If You’ve Never Tried Yoga, Summit’s Health And Wellness Center Classes Welcome You
The popularity of yoga can make it intimidating to start a yoga class with no prior experience. At Summit’s Health and Wellness Center, our certified yoga instructors will help you feel successful from your first class—even if you’ve never tried yoga before.
We all want to be in better health. Yoga is a wonderful way to ease into exercise, but classes through expensive health club memberships or competitive yoga studios aren’t for everyone. Summit’s health and wellness yoga classes are open to anyone in the community. Our certified instructors provide an experience tailored to your abilities in a comprehensive health services setting.
“The Summit Health and Wellness Center is designed to make it easy and affordable for anyone in the community—not just Summit patients—to take their next step to better health with individualized, well-trained guidance,” explains fitness instructor Alex McDowell. “Whether you are interested in trying a group yoga class, or want a comprehensive wellness plan with nutritional guidance and a personalized exercise program with one of our performance specialists, we offer the comprehensive services you need to support your journey to better health.”
For those who are curious about group yoga classes, but unsure how to take the first step, Alex suggests dropping in on one of her yoga classes. “Yoga is an excellent way to strengthen your core muscles and protect yourself from injury,” she explains. “It can be really beneficial for proper posture and helps protect against cartilage and joint breakdown. There’s also research indicating that it can help reduce chronic pain.”
If yoga is new to you—or if you feel intimidated by the idea of joining students who’ve already mastered complex yoga poses, Alex teaches a Senior Yoga class that is designed to make you feel safe and comfortable trying something new. “In that class, we move slowly and gently through the yoga postures to engage our muscles,” she explains. “When someone hasn’t taken yoga before, I’ll take time to break down the positions for that student before the class begins, and suggest options that will make the first class successful. If you need some help with the postures, I use props such as chairs, straps, and blocks to assist my students to have a safe and effective practice. It’s called a “senior” class for older adults, but really, anyone who wants to try yoga is more than welcome. It’s ideal if you are looking for a relaxed yoga practice, or if you want to improve balance, strength, and flexibility. The Senior Yoga class helps you ease back into activity, without overdoing it.”
Class fees are designed to make it easy for you to affordably explore the option that’s best for you. Group classes are priced at $15 per session, and packages of 5, 10 or 20 classes are available for a discounted rate. “We have cubbies available, and we supply yoga mats if you don’t have your own,” says Alex. “All you need to bring is a water bottle and a towel. You don’t need tennis shoes or socks for your yoga practice—just comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily.”
“Our centers facilities are beautiful,” Alex smiles. “It’s uplifting to step into an inspiring setting, and I’m proud to be part of Summit’s vision to provide all the professional health and wellness resources people need in a single environment designed to inspire, educate, and support their journey to a healthy and active lifestyle. We hope to see you at a class soon!”
Summit + The Power House helps you meet your fitness goals
Summit Orthopedics partners with performance experts from The Power House to bring comprehensive, highly-tailored fitness services to you. Whether you are a first-timer in the gym or a competitive athlete, our coaches and trainers have all the tools, resources, and expertise to create programs that fit your needs and help you achieve your performance goals. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a patient of Summit to take advantage of these offerings.
Start your journey towards your health and fitness goals today. Schedule a free consultation at the HealthEast Sports Center location online, or call (651) 968-5766. Find the group fitness class that works with your schedule. Visit The Power House Facebook page to learn all about the events we offer to safely promote good health throughout your life.
More resources for you
- Ask Dr. Skendzel: What guidelines should I follow to add yoga to my exercise regime?
- Group Fitness Programs: Summit Wellness Center Has Something For Everyone
- Yoga QUICKGuide
- Summit Wellness Resources Support The Twin Cities’ Top Fitness Ranking
- A Strong Core Helps Prevent Injury
- Summit’s Wellness Program Strength Training: A Firsthand Report
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