Abbey Daw, also a Centered City Yoga teacher, takes D'ana Baptiste's class. On Saturday October 8, many classes were offered for free along with healthy snacks in celebration of Centered City Yoga's eighth anniversary. photo by John Carlisle :: SLUG
October 1, 2011 marked the eighth anniversary of Centered City Yoga, one of the most popular and respected studios in the city, and its expansion into a new facility, rEvolution Yoga. Created by D’ana Baptiste, Centered City has for years been home to some of the finest teachers in Salt Lake (my favorite is the spunky and unstoppable Abbey Daw), as well as a gathering place for perhaps the areas most dedicated students. After years of studying at other locations, I augmented my own yoga practice this last year by including classes at Centered City.
One of the first things I could not help but notice at Centered City is the fact that the studio is a genuine workplace, not merely a club or venue hosting the latest exercise craze. Both teachers and students showed a remarkable level of skill and commitment in their practice. In my very first class, taught by D’ana, I was quickly challenged to test my own physical and mental limitations and draw from within myself reserves of strength and patience I had not previously acknowledge or employed. However, even prior to noticing this, I could not help but notice the tremendous amount of traffic at Centered City. In fact, I had in the past attempted to take classes at the studio only to discover there was insufficient room for me. Precisely in order to accommodate a larger and more diversified clientele, D’ana has expanded into the first floor of the old Centered City, and opened rEvolution Yoga Studio.
Last Saturday, rEvolution Yoga hosted an open house, an event which included a full day of free yoga instruction. As always, Centered City was full to capacity with both veteran and novice yogis. Additionally, the large downstairs space, to my surprise, held a course for children’s yoga. This session was also remarkably well attended, by a few dozen kids on tiny mats. Information and instruction for all ages was provided throughout the day by a variety of staffers and teachers, including D’ana, whose CORE class included hands-on guidance and adjustments in the traditional yoga asanas, as well as guidance in the safe and correct use of props such as straps and blocks. Instruction focused on the use of breathing, stretching and balancing techniques to develop not only flexibility and bodily strength, but even more importantly, mental calm, personal confidence and purposeful energy.
Another key component of Centered City’s expansion is an intention to sponsor a variety of yoga-related events, including musical performance and dance. The days’s scheduled events also included an evening performance by multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Heath, leader of the Lindsay Heath Orchestra and the force behind Dances With Wolves, a one-woman drums-and-machines project. It was Lindsay’s metal-funk and beatbox groove which formed the core of so many of this last summer’s dance parties. Though the celebration ended earlier than was anticipated, similar music events are planned for the near future. SLUG readers should stay on the alert for details. Check out photos of the event here.