Ashland Yoga Center Offers Something for Everyone
Whether you’ve been practicing for years or don’t know a downward dog from a tree pose, it’s time to roll out your yoga mat and experience the physical and mental benefits of this age-old discipline.
Ashland Hot Yoga (2455 Siskiyou, heated) and the Ashland Yoga Center (485 A Street), the two oldest yoga studios in Ashland, are now under the single ownership of Natalie Stawsky, under the name of Ashland Yoga Center (with locations at both Siskiyou and A Street). Combined, they offer classes from “never done it” to the most experienced. Natalie’s goal is to provide a nurturing place where everyone feels comfortable and welcomed.
“My mission as a yoga teacher is inclusivity and to share the tools I have to enhance my life and the lives of my students,” she says. “My goal is that all who practice with us will integrate yoga deeply into their lives, cultivating strength, balance and grace.”
Natalie became owner of the Siskiyou location in January 2016, and the A Street Studio on June 1 of this year. She has been a yoga teacher and yoga therapist for more than 20 years, moving to Ashland nine years ago to help with a yoga studio opening in Medford. Her specialty is working with people who think yoga is not for them.
“I believe yoga is for everybody,” she said. “You do not have to look or dress a certain way, be flexible or fit to try.”
As a yoga therapist, she has helped people learn to love yoga despite the challenges of PTSD, autoimmune disease, cancer, osteoporosis and chronic pain.
The Siskiyou location, with a natural gas stove and floors that provide radiant heat, offers heated practices, from Radiant Flow to Hot Bikram, Power and Buti Yoga. The A Street location offers a variety of non-heated yogas and has yoga therapists trained to work with conditions such as autoimmune diseases, trauma, scoliosis, chronic pain, and addiction. Plans are in the works for even more inclusive offerings, says Natalie, “such as abundant bodies yoga, yoga en espanol, queer and transgender, and more.”
Students can purchase passes for use at either studio. A flex pass offers unlimited classes at both locations as many times as you like in a 30-day period.
Ashland Yoga Center will offer basic and advanced teacher trainings in October and January, with special visiting teachers. Retreats at Maya Tulum, Mexico, will be offered in November 2017, and March 2018.
For more info, call 541-488-YOGA (9642) or go to ashlandyogacenter.com. You can also like them on Facebook.