Yoga Co-Op Brings Yoga, Healing Arts to Downtown

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By Dianne Lively Yost

Staff Writer

Madisonian Betsy Branch Garrard’s dream was to create a space to practice Ayurveda counseling and Marma Point therapy, and compliment those services with other therapies of the healing arts like yoga and massage.

“I was traveling to Athens three to four days a week for yoga because a gym setting is just not the environment I want,” said Garrard. “I felt like we needed a place just for yoga and the healing arts in Madison.”

The recent opening of The Yoga Co-Op has turned Garrard’s dream into a reality and it’s located at 211 West Jefferson Street (located next door to Longview Management and across the hall from Petal’s Salon).

Last year, Garrard attended Asheville School of Massage and Yoga to study the Ayurvedic approach to health, one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems developed thousands of years ago in India. It’s based on belief that health and wellness depend on the balance of the mind body and spirit and its focus is preventive care to promote good health through diet and other measures, rather than fight disease. It is now a cornerstone to the Yoga Co-Op and it’s many services that are offered.

The Yoga Co-Op features a large open room with hardwood floors for yoga, a beautiful, comfortable sitting room for Ayurveