New Kid in Class: Yoga

I attended the 4:15 p.m. yoga class on a Sunday at Dancers Shape, and it was a supremely chill but rejuvenating way to conclude my weekend. I went into the class with extremely tight oblique muscles. Yoga was just what the doctor ordered. My instructor focused on moves that incorporated gentle twists. When I left class, I felt more loose, and much of the pain I’d been experiencing from tight muscles had subsided.

I need to preface this post by admitting that I’m no yogi. I’ve always been a Pilates gal. But after my experience at Dancers Shape, I think I need to make Sunday yoga a regular part of my fitness schedule. Yoga at Dancers Shape helps elongate muscles and rid the mind and body of stress while strengthening joints and improving flexibility. After an hour in class, you’ll feel a renewed connection between your body and mind.

The class structure is about half vinyasa flow and about half deep stretching. The class is perfect for yoga beginners or advanced practitioners. My instructor was great about offering modifications based on skill level. Here’s a preview of what to expect in the Dancers Shape yoga class:

  • Downward facing dog,
  • Warrior II,
  • Plank,
  • Tree pose,
  • Standing forward bend,
  • Corpse pose (I love this pose at the end of a tough class.),
  • Triangle pose,
  • Cat and cow, and
  • Chair pose.

Of course, you can always move into child’s pose when you feel those muscles burning. Give the class a go. It’s a wonderful way to decompress and rid your body of tension.


About the Author

Crystal Zuzek is an Austin-based writer with more than a decade of experience in the journalism industry. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism in the magazine sequence. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, going to movies and concerts, and spending time with her husband, Patrick, and her dachshund mix, Saffron.