KENNETT SQUARE—Elizabeth Gehrt and Lexa Chernin, who each started their yoga journeys looking for private development, by no means anticipated proudly owning a yoga studio. As soon as the concept started to take form, although, they knew that they have been united of their want to current an area for frequent good to the neighborhood.
“At Yoga Secrets and techniques we would like individuals to really feel welcome and secure and to search out the presents that yoga dropped at us,” says Gehrt.
Whereas individuals are typically impressed by the power and adaptability of those that apply yoga, the bodily advantages are solely the surface-level, or exterior, presents of yoga. The apply of yoga is at the very least as a lot about interior power and peace. Yoga opens the physique and quiets the thoughts, says Gehrt. And that’s maybe extra vital than ever proper now.
“Many individuals come to yoga as a result of a health care provider recommends it or to attain a selected aim,” Gehrt says, “and sometimes they discover they actually take pleasure in yoga and that unique ‘aim’ shifts as their self-understanding deepens.”
Though yoga occurs to be stylish proper now, it’s an historical apply that provides increasingly as individuals decide to pursuing it. “Whether or not somebody comes with a primary want to develop into extra bodily versatile or just needs a very good exercise, we hope once they come into the area they’ll see how rather more yoga may be,” Gehrt says. “Yoga may also calm nervousness and provide religious therapeutic, mindfulness, and focus by means of meditation. These are among the presents, or ‘secrets and techniques,’ of yoga that we need to assist individuals uncover for themselves.”
What to Count on
The very first thing individuals must know, Gehrt says with amusing, is that they don’t have to be versatile to do yoga. “That false impression comes from the media’s portrayal of Western yoga,” she says, “But it surely’s not likely about that.” Moderately, she says, it’s about understanding who and the place you might be, transferring ahead and holding your self softly and compassionately, and being current.
Though yoga has all the time provided advantages to its practitioners, these concepts resonate maybe extra powerfully now than they’ve for a while—in a world burdened and damaged and worn out by a worldwide pandemic. As a result of yoga and its sister science, Āyurveda, are primarily based in historical custom, these practices and truths have stood the take a look at of time. They’re as related and useful for us as we speak as they’ve been for hundreds of years.
“No matter the place somebody begins on this journey, we’re all working towards the identical aim—to raised ourselves,” says Gehrt. A part of making Yoga Secrets and techniques a secure place to try this is offering totally different platforms for individuals to start out the place they really feel most comfy. Gehrt and Chernin construct their class schedule with numerous kinds of lessons, together with light and yin lessons, which supply a softer, slower-paced, and stress-free apply. Yoga Secrets and techniques additionally presents sizzling and heat vinyasa lessons in addition to prenatal and personal lessons along with quite a lot of particular occasions and workshops.
They provide safely modified in-studio lessons in addition to on-line choices. Courses are small and instructors assist every particular person scholar make any modifications essential for bodily limitations. Somebody who not too long ago suffered a stroke, for instance, discovered yoga to be useful in reestablishing the mind-body connection. Yoga Secrets and techniques’ newbie sequence is often a block of eight lessons that break down and train the totally different sides of yoga.
Gehrt and Chernin are additionally dedicated to offering pathways and help for individuals to proceed their yoga journeys—whether or not meaning taking a workshop on meditation or a 300-hour coaching course.
“We needed to supply an area platform for individuals to go deeper and be taught extra,” Gehrt says. When Gehrt and Chernin did these trainings themselves, they travelled to locations like New Mexico, California, and India.
There are various dimensions to making a secure area—from ensuring individuals really feel welcome and accepted to making sure their security within the midst of the pandemic—and Gehrt and Chernin take the latter very severely as effectively.
Final summer time, Yoga Secrets and techniques acquired a grant from Historic Kennett Sq.’s Small Enterprise Response Fund (SBRF). Like each small enterprise, Yoga Secrets and techniques has suffered the extreme financial impression of pandemic-related shutdowns and restrictions. However, in an ideal instance of integrating the aware intention of their apply into their enterprise, Gehrt and Chernin determined to make use of the funds given by the neighborhood to present again to the neighborhood. Moderately than use them for bills like hire, they invested in finest practices on the studio to pay it ahead.
“We used the SBRF funds to purchase tools to livestream lessons to our area people of practitioners in addition to family and friends throughout the nation. Our livestream capabilities have allowed our studio to function on-line virtually frequently all through the pandemic to carry our purchasers the identical nice yoga lessons within the consolation and security of their very own houses. Particularly throughout this hectic time, the providers now we have been in a position to present with this new tools have made an enormous distinction for our purchasers’ psychological well being and bodily well-being,” Gehrt says.
In anticipation of bringing college students again to the studio safely, Yoga Secrets and techniques additionally invested within the latest, medical-grade HyperHEPA air purifiers from IQ Air for each of their apply rooms. “Air high quality is on the forefront of everybody’s minds, and the power to supply the cleanest, most secure atmosphere for our purchasers as we transfer again into the studio is our number-one precedence,” Gehrt says. “At Yoga Secrets and techniques we offer a secure, safe place the place individuals can apply and give attention to themselves, with none worries or distractions.”
“I’d misplaced my connection to who I used to be”
Gehrt began yoga as a part of a private quest. “I’d spent the earlier eight years having infants and being at dwelling,” she says. “I’d misplaced my connection to who I used to be past being a mother. I wanted one thing that was mine, and yoga spoke to me on so many ranges.” It was a religious journey, too, Gehrt says. “Yoga gave me a option to view the religious a part of being human in a means that made sense to me. The entire puzzle items—of my Catholic upbringing and the way I felt in my coronary heart—match collectively so completely.” Yoga helps practitioners really feel higher bodily, Gehrt says, however it additionally “lights an interior hearth inside every of us and allows us to attach with one thing past ourselves.”
The story of Yoga Secrets and techniques started 10 years in the past, when Gehrt and Lexa Chernin took a trainer coaching course collectively and have become associates. Gehrt and Chernin had been educating with the unique proprietor of Yoga Secrets and techniques, Mary Honchock, once they got here on board as co-owners together with her.
The studio was positioned close to Longwood, and two associates took over utterly in 2017 and moved to their new location, in Cannery Row on South Mill Street (simply throughout from Victory Brewing), in 2018. “We needed a bigger area to raised serve college students,” Gehrt says, “and we additionally needed to be nearer to the middle of this superb and vibrant neighborhood.”
There’s no fallacious motive to start out a yoga apply, and Gehrt and Chernin welcome everybody to expertise yoga’s secrets and techniques. “We wish everybody—from the one who thinks they’ll’t do yoga to those that need to dive extra deeply into totally different modalities and metaphysical concepts—to really feel seen, supported, and profitable and to profit from their apply at no matter degree they select,” says Gehrt.
For a terrific begin to the brand new 12 months, Gehrt and Chernin have put collectively a sequence of 5 lessons referred to as Yoga Fundamentals for Newcomers and Past. These periods will run on Sundays from 10–11:30 am, from February 7 by means of March 7. Discover extra info and sophistication schedules at http://www.yogasecretsPA.com