WellSpace founder and managing partner Matt Parente will be one of 10 instructors and presenters who will participate in the event that is geared for beginners and experienced yogis alike. Last year’s event brought in approximately 100 participants of varying ability and experience.
“It really is geared for just about anybody,” Parente said. “No matter what your yoga experience, just being around all of these people, there will just be such great energy. Everybody thrives on making new connections and this will be a perfect opportunity to do that.”
Hosting the Urban Yoga Movement is a perfect fit for WellSpace, which opened its doors in Downtown Dayton earlier this year.
“Our vision is to bring people together and promote health and wellness,” Parente said. “This event will help people connect through yoga.”
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From relaxation to stress relief and increased flexibility to improved posture, yoga benefits the mind as well as the body. The Urban Yoga Movement participants will have options throughout the day to challenge their body, by taking part in an active class, or choose an educational or meditative session to challenge their mind. All instructors are local, representing various yoga studios from around the Miami Valley.
“I tell every beginner to try a dozen different instructors because there are so many different styles,” Parente said. “You can try almost that many in just one day here.”
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Urban Yoga Movement
What: A daylong retreat for yogis and wellness enthusiasts
When: Jan. 6, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: WellSpace, 116 N. Jefferson St.
Cost: $45 until Jan. 2; $50 after Jan. 2
More: Visit the Urban Yoga Movement on Facebook for more information
8-8:45 a.m. – Registration
9-10 a.m. – Opening session Vinyasa (Matt Parente)
10:15-11:15 a.m. – Ashtanga (Sonja Ostendorf); Power of Being Present (Tom Helbig)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Tantric Hatha Yoga: Awakening the Sacred Fire Within (Claire Good); Meditation 101 for Runners & Hikers: Enhance Hiking & Running Through Meditation (Heather Feather)
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Social
3-4 p.m. – All levels Vinyasa (Elizabeth Hay); Power Yoga (Sara Barry)
4:15-5:15 p.m. – Baptiste (Justina Sanford); Ganesh: Problem Solving for the Home Practitioner (Ross Stanbaugh)
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Do Yoga Dayton (Alex Keller)