The Solar Yoga Center has such a welcoming atmosphere. I love the small, homey feel to the studio and the intimate class setting. This studio is where I started my yoga journey, and the instructors are beyond helpful. They guide through the poses and check for alignment, but I still feel as though it is my personal practice. I have appreciated this kind of guidance so much. Finally, the Solar Yoga Center is a non-profit organization, which makes it that much more special to support!
A 2012 relocation to the Central West End from Tucson, AZ, led me to Solar Yoga. The variety of classes, levels, volunteer teachers and non-profit status greatly appealed to me. Four years later, I continue my multi weekly practice at the first yoga studio in STL.
Even after a move to STL County 18 months ago, I am still a dedicated member of this great community resource.
Initially I came to the yoga center in the late 80’s, because a friend recommended it, and because it was nearby. I attended inconsistently for some time due to the demands of having small children at home. My 25 year association with the yoga center is in part because of the interactions with the teachers and with other students. I like that I’ve gotten to know others; and that there are “regulars” at each class. Just knowing that someone will notice if I’m there, or not, motivates me to attend. I also like the integration of different aspects of yoga and exposures to yoga philosophy.
I was looking for a regular yoga class that offered a slower paced yet challenging practice and also with some solid technique. Solar Yoga Center is within walking distance of my home and offers classes when it is convenient for me to attend. Everything I needed!!
I started taking classes in 2007 on Wednesday evenings and have continued pretty consistently with that class. The new Yin class that started last year on Saturday morning was a great addition so now I am doing two classes a week. I find both of these classes to be essential to how I feel and how I proceed through this “old age” thing.
In 2003 when a friend suggested I might like yoga, I decided to try the classes at Solar Yoga. I’d noticed their sign from Forest Park Parkway ever since I moved to U. City in the 1970’s. The instructors were kind, careful and knowledgeable. I was very surprised to find they were volunteers. Class members, some who had been coming for years, welcomed newcomers such as me, with no experience. Classes began with psychophysical exercises. After a break for anyone who wanted to shower and change into “yoga whites,” yoga poses took the second hour of the class.
Increased work load and eldercare took over the time I had for classes, and there was a gap of several years before I had time for yoga again. When I returned, it was a ‘Cheers’ experience. Teachers and class members still knew me, offered friendly greetings, and didn’t ask for excuses. Now, there is more variety in classes offered, and I discovered exactly what I needed to help me recover from a frozen shoulder and regain good posture in YogAlign classes with an instructor who has an amazing amount of knowledge and a passion for what she is doing to help class members achieve her and our goals.