Zura's Second Year Begins...

Zura's Second Year Begins...

ZURA’S Second Year Begins

Every September, we are reminded of a fresh start. A new school year, a new routine, a new commitment to honoring our physical and mental health. We talk to our fellow yogis every day and have learned that so many of you work out with other forms of exercise. We have among our many yogis runners, golfers, tennis players, cyclists, cross fit fans, rock climbers and walkers. We love that these folks have incorporated ZURA classes into their routines - to instill calm, strength and balance, both physically and mentally. Since work and workout schedules often shift throughout the fall season, we welcome the opportunity to work with you to analyze which ZURA classes and class packages make the most sense for your schedule and budget as well as (and most importantly) your body and mind. 

We eagerly anticipate our official one-year anniversary in early October. During our special anniversary weekend, October 7th and 8th, we will offer a special class package of 10 classes for $100 (with a 3-month expiration). The special 10 for $100 package can be purchased in the studio only, not online. Be sure to drop by the studio for a class or a visit on Saturday, Oct 7th or Sunday, October 8th to take advantage of this 10 for $100 opportunity. 

For our kirtan enthusiasts, we will kick off our Anniversary Weekend with a kirtan featuring Prema Hara on Friday, October 6th at 7:00PM. (More info about Prema Hara here - http://www.premahara.com/about)

Whether we see you sweating on the mat, meditating to the uplifting sounds of Prema Hara or chatting in our front lobby about yoga and life, we welcome and cherish you.  Our community is like no other. We are constantly amazed by the energy, diversity and grace each of you gives to ZURA. We can’t wait to start our second year alongside you.

Here’s to all that awaits us on the mat and within this powerful community. Here’s to ZURA --

Cassie and Rebecca

 

Five Minutes With....Dante Sterling

Five Minutes With....Dante Sterling

C & R: When did you start your yoga practice?

DS: I was about 18 when I started flirting with yoga. I was in performing arts – as a singer, dancer and actor, so I’m naturally flexible but wanted to bring some strength into my flexibility.

C & R: What is it about yoga that spoke to you?

DS: I was always intrigued by those super bendy poses and wondered if I could do them myself. Of course now, I have a different appreciation for yoga in my life – it brings me tremendous peace, balance, healing for stress, even self-love.

C & R: Favorite pose?

DS: Vasisthasana (a side plank opening into a split). Definitely one of those crazy bendy poses!

C & R: What pose do most students ask you about after class?

DS: Probably walking stance. Any pose where your hips are squared but your legs are skewed are challenging for most students.

C & R: Body Art has really started to take off! What do you love about it?

DS: There’s a flow to the class that is quite beautiful. The five stages – arrival, expansion, circulation, descending, relaxing – work in conjunction for a complete workout that’s gentle, effective and feels like a release. There are modifications for every move which means that any student can enjoy this class.

C & R: Tips for new students?

DS: Any student really – honor your body first and foremost. Work on alignment before perfect poses. Every body really is different.

C & R: Finally, where can we find you when you’re not in the studio?

DS: My background in theater arts has given me a love for communication and connecting with people. I’m now studying French translation at Montclair State – I look forward to communicating and connecting in a whole new way.

 

 

 

In the Studio: bodyART

In the Studio: bodyART

ZURA is the only studio in the Montclair area offering bodyART: a unique training system that incorporates yoga, Pilates and martial arts. This class will challenge your whole body and leave you feeling empowered, centered and elated.

At the core of each bodyART class is the play of yin and yang – there is both a strengthening quality to the movements as well as a calming, relaxing quality. The bodyART movement sequences are holistic. The intention of the bodyART creators was to design a movement system that works the entire body rather than training a single muscle group at a time. This approach inspires a mental focus and awareness that brings the participant to a deeper connection with their body.

Another thing that differentiates bodyART from other training modalities is that it offers students an opportunity to “let go” – bodyART’s flow and emphasis on the breath are both energizing and tension-releasing. We spend so much of our lives trying to be in control -- both physically and emotionally -- bodyART encourages a release of that control.

At ZURA bodyART is offered in our not-hot studio. While challenging, the class is suitable for all levels. Our instructors are careful to offer modifications (or levels of intensity) for each movement sequence. You are in charge and can make your class work for you.

bodyART is not just a class, it’s an experience. Give it a try. We hope you’ll love it as much as we do!

NOTE: Join us on Thursday August 3rd at 7PM for a FREE community bodyART class at Lululemon (corner of Bloomfield Avenue and South Park Street). Rebecca and Dante, our bodyART-trained instructors, will be leading the outdoor class. Bring your mat and join us in the bodyART experience! 

 

Wishing you peace, strength, tranquility,

Cassie & Rebecca

In The Studio: Fusion

In The Studio: Fusion

Hot Yoga. We know it's polarizing. There are the “Hot Yoga Addicts” - those who relish that unique feeling of heated flexibility and holding poses at 100+ degree temperatures -  and there are those who cannot even fathom practicing yoga in the hot room. Remarkably, very few are on the fence - it's more of a love/hate thing. Until now. Enter FUSION, or, as we like to call it, "the best of both worlds."  

FUSION combines the classic poses of vinyasa yoga with the greatest hits (postures) of the Hot 26 class. The Fusion class at ZURA is practiced in a room that is slightly under 100 degrees. Not as intense as traditional "hot yoga," Fusion is a perfect gateway to reap the benefits of hot yoga while at the same time enjoying a yoga practice that flows in your body and is buoyed by music. The heat is instrumental in creating warm, supple muscles and helps you increase your flexibility while working through the poses. One of the hallmarks of any yoga class is that as you progress in your overall yoga practice, the postures don’t suddenly become easier. They are challenging every time you come to the mat, but the mark of a well-practiced and seasoned yogi is the ability to hold poses for greater lengths of time…and to do so with strength, grace and flexibility.

