Last night was the last Yoga on Tap that lululemon Southpark helped to host at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. (Don’t worry Olde Meck is continuing to host the event) To celebrate the last class coordinated with lululemon’s help, four of the wonderful women ambassadors to the store taught a joint class! The teachers included Amy Morris (Harris Y, Charlotte Yoga), Jennifer Busco (Charlotte Yoga, Tryon Street Yoga, and y2), Amani Murray (Enlighten Yoga), and Tai Dorn (Yoga One, Yoga Shala, Okra, and Tryon Street Yoga). These four women are pillars of the yoga community in Charlotte and their radiance is felt by any and all in their presence.
Amy started out the class with a wonderful passage reading and of course her signature country music tune. Amy’s power vinyasa class is one that is sure to leave you peaceful when you leave, but sore the next day! Amy describes her yoga experience:
The practice is – to quiet my mind IN THE MIDST of everything else…to come back to breathing when I want to lose it or give up, to find my feet on a solid foundation in the present moment…not behind me or ahead worrying about other things outside of the second I am living in and to be mindful of each of my movements as I go through them.
If it sounds like a lot more than a stretching class, that’s because it is. The mind/body/spirit connection makes yoga my moving meditation and prayer. The first 3 Oms we take in class remind me of God’s omnipresence, His omniscience and His omnipotence. The Namaste reminds me to see the light in others and reflect that back to them. I feel humbled and grateful every single time I get to hit the mat. Maya Angelou says one of my favorite quotes, “What you learn, teach. What you get, give.” My hope is that the staples of the practice manifest through my life off the mat as well. Namaste and Love!
Jennifer Busco taught second. Here is an excerpt below from Jennifer’s bio:
Jennifer found yoga in 2003, confused and overwhelmed about her life’s purpose. It only took one yoga class for her to fall in love with the seamless movements and the cadence of the breath. As her practice deepened, her life began to unravel, and yoga gave her the courage to tie it all back together in a more authentic and meaningful way. The power of healing through yoga helped clear the way of the path she knew she wanted to walk…healing others.
Jennifer completed her 500 hour Teacher Training with Stephanie Keach at Asheville Yoga Center. She started teaching at Y2 Yoga and in 2010, cofounded NoDa Yoga. Jennifer is an ambassador for lululemon and is thrilled at the opportunity to serve a wider range audience with other visionaries in her community.
In addition to teaching yoga to the general public, Jennifer cofounded a company, called Yogirl, which promotes empowering teenage girls through yoga and other healthful exercises. Her path of healing people through yoga is continuing to expand since she and Dana Childs have partnered to create CHI Yoga. CHI Yoga combines the dynamic flow of a power yoga class with the healing potential of intentional energy facilitated by an Energy Healer.
Amani Murray took over third. Amani completed her first teacher training in 2002 under the direction of Stephanie Keach, at the Asheville Yoga Center. In 2009 she completed a Prenatal Certification, and her passion for empowering women led her to create her very own certification. Her desire to learn more about yoga in all it’s facets led her to complete her 500 RYT hours at the Asheville Yoga Center, specializing in the Classics Track. As her love for yoga continues to grow, she is currently working towards an Ayurveda training, which she will complete in 2015. Specializing in Hot Flow, Yin, Prenatal, and meditation, Amani has the unique ability to ignite, inspire, and uplift her students while maintaining the core teachings of the 8 Limbed path of yoga. Her classes are both challenging and light-hearted, holding space for students to breathe, move, and evolve.
Tai Dorn taught last, closing out the class with her wonderful and traditional Jivamukti chanting.
Here is Tai’s bio:
I have lived many lives on my yoga mat. Each day I find sanctuary in my practice as I have the opportunity to live a full life beginning in childs pose and ending in corpse pose. I get the opportunity to choose what kind of life I’m going to live, who I’m going to be and what thoughts I choose to aid me in my journey from birth to death. My ujjayi breath has been witness to both my defeats and my triumphs. The more I practice life on the mat the stronger I am to step into and live my life off the mat. What I have discovered through yoga is no matter what kind of practice I had I always walk away with a better sense of myself, a deeper inner stillness and effervescence of peace. My passion is to share this experience and hold the space for others to live a life of choice through each practice.
I received my 200 hour certification through Yoga One in 2008 and continued on to receive my 300 hour certification in Jivamukti Yoga in 2011 and my 800 hour Jivamukti certification in 2012.
I have an eager appetite for finding new ways to connect to the soul through the marriage of breath, movement and high intention. I seek to share a deep, intentional and uplifting class and look forward to seeing you soon on the mat!
With such a wonderful team of amazing positive spirits it is no wonder that Yoga on Tap has transformed into an amazing weekly event that is always packed to the brim!
Olde Mecklenburg will continue to host the event and I look forward to seeing what lululemon Southpark will come up with next to help elevate the community of Charlotte.
For more information about Yoga on Tap and who is teaching next check out/like the page https://www.facebook.com/OMBYogaonTap
and for more information about the brewery check out http://www.oldemeckbrew.com