All new colors for towels and mats!
Fall jackets, tanks and pants!
Sarah is sporting new clothes from Alo and Liquido!
We have just received new Airbrushed Capris, North Star Long Sleeve Shirts & Arroyo Pants!
November is often referred to as Gratitude Month and many of our students and friends choose to honor the things they are grateful for all month long.
At Southern Om, first and foremost, we are grateful for you, our students. We are grateful you choose to come to our community to practice hot yoga.
We are grateful for our staff. We have an amazing team of teaching professionals and friendly front desk and cleaning crews. Everyone comes together to provide the best yoga experience possible.
We are grateful for the practice of yoga, which is proven to reduce anxiety and depression, alleviate stress, lengthen muscles and stretch your spine, improve flexibility and result in a healthier outlook on life.
We are grateful for our own health, which allows us to enjoy practicing at the studio and seeing all of your smiling faces.
Please join us on Thanksgiving for a stress-relieving (or pre-calorie burning!) yoga class. We will be offering all of our regular morning classes.
And then come back on Black Friday - it is our biggest sales day of the year!
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!
Pace & Sarah
Thursday, November 26
6 am Southern Flow with Kristen
8:15 am Slow Flow with Stephanie B.
10 am Southern 26 with Pace
12 noon Power Hour with Joanna
(all classes are happening
Black Friday Sale!
Friday, November 27
6 am - 9 pm
It is the BIGGEST sale day of the year at Southern Om! Don't miss it!
- $5 Classes All Day Long
- 50% off 5-class cards (valued at $70) - buy one for you and one for a friend. Must be present at studio to purchase.
- Special lululemon outfit will be 50% off (limited supply - when they're gone, they're gone!)
- Nearly everything in the store will be on sale 10-50% off (new release and core lululemon merchandise excluded)
- Complimentary healthy snacks and beverages all day long
Monthly Charity Class: Flow for a Cause!
Friday, November 13
6:45 pm with Kristen
Each month the studio selects a charity to donate 100% of the proceeds from our 6:45 pm Friday Night Flow Class. While this class is normally $5, we ask that students give what they can to support a local not-for-profit organization selected by staff and students.
This month's charity is Safe Harbor, an organization which provides safe shelter, counseling and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and provides leadership for education and prevention efforts throughout its four-county service area - Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens, South Carolina. Safe Harbor is a community catalyst, inspiring and collaborating with community partners to break the cycle of domestic violence and achieve a safe and nurturing community for all families.
Ashtanga Full Primary Series Coming to Southern Om!
Sundays starting December 6
11 am - 1 pm
with MaryAnne Abdulhadi
Ashtanga means "eight limbs" in
, which refers to the eight limbs of yoga laid out in the
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
. The Ashtanga method of
practice was interpreted by
and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from an ancient text called the
, which they claimed described a unique system of hatha yoga developed by Vamana Rishi.
The primary series is intended to realign the spine, detoxify the body, and build strength, flexibility, and stamina. The series of about 75 poses takes an hour and a half to two hours to complete, beginning with sun salutations and moving on to standing poses, seated poses, inversions, and backbends before relaxation. Room will be at minimal heat (85-90 degrees). Regular class prices apply.
Take Your Practice to the Next Level!
Holiday Restore & Renew Workshop
Sunday, December 6
1:30-3:00 p.m. with Joanna Klee
*includes a make and take gift!*
Otherwise known as the art of relaxation, restorative yoga postures melt away physical and mental tension and deeply rest the mind and body. They also assist the body's processes of healing injuries and recovering from illness by releasing tension that would otherwise impede recovery.
Restorative poses are designed to allow the body to relax and nourish itself by holding a series of gentle poses for extended periods of time. Props will be utilized so that everyone can fully surrender, no matter how tight. These soothing postures offer an opportunity to train holistically while inducing stress-reduction, increased circulation and calmness of mind.
This introduction to yoga will provide you tools for your path to a healthy and pain-free lifestyle with a focus on long-held supported yoga positions, supplemented with essential oils custom-selected to enhance each pose's benefits. We will complete a Restorative Yoga circuit of 5-6 stations, with a focus in awakening, grounding, calming, length and depth, all from the floor.
No yoga experience necessary, all levels encouraged. Bring your own pillow and yoga mat if possible. Take-home gift included.
Cost is $25. You can register
or at the Front Desk. Payment is due upon registration.
Led by Joanna Klee, C-RYT 200, Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Yoga Body Bootcamp, Les Mills, Kids/Teen Yoga
Sunday, January 10
1:30-3:00 p.m. with Ginnie Suleyman
Have you ever wondered as you move through class into postures - am I doing it right?
In this workshop, we will be breaking down the postural expectations of asanas, why the tailbone tucks, the neck extends, etc.
We will also learn how to deal with postures whether you're inflexible or hypermobile, and we will teach you how to apply that to your practice in every asana.
No yoga experience necessary.
Bring a mat, towel and water.
Led by Ginnie Suleyman.
