Southern Om News             Your Oasis in a Busy Day                    May 2018
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Go Deep with Brian 5 Days a Week!
Donation Class for Gateway House
Yoga Core Strength Workshop
West End Traffic Patterns
Why Far Infrared Heat Panels
Perkville Rewards
Centered On Your Health
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Southern Om is proud to offer a huge selection of clothing from lululemon, Alo and Manduka.  Not only will you have a new outfit for your next yoga class, you are supporting a local business!

Oh my! RUN, don't walk, to the Woodruff Road studio to see all the BRAND NEW LULULEMON that just arrived!!!

Lots of bolsters have arrived at both studio locations from Hugger Mugger and Manduka! Perfect for our regular Yin students or for an at home practice.

And we just got a brand new shipment of amazing clothes from your favorite West Coast Retailer...


It's getting hot outside, which means things are really heating up inside Southern Om.  Just a little over a month until we begin our annual Summer Challenge on June 12th. 70 days for our entire community to earn prizes for how many times they practice - and the challenge board will be up again this year - oh my!  

We know May is a very busy month for many of us, with graduations, Mother's Day celebrations and end of school activities like Field Day and Awards Day. While you are concentrating on taking care of all the other special people in your life, don't forget to take care of you!!!

With 80+ classes now at TWO locations, we invite you to drop in for a Southern Flow class if you need to get your heart rate up with dynamic vinyasa flow, Southern 26 if you need a moving meditation in the heat or discover Yin or Southern Stretch for a chance to slow things down and go deeper in your postures.  Our full class schedule at both locations can be found on our website.
And speaking of Mom - we have gift certificates available at the studios or online for last minute gift giving. Available in any denomination and can be used for classes or clothes!

Two studios make it possible to have TWO donation classes in one night so we can raise even more money for local charities!  In honor of Mental Health Month, we are raising money for Gateway House - a local rehabilitation program for adults with a serious mental illness. Learn more here, and give generously!

Now you have two great reasons to get out of bed on Saturday mornings - 8 am Southern Flow and the 10 am Southern 26 are now $5 classes.  Both are 90 minute classes.  You can walk down to the Farmer's Market in downtown Greenville after class!

In this workshop, Maryanne will teach several different ways to add strength building patterns in your practice and other small drills you can do on your own to find that internal core strength. Cost is $25. Sign up  here.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  We are humbly grateful that you have chosen to be a part of our community.  We hope our new students at the West End are feeling at 'Om and we encourage you to bring your friends!  And our longtime students at Woodruff Road - thank you for your continued loyalty.  We won't soon forget the incredible efforts to help us quickly recover from the studio flood in April! 

We also love hearing from our community, so if you have suggestions for ways we can improve your experience or there is someone on our team you want to recognize - please drop us an email at sarah@southernom.com or pace@southernom.com.  We value your decision to practice with us, and our hope is that Southern Om continues to be your Oasis in a Busy Day!


Pace & Sarah Beattie
Head Towel Washers

West End studio adds more classes!

The West End Studio is now offering Deep Southern Flow with Brian Delaney Monday-Friday from 
9:15-10:30 am in the Moon Studio (warm, not hot!).

Fans of Brian's know his unique style of teaching makes him one of the most challenging and engaging teachers in Greenville.  A former studio owner of Vibrant Life Yoga and North Main Yoga, Southern Om is honored to add Brian to the teaching team at the West End studio.

Brian's Story:
If you are walking through life with pain or limitations, Brian can totally relate. In a devastating fall off a forty-foot cliff in 1995, Brian sustained massive injuries, including crushed facial bones, a torn rotator cuff, a broken wrist, and twenty breaks in his forearm. Two years after his accident, Brian went to his first yoga class. After just a few classes, he found that yoga relieved his pain and increased the range of motion in the injured parts of his body. With a dedicated practice, yoga brought him back to life - and today he is pain free.

Knowing yoga's transformative power firsthand, Brian encourages his students to integrate yoga into their daily lives in a balanced, sustainable way. Brian's approachable nature allows him to share his honest take on the world, which will let you know you are not alone in your daily challenges. His words will inspire you, make you laugh, and will have you seeing the world in a whole new way.

In 1998 Brian moved to Los Angeles. There he practiced with Bryan Kest, the creator of Power Yoga. Bryan Kest's no nonsense approach to yoga put Brian at ease and allowed him to explore yoga in a new way. Brian found a sense of peace he had never known before.

One day, he stumbled into a class with Ma x Strom. Max paid attention to Brian's injuries and helped him heal further, physically and emotionally, by adding deep breathing to his yoga practice. After these classes, Brian discovered the meaning of being content for the first time. Max had such a huge impact on Brian's life that he took his first teacher training with him and Sherry Brourman, a physical therapist, in 2000. In 2007 Brian completed Max Strom's 200-Hour training, Yoga as a Way of Life, and in 2013 he completed Power Yoga teacher training with Bryan Kest. Brian continues to travel and learn from both of his teachers each year. He now lives yoga as a lifestyle and is committed to help others live and be the best version of themselves.