Is Fusion easy? No! Is Fusion a class that is achievable by almost any student no matter their level of experience? Absolutely.Yoga is all about what you bring to the mat each time you practice. The compassionate instructors at ZURA will guide you always, but your practice is forever your own.

Remember to stay hydrated, and to modify when necessary. Self-care in your self-practice is the number one priority at ZURA. And don’t forget, the sign of a true yogi is one who knows when they absolutely need to stop for a moment during their practice to re-group -- either by calmly sitting on their mat or taking child’s pose until they can resume their yoga with renewed energy.

Wishing you peace, strength, tranquility,

Cassie & Rebecca

Yoga Foundation Series

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Yoga Foundation Series

Maybe a friend or doctor recommended you try yoga. Maybe you’ve always been interested but never had the time to really give it a chance. Maybe you once practiced yoga but life seemed to get in the way. Whether you are a seasoned Yogi looking to refresh your practice, or you wish to review the fundamentals of yoga as you begin a steady, more regular practice, our Yoga Foundation Series will boost your physical, mental and spiritual benefits.

Join Caroline McCann for a four-week Yoga Foundations Series on Monday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at ZURA (July 10, 17, 24 and 31). Each of the 75-minute information-packed classes will focus on a different area of the body: Hands & Feet, Knees, Hips & Low Back, and finally, Shoulders & Neck.

Caroline will lead students through a discussion of the anatomy of the basic asanas (yoga poses) and will offer drills to strengthen and create space within the body to better achieve the poses. Students of the workshop series will also be introduced to the first four Yoga Sutras (yoga philosophy). This will be an interactive, workshop-style class and each class will end with the practice of a brief sequence of poses accessible to all levels. 

By the end of the series, even the most inflexible or skeptical new yogi is likely to stand a bit taller, to have found space within their body to breathe more fully, to release physical and mental tensions more easily, and hopefully, to find their "OM" on and off the yoga mat more readily.

The cost for the 4 week series is $65 (not included in unlimited or class packages).

 

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Hot Yoga In Summer?

Hot Yoga In Summer?

YES! In fact, summer is an optimal time to perfect, or begin, your hot yoga practice. Here are some of the benefits of a hot yoga practice during the warmer months:

·      You’re already halfway up the acclimation mountain; your body is accustomed to the hotter outdoor temperatures so your muscles stay loose and supple in the heated yoga studio. When you are accustomed to the heat before class even begins, you’ll find that you are able to “warm up” your body more quickly so you can gain deeper access to the poses.

·      Practicing yoga in the hot room can have the added benefit of making you feel cooler throughout your day after class. You may find that you are able to “breathe through” a moment in a crowded hot space. Heck, 95 degrees in a crowded elevator is nothing because you’re used to practicing in a106-degree hot room with many other sweaty yogis all around you. 

·      When you are regularly practicing Hot Yoga, mindfully hydrating yourself and keeping track of what you’ve eaten become a natural part of your every-day preparation for your yoga class. Eating healthy, light, easier-to-digest meals the day of or even the day before your hot yoga class helps you to feel more comfortable and less constricted as you progress through the yoga postures. Furthermore, while many people forget to stay hydrated in the summer months, a hot yogi never does! And here’s some more good news: with consistent hot yoga practice, you’re going to feel more inclined to let yourself indulge in a favorite summer treat or two. No problem – go right ahead and enjoy that gelato or strawberry shortcake because you’re going to be right back in the hot room tomorrow or the day after.

·      No matter the season, a regular yoga practice will help you feel better physically and mentally. We practice yoga for many reasons, but one of the most powerful is our hunger for a sense of connectedness with our bodies and our breath. That feeling of connectedness can guide us and lift us when presented with difficult moments or challenges. Because progress in our yoga practice comes in subtle and personal ways, consistency is the name of the game. It takes practice. You don’t want to lose all the strides you’ve made in the hot room by missing an entire season.

·      And, if you aren’t addicted to hot yoga yet, Zura offers many different levels of hot in our hot studio -- as well as many yoga classes and other movement/strength classes in our non-hot studio. Come talk to us at the front desk about what you’re looking for to bolster your yoga practice this summer.  Or, check out our class descriptions and schedule.

Maybe you’re hoping to get closer to that feeling of connectedness in your body and breath. Maybe you want to feel less achy and strained in your body and mind. Or maybe you just want to feel super confident in your best skimpy summer outfit. Whatever your goal, ZURA would like to help you achieve it and we’re confident that Hot Yoga can help you get there.

Wishing you peace, strength, tranquility-

Cassie & Rebecca

Community

Namaste. And welcome to our blog. When we first thought about opening a yoga studio, we put a lot of thought into the classes we'd offer, instructors, decor, and of course all of those logistical details. But when we thought about the tone and atmosphere that we envisioned for Zura, we both came up with the same word. Community. Of course we want to offer a wide variety of top-notch yoga classes, but it was equally important to us to be a part of our incredibly dynamic community - the Montclair area - of which we are so blessed to be a part.  We both have raised our families here, and could not feel more connected to so many people, schools, teachers, coffee shops, restaurants - truly appreciating our community, and enjoying its many gifts in so many ways.  Our goal is for our little studio to add to that sense of community, and become a place where anyone can come and feel welcomed. And not only do we strive to become part of the fabric and common ground of our larger community, our mission is also to create our own little sacred community within our walls. It's become a cliche, but we do love the idea of "a place where everybody knows your name."

We are hopeful that our studio offers that same vibe of connection, peace, and community where everyone, whether novice or advanced yogi, feels welcomed and appreciated. 

Wishing you peace, strength, tranquility-

Cassie & Rebecca

 

 

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