inner Bliss, yogis of all ages and backgrounds including seniors and expectant mothers are reaping the results of yoga.

"My primary motivation at Yoga Inner Bliss is to offer a community service of high quality," says the studio's owner, Louise Tourigny. "The aim is to provide a space where all yogis can learn and grow in a non-competitive, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere. We are inspired by the philosophy of Iyengar. We do think that learning the foundations of poses is essential for a sustained practice that is beneficial to the body, mind and spirit."

Lyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that puts an emphasis on body alignment, posture and breath control and is comprised of over 200 moves. This form of yoga may also incorporate the use of tools such as belts, blocks, and blankets when executing the poses. Those props also make this form of yoga more accessible to the elderly and those that have suffered an injury. With classes inspired by this philosophy of yoga, the studio is able to support the practice of yoga among middle-aged and older yogis.

Yoga Inner Bliss keeps its class sizes on the smaller size so that each participant receives equal attention. Weekly classes include Gentle Hatha, which practices at a slower pace, and Bliss Flow, which challenges the body in a more challenging way. Other options are Pilates, a toning workout, and Yoga Chair, in which moves are practiced while seated. "We offer beginners' classes as well as more challenging classes," says Tourigny. "We offer a personalized approach where the instructor cares about the needs of each individual." The studio also hosts special events and workshops throughout the year for members and their friends and family, as well as the local community.

Throughout the year the studio also holds a class series for expectant mothers (Yoga Mama), citing several reasons why yoga makes a great form of exercise for pregnant women: it can increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth, decrease lower back pain and nausea, and improve sleep. As Tourigny also explains, the social aspect is a big draw as well. "Prenatal yoga can help women meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent," she says.

Membership rates are extremely flexible, and newcomers can enjoy their first week of classes for only $10. Private classes are also available for $60 each. Offering affordability and a range of classes allows their members to "progress with confidence and develop a regular practice" according to the studio's website. Located in downtown Janesville, the studio conveniently provides parking and is situated west of Rock River. To learn more about their classes, visit www.yogainnerbliss.com.

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