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OPEN YOGA – Pay What You Can


This class is taught by:

Marilyn Steppe

I am a 2008 graduate of Downtown Yoga’s Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program and am finishing up the 500 hour program, also at Downtown Yoga. (2013). I been practicing Yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2008. In addition, I am a practicing Family Practice Physician but currently work part time in Occupational Medicine. I also hold a Masters degree in sports performance enhancement and sports injury prevention.

I am a martial artist and have earned a black belt in Shaolin Kenpo Karate and currently study the Japanese martial art, Aikido. I initially studied Yoga to improve my flexibility for Karate, but as we know, Yoga becomes a life of its own.

This varied background allows me to approach Yoga with a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology (which I love and use in my teaching), as well as understanding the individuality of each body, the concept of centering, and the importance and use of energy and breath in our practice. To paraphrase New York Yoga teacher Cyndi Lee, “The body provides an obstacle for the curious mind to grow stronger and more stable. The pendulum swing of putting our body through various asana and the accompanying stabilization becomes smaller and smaller until finally the body, mind, and heart become integrated….and that’s Yoga. “

I continue to study with Kate Coughlin and frequently travel to attend retreats, conferences, and workshops to expand my own practice and incorporate new teaching methods.

I was born in North Carolina but grew up in Virginia on a farm with 2 brothers and 2 sisters-as the middle child! I was (and am) an avid horse lover. I married my husband half way through medical school in Virginia in 1977. We have 2 daughters, a son, 2 granddaughters, and my daughter’s brilliant service dog, Walter the Wonder Dog.

My husband and I love to sail, scuba dive, collect wine, explore other cultures, and of course study and practice Yoga. We bareboat charter a sailboat every year and have visited such places as Tahiti, Tonga, Greece, Belize, Italy and New Zealand among others.

In short, we love to live and experience life.

Lori Pirri

Lori Pirri has been a student of yoga her whole life, her mom is a Sivananda yoga teacher, but she discovered her own yoga passion in her early 20s while seeking a way to connect to her own breath and stillness. She realized not only her own joy but the joy of practicing with and supporting others. She is always learning from her amazing teachers, and loves to explore new postures on and off the yoga mat finding inspiration is nature, friends, family and other students. She currently teaches at Downtown Yoga, and Tri-City Physical Therapy through the Samasta Wellness program. Lori brings a cheerful and enthusiastic energy to her classes that blend alignment, strength, therapeutics and her own life experiences.

Shauna Lay

Shauna Lay has been studying and teaching yoga for over 13 years. Shauna’s passion for teaching yoga is evident in her classes. Her attentive nature, alignment based teaching, and peaceful approach encourages students to go deep with awareness and confidence. She is particularly interested in how Yoga will prevent back pain.

Shauna has a passion for Personal Development and Spirituality and is interested in how yoga, as a whole, transforms our minds and our connection with the spirit.

Shauna credits her teachers, Nancy Roberts as well as Manuoso Manos and Elise Miller for her in-depth training into the body’s alignment and Yoga as a whole. She credits her ongoing studies in Personal Development and Spirituality to Eckhart Tolle and many other Spiritual teachers. As well as her ongoing work with Vision, Accountability, and Commitment. ShaunaLay.com

Looking for an affordable, beginner-friendly yoga class? Starting Saturday, April 2, 2016 Downtown Yoga is offering new “Pay What You Can” classes.
 
Held each week, they are led by a variety of talented teachers. ANYONE can do Yoga. ANYONE can benefit from Yoga. With our weekly “Pay What You Can” series, ANYONE can afford Yoga. These classes are great and the best part is your donations benefit a local charity. Come join us.
 
Join us! Wear comfortable clothes and arrive a few minutes early to get settled in. No need to sign-in and your donation is anonymous. Use the donation box near the studio door as you enter.
 
Note: The standard drop-in class price is $15. You pay what you can; $1 - $15 recommended.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Dec 16 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sinead McElligott
  • Sat Dec 23 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Dec 30 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Hyekyoung Kang
  • Sat Jan 06 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Marilyn Steppe
  • Sat Jan 13 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Lori Pirri
  • Sat Jan 20 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Shauna Lay
  • Sat Jan 27 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Hyekyoung Kang
  • Sat Feb 03 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Feb 10 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Feb 17 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Feb 24 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Mar 03 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Mar 10 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Mar 17 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Mar 24 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Mar 31 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff
  • Sat Apr 07 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with DTY Staff