This week I checked out the free community class at Berrybody Yoga in Merchant’s Square on Prince George Street. It’s in the basement of Berrybody Yogurt, so you occasionally hear people upstairs- but it was pretty quiet during the Wednesday class.
I found out about the free classes here at a 2nd Sunday Art Festival. A young woman was sitting at a booth outside the studio and was handing out coupons for a free class anytime and schedules that featured a free class on Wednesday nights. Fast forward to last Wednesday, when I show up for the class, and lo and behold there is the same woman! It turns out her name is Brittany, and she was our teacher for the evening.
The class was good, and a great introductory class for those who haven’t done much yoga. Brittany really walked us through everything, and offered hands-on adjustments (which are SUPER valuable at any point in your practice). Personally, I thought it was a pretty good workout. I mean, I wasn’t sweating or anything, but my thighs were definitely burning from all those crescent lunges and chair poses!
The only criticism I would offer was that there were times when I couldn’t quite hear what she was saying (most of the time I could hear fine, though). The class ended with us laying down and she came and gave us lavender-scented (!) washcloths to put over our faces. That was super-nice, but be warned that she puts it down next to your head, so you need to put it on yourself. I only realized I had a washcloth next to me when I opened my eyes. I really dug her choice of music during class, though- it was this eclectic mix of popular songs, RJD2, Budos Band, and some vaguely South Asian-style music.
The class was pretty crowded, as you’d expect for a free class. There were probably 20 people there. Unfortunately, about 5 of them arrived after the start time, and between them being late and having to fill out paperwork, we started late. So if you go, please be considerate to your classmates and get there a little bit early so you can fill out the waiver form and be ready to start the class on time.
Brittany let us know that this class will be free for the rest of November (no class the night before Thanksgiving) and will go up to $5 in December. After that, they’re not sure yet what the price will be, but there will still be a class. I’ll try to keep the calendar updated accordingly.
This class was a great one for beginners, but as someone who practices yoga semi-regularly, I got something out of it, too. If you like it, check out their other classes- their prices are pretty reasonable. You can also buy a punch card for classes that never expires.
I would definitely go back to this class. Brittany is a sweetheart, and it was neat being there with so many other people. Namaste, y’all!
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