Finding Yogic Bliss in Greenbelt

| February 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

NOT the yoga for me

Over the years I’ve tried a half dozen different yoga teachers and found none that were a good fit for me.  Living in Takoma Park, I naturally tried the local yoga establishment – Willow Street, with  almost 30 different instructors.  Here’s what I disliked about the classes I tried – partnering!  I wanted yoga to leave me calmer and more centered than when class started but at Willow  Street, the bulk of the class was spent doing poses with a classmate.  Chit-chatting took precedence over getting centered and class was about as calming as a Jazzercise class.  Okay I’m exaggerating but not by a lot.

I also tried an independent yoga teacher in the neighborhood whose approach was totally different – and wrong for me in another way.  It was plenty calming and spiritual, but the class involved a whole lotta worshiping of some guru.

So, I found two extremes, neither one right for me.  Then I moved here, tried three different teachers and discovered that ALL of them teach the approach I’d been looking for for so long.  Bliss!

Now I’m a happy student and practitioner and super-curious to learn more from the teachers I’ve met and admired, so I decided to interview as many as would tolerate my nosiness and then post their answers here.  First up is Laura Bonkosky, whose Lunch-Time Yoga classes I’ve been taking on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the Greenbelt Recreation Department.

Click here to read the Q&A with Laura, and let me know what other questions I should be asking, okay?

That's better.

Other Teachers?

Other yoga teachers I know of and will be contacting for similar interviews include the other teachers for the Recreation Department, and several who teach the SAGE yoga classes for 60+ (through the PG Community College).  If you know of any others, let me know.

Photo credits. Yoga class  Yoga partnering.

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Susan Harris has been writing online since 2005 - about gardening. (E.g., Garden Rant, Lawn Reform Coalition, and Behnkes Nursery.) In 2012 she started this community blog for and about her adopted hometown. She also created and curates the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel and does digital promotion for several Greenbelt organizations.

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  1. Gretchen says:

    Hi Susan, I’d be happy to talk to you about yoga. I teach several yoga classes for adults and children through the Greenbelt Parks and Recreation and a donation yoga on Monday night at the Greenbelt Community Center. Be well, Gretchen

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