Great Post-Running Date with Shiya of Shanti Yoga Shala!

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Yesterday, I had a WONDERFUL 6-miler, as unfortunately, the Husband was working again, so I used the time to bang it out on the TM!  After, I had the most AMAZING post-run date with my girl Shiya!

Obviously Shiya is on the left, her man on the right 😉

If you all remember, I went to the opening of Shiya’s BEAUTIFUL yoga studio, Shanti Yoga Shala, back in December.  Again, I HIGHLY reccommend this Yoga Studio to ANYONE living in the Philadelphia area.  Here is a description of SYS (my nickname for it) from the site

Shanti means peace. Yoga means union or unity. Shala means center.

The Shanti Yoga Shala is a community for spiritual gathering offering vigorous yoga classes based on the linage and teachings of Sri K. Patthabi Jois and Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Our yoga classes have an emphasis on teachings from ancient texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Shanti Yoga Shala offers Vinyasa Yoga classes in two styles, Ashtanga Yoga and Jivamukti Vinyasa Yoga. Vinyasa simply means the linking of movement, breath and intention.

I am so excited, as I am attending a workshop there later this month regarding Jivamukti Yoga.  According to Shiya’s Site

The Jivamukti Yoga Method found in 1984 by Sharon Ganon and David Life focuses on teaching and practicing yoga as a means to enlightenment. Jivamukti promotes the educational aspect of the practice and give students access to where these ideas have come from. Each class focuses on a theme, which is supported by chanting, readings, references to scriptural texts, music (from the Beatles to Moby), spoken word, Ashtanga based Vinyasa asana sequencing and yogic breathing practices.

The name Jivamukti means Liberation while living. Jivamukti is taken from the Sanskrit term, Jivanmukti, which is used to describe the state of enlightenment. Shanon Ganon and David Life chose the name because they wanted the student to be reminded of the ultimate aim of the practice.

The Jivamukti method of Yoga is one of the nine internationally recognized styles of Hatha Yoga. The other eight being: Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga, Sivananda, Integral, Bikram, Kripalu, and Kundalini.

I will keep you posted on my wonderful experiences at SYS and hope to see you there! 😉  Email me at jessdownes1@gmail.com if you wanna hit up a class with me. You can find the schedule here.

OK, moving on…Shiya and I had an AWESOME sauna/steam/whirlpool date at the Sporting Club  after my run.  We both TOTALLY needed it, as Shiya had just “Mysored” and I had just 6-ered 😉  You can see a review of my amazing gym here as they have wonderful workout features.  But yesterday it was ALL about the SPA amenities!  We made several rotations through the steam room, sauna and whirlpool, but definitely spent the most of our time in the last two (sauna/whirlpool).  Ummm and I take it back about exercizing because our mouths got a GREAT workout.  We had some GREAT conversation.  Shiya is a lovely girl and I cannot WAIT for our next Sporting Club date!  We said we would try to do it monthly.  Sounds like a plan! 

OK, have a wonderful Monday!  Toodles!

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