Brian teaches Deep Southern Flow at the West End location from 9:15-10:30, Monday thru Friday.

Each month we select a local charity to give all the monies donated from students attending our $5 Friday Flow class on the 2nd Friday of the month.

This month, in honor of Mental Health Month, we have selected Gateway House, a local psychiatric rehabilitation program for adults with serious mental illness.  Using an internationally recognized Clubhouse Model, Gateway seeks to help members feel a sense of belonging and purpose through meaningful work. Gateway provides housing and education opportunities for its members to live independently in the community.

We are strongly committed to supporting Gateway and other mental health resources, and hope you will join us on Friday for class and give generously!

5:30 p.m. West End Flow with Caroline
6:45 p.m. Woodruff Road Flow with Melissa

Yoga Core Strength Workshop
Saturday, May 19 from 2-4 pm
with Maryanne Abdulhadi
West End Studio
We see advertisements and videos of yoga postures and it looks effortless- until you do it and realize it takes some strength! Most yoga teachers get asked how students can get stronger in their core to help with back pain. Maryanne, our Southern Om Ashtanga Teacher offers one of the most strength building practices. 

In this workshop, Maryanne will teach several different ways to add strength building patterns in your practice and other small drills you can do on your own to find that internal core strength. Your strength awaits, we just need to find the key to unlock it. In this workshop we will break down some reasons you may be lacking strength (maybe due to job, injury, or just a new practitioner) and create new patterns to build a foundation to keep building strength with your flexibility. This is an all levels workshop!

Cost is $25 per person.  Please bring a mat, mat towel and water.   Sign up  here .

Still got questions?
Email us at info@southernom.com and we have all the answers!

How can I find the studio?
Unlike our Woodruff Road location which is surrounded by national retailers like Whole Foods Market and REI, our West End studio is nestled in historical West End and not as easy to spot from the road.

This has become more challenging lately with the construction of The Greene Apartments on the corner of Perry Avenue and S. Main.  Citing safety concerns, they have blocked access to the studio from S. Main.

Tips for finding us:
We share a building with Nachman, Norwood & Parrott Wealth Managemen t and you will see the front of their office and their signage first.

From Augusta Road/Greenville High School:
  1. Take Vardry to S. Main Street, turn RIGHT - park for free along S. Main Street.  Walk down Perry Avenue and studio is on the left (across from giant apartment building under construction).

From West End/Fluor Field:

  1. Take Markley to Rhett Avenue, park in secondary parking lot marked Southern Om Additional Parking at corner of Rhett and Perry (straight ahead)
From downtown Greenville/385/Academy Street:
  1. Turn left onto Perry Avenue, and turn RIGHT into our primary or secondary parking lots.

Where can I park?
We have tried to make it super easy for you to park close by, but remember, there may be popular class times when you'll need to find street parking nearby.

  1. Southern Om has 9 designated spots within the NNP parking lot that are marked with 'Southern Om Parking Only' signs (see below).  We can use these anytime any day!
  2. There are designated spots on-site marked with the 'NNP Parking Only' signs that we can use BEFORE 8 a.m. and AFTER 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and anytime on the weekends.
  3. Plus, we have an additional off-site parking lot adjacent to the property that is marked with a big Southern Om Parking sign behind the building that we can use anytime any day.
  4. There is free street parking along South Main Street, Perry Avenue and other adjoining streets.
Got questions?
Call us at 864.520.8777
See you in the West End!


W e are so thrilled to be the first yoga studio in the state to offer "Far Infrared Heat" which is a leading therapy for a multitude of health issues. 

Radiant heat is healthy heat. Think of standing outside on a warm sunny day - remove the light from the sun and keep the heat. This is infrared heat. Infrared heat is the safest and most effective form of heating the body. Infrared heats objects, not the air, thus making it comfortable to practice yoga as well as increasing circulation and helping the body's natural processes kick in to eliminate waste and build up of lactic acid and environmental toxins. (Black, 2010).

The vast benefits of the Infrared heat panels includes; heart health, reduces cancer risk, helps healing post-cancer, improves arthritis, reduces pain, fi ghts diabetes, promotes cellular growth, increases and improves circulation, enhances muscular health, augments weight loss, stress reduction, and the experience of better sleep. WOW, talk about taking your yoga practice to the next level! Show your body and mind some love and try a class!

For more information visit www.yogapanels.com.

Are you getting all the perks you deserve at Southern Om?

Do you know about Perkville?  This amazing incentive program allows you to earn points that you can put towards yoga, or anything in the boutique just by practicing yoga at Southern Om!  You can even earn points by referring friends or posting on social media about your experience at the studio.  Visit our  website  for more information!

It is easy to get started!  Shortly after your first visit to SO, you will receive an email from Perkville.   Open the email and register using the same email address you gave to SO. 