Workshop Price: $25.
You can register
or at the Front Desk. Payment is due upon registration.
Get PAID to do yoga at Southern Om!
If you haven't signed up for Perkville, the Southern Om perks program, what are you waiting for? Every student with an email address is already earning points for every class they take!
Just go to www.Perkville.com and create an account using the same email address you use for your Southern Om account so you can access the points you are already earning and redeem those points for dollars you can use at the studio!
It is SO easy 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***
* 150pts = $15 credit
* 250pts = $25 credit
* 500pts = $50 credit
You can use your credit towards anything we sell at the studio, including clothes, yoga accessories and class cards!
*posts must be made by going through the link on Perkville.com
**Student referral must be documented in the Southern Om computer system
***Email us at email@example.com with your review and we'll manually add the points for you!
What's in the News and Healthy Living Tips
Centered on Your Health
How To Practice Yoga So That You Stop Struggling In Life
(And On The Mat)
Courtesy of mindbodygreen.com
Often, how we approach our yoga practice is representative of how we live our lives. Sometimes we can see things in our yoga practice that might not be so obvious in our lives. We might discover areas where we're working harder than we need to be, pushing through pain, or struggling against a challenge. We might even be struggling against ourselves.
If one part of you is working against another, you might be working harder than you need to be, which limits how far you can go. You essentially create a glass ceiling for yourself.
What does this look like in yoga? I see a lot of glass ceilings and many injuries in the yoga world. A whole lot of this comes from people opposing themselves. Happily, there's good news. As soon as we see it, it's a huge relief, because we can change everything in an instant.
Here are a few ways to perfect your yoga practice so that it treats your body a bit better:
1. Be aware of how you can injure yourself with your yoga practice.
Have you ever jumped into a
or put yourself in a bind (wrapping the arms around a leg) and then tried to move, or pushed to open up those hamstrings and hips? These are all completely normal things to do in yoga.
They're also all ways in which you might be working against yourself, and limiting your potential.
By jumping when your hands are on the floor, the strength of your legs works against the strength of your arms. The wrists lose in this battle, which is why so many yoga teachers have chronic pain in their wrists.
Similarly, moving while in a bind (for example, from a bound side-angle into bird of paradise pose) sets the strength of your legs against the strength of your shoulders. The shoulders lose on this one, becoming hypermobile and eventually painful. Pushing to open hamstrings or hips, in forward folds or ankle-to-knee pose? Here, your upper body goes to war with the resistance in your lower body. This is why so many yoga teachers have damaged hamstrings along with hypermobile hips and knees. Hypermobility leads to chronic pain and possible need for surgery, which isn't what anyone wants.
2. Change how you move.
Rather than jumping, pushing, or moving against your own body, relax and move easily. Most people try to stand on their hands by jumping and launching their feet forcefully from the ground to the sky. This seems logical. Our feet are covering the greatest distance, so it's what we see and where we're most li
kely to focus our attention.
After lots of jumping, the strength of our shoulders, arms, and wrists might learn to compensate for the sudden force from our legs. But with this compensation comes a whole lot of stress and tension, in both our bodies and our minds. Each time it's a jump and a prayer, hoping not to tip over or fall back down. Often this goes along with bouts of chronic pain in the wrists and
, which people even start to see as "normal" in yoga. Let's try something different - shift your focus from the outside of the body to the inside:
- Shift your mechanics. Forget about moving your hands and feet. Move your middle instead. Roll around gently from your belly and hips, and stay relaxed enough that the rest of your body just gets to go along for the ride. You don't need to work hard with your arms when you're walking; they just move naturally for you. It's no different when you turn things upside down.
- Practice this way every chance you get. When you're on your feet, see if you can get your arms to move just by moving your belly. When you're on your hands, see if you can get your legs to move in the same way. Don't worry at all about moving your hands and feet. They're connected to your arms and legs, so they're likely to take care of themselves.
- Shift your focus. Move your focus from the outside to the inside. If you've memorized the rules for where to put your hands - rotate your shoulders, flex your legs, suck in your belly, and ground your toes - forget them.
- Relax enough that you can feel your body. Breathe deeply, connect, and begin the ride of your life. From here, eventually nothing is all that hard.
3. Change your yoga goals.
You generally get what you practice, so changing your practice goals can change your whole life. For some kinds of yoga, the goal is to burn through your suffering as a way to transcend your body and move into something greater. When that's your goal, you might deliberately put yourself in a place that's rather uncomfortable and immobilizing, then try to move.
A better approach may be to have evolving goals. Believe that you can feel good right now. In this case, your yoga will have a different goal. If what you want is peace, freedom, and creativity, you practice peace, freedom, and creativity. If what you want is to feel good, you aim your yoga at feeling good. Relax and connect.
Move slowly enough and breathe deeply enough that you have a chance to notice how you feel and respond to it. Give yourself the freedom to discover the unusual, the extraordinary in you. You will become inspiringly capable in what you can do right here, right now, in this life.