Blakely Hay has led Ashtanga classes for University of Montana Western Wellness, Spark Into Motion, and the Yoga Center Uptown in Butte. She has lived in Dillon for just shy of a decade and moved here from Missoula where she had been living seasonally for about 12 years. She is originally from Helena and has lived in many different places and worked in many different capacities around the Western states and Mexico. Blakely has studied yoga since 2004 and Ashtanga since 2010, primarily at the Yoga Fitness Center in Missoula with the wonderful teachers there. Blakely is excited to lead this beneficial and powerful system of yoga at Vibrant Lives! Blakely leads our Intro to Ashtanga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6-7 a.m. Ashtanga Yoga is an athletic practice that combines specific asanas timed to counted breath and follows the same sequence in each class, with the goal of eventually internalizing the sequence and practicing to the pace of one's own breath. The sequence starts with sun salutations, followed by a standing sequence, seated sequence, backbends, and closing. We will work through sun salutations and the standing sequence in each class, and workshop individual asanas from the seated, backbend, and closing portions depending on our energy levels and what works for the group. If you would like to come practice in the Mysore style (having internalized the sequence, you practice at your own pace independently, surrounded by the energy and inspiration of other students in the same room, you are more than welcome! **This class does not include any hands-on adjustments**
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