I headed down to South Boston Yoga this weekend to check out one of their restorative Sunday night yoga classes. I used to live in Southie for eight years and was familiar with the cozy neighborhood studio. However, I haven’t been back down to Southie since we moved a few years ago, so I was excited to see what was new on their schedule and in the studio.
Every since my hip labral tear diagnosis last year, I had pretty much stopped doing yoga since some of the moves can stress the joints. I had switched over to Pilates and gentle cardio for the most part for my daily exercise (but I still miss the Harvard Stadium stairs!). It’s been about five months since my hip surgery and I’ve taken one or two super gentle yoga classes. So I was really excited to see what might work for me at South Boston Yoga.
I popped open the online schedule and perused the various class options like a vinyasa All Levels class, Hot Power Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Level 2/3 Yoga, Dharma Punx, and Acoustic Restore. The studio also offers Pilates and Strength Training for those looking to build strength in other ways.
Acoustic Restore seemed to be the best option for me since it looked gentle and an easy way to get back into a yoga practice.
When I arrived at the studio I proceeded to the third floor studio (the first floor is where the hot yoga and Pilates/Strength studios are). I rolled out my mat as the instructor, Amanda, set up the music and candles. She led us through a slow and restorative series of postures using blocks, blankets, and bolsters to support the practice. We held poses for about two or three minutes, which really allowed the muscles to melt into the mat. The 90-minute class was a perfect way to unwind after a long week, and a great way to bring in the upcoming week. What I liked most about the class was the fact that it was dimly lit and a non-competitive way to ease into yoga again. It definitely helped relax my low back, too!
South Boston Yoga is well known throughout Greater Boston for their practical and compassionate yoga teacher training programs. They offer a 200-hour teacher training as well as a 100-hour Therapeutic Yoga program for teachers who have already completed the basic training. Becoming a well-trained yoga teacher is no small task and the instructors must focus on anatomy, yoga postures, how to sequence an effective class, and how to teach to various levels of students from beginners to advanced practitioners.
Since the last time I visited the studio, they’ve also begin a 650-hour Licensed Massage Therapy School (LMT) as part of The New England School of Therapeutics. the massage training program looks especially in-depth, with hundred of hours dedicated towards learning anatomy, how muscles work and interact with each other, massage techniques and more. The program concludes with a massage clinic so the students gain hands-on experience with patients (hey, let me know if you need any test subjects!).
South Boston Yoga is a warm and welcoming yoga studio for students of all levels and abilities, as well as a haven for aspiring yoga teachers and massage therapists. I would definitely recommend a trip on the Red Line (did I just say that?) to check out a class or one of their training programs. There’s two-hour on-street parking if the T isn’t your thing, and the 9, 11, and 47 buses stop at Broadway Station.
Leave a comment below if you’re planning on checking out the studio!