How to Earn Points:
  • Earn 5 points automatically whenever you attend a class!
  • Earn 10 points when you post about us on Facebook!*
  • Earn 10 points when you Tweet about us!*
  • Earn 20 points by following us on Twitter!*
  • Earn 20 points if you refer a friend to our Intro Special**
  • Earn 30 points by writing a review on a popular website***  
Point Values:

150pts = $15 credit

250pts = $25 credit

500pts = $50 credit

You can use your credit towards anything in the Boutique, as well as yoga classes.

Megan shows off her new Manduka bolster that was purchased with hard earned Perkville points!
Health & Happiness Tips
Centered On Your Health
How It Helps Depression and Four Other Conditions
by Lizette Borreli
Courtesy of newsweek.com

Yoga can help quiet the mind, alleviating the worries and stress that plague our day-to-day lives. But the benefits can also extend to more serious psychological issues. 

In the U.S., nearly 1 in 5, or roughly  43 million Americans, suffer from a  mental illness, including conditions like depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia. These individuals often experience difficulty getting the health care that they need, and available medications don't always provide satisfactory effects. For this and other reasons, many individuals coping with mental health issues seek alternative approaches to healing, including yoga. 

Dorena Rode , a physiologist at UC Davis, has found help in yoga for her own mental health issues.  "I understand the complexity of these situations and their devastating effects because I have overcome addiction, depression and [post traumatic stress disorder] in my own life. I practice yoga daily, teach others and have done so for decade," she tells Newsweek.

Rode explains the results of yoga increase in a dose-dependent manner. The more you do, the greater the health benefits.

"I recommend people practice everyday for at least 15 minutes. A minimum of 3 to 5 times a week will still offer great benefit. If a person is under medical care, the appropriate level of practice for a person's health condition should be made with their care provider," says Rode.
A growing body of research suggests yoga does provide mental health benefits, from alleviating depression to PTSD.

Yoga has been studied as an effective treatment for some types of depression. A  series of studies from the Netherlands found yoga provided some benefit for people with chronic depression. In the first study, men and women who suffered from depression for an average of 11 years experienced a reduction in depression, anxiety, stress, and rumination after they took weekly 2.5-hour classes for nine weeks in conjunction with therapy and antidepressants. In the second study, depressed college students who practiced mindful yoga for 30 minutes with their instructor and then at home for eight days with an instructional video experienced a greater reduction in symptoms, even two months after, compared to another relaxation treatment.

Yoga offers the opportunity to release stress and tension by helping you shift your focus to the present and "connect to all of your holistic bodies, mind, body and soul," says   Dr. Jodi Ashbrook , a teacher, author, and yoga instructor.

"By letting go of whatever negative energy is pulling you away from that intention, you can shift your perception that is typically feeling out of control to your ability to stay present and positive in the moment only to boost your mood," Ashbrook tells Newsweek.

Yoga may also help ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. A 2016  study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania found people with major depressive disorder (MDD) who do not fully respond to medication, saw a decrease in depression and anxiety after practicing Sudarshan Kriya yoga (a cyclical controlled breathing practice), while those who took meds but did not practice yoga saw no changes. 

Erin Wiley, a clinical psychotherapist in Ohio, believes yoga helps calm the nervous system of patients with anxiety. "It teaches clients that they have control of their stress reaction, gives them a coping skill for when they are overwhelmed, gives them experience in practicing calming down which is helpful for times of distress," Wiley tells Newsweek.

Eating Disorders
Yoga therapy can help patients with eating disorders change their attitude about their bodies. One small  study found that yoga helped people with eating disorders cope better before meals, reducing anxiety and keeping them more aware of what they were feeling. 
According to Wiley, yoga "helps clients see their bodies as something they are working with rather than against, reminds clients that they have control and ownership over their bodies, helps clients see their bodies as assets, helps clients feel stronger."

Psychiatric Disorders
A yoga therapy program could help as an accompaniment to the standard treatment of psychiatric disorders. A pilot  study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found an eight-week yoga therapy program, which included postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation, led to schizophrenic patients showing a vast improvement in symptoms and a decrease in negative thoughts. Overall, it was found to bring significant symptomatic improvements and enhance their quality of life.

"Many centers treating people suffering from psychosis and schizophrenia have organized yoga classes in their centers for the patients. These class are well received by the patients," says Wiley.

Yoga is known to benefit the mind and body, which means it can potentially help with PTSD. A  study in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found yoga improved the lives of women with PTSD when they took a 12-session, Kripalu-based (the philosophy that you should practice just as how you should live your life), "trauma-sensitive" yoga intervention (either once per week for 12-weeks or twice per week for 6-weeks). The researchers noted classes included both asana (movement) and breath exercises.

Wiley believes this approach can help patients learn the how to calm themselves down when distressed. "This leads to lower incidence of drug and alcohol abuse, or other self-medicating behaviors," she says.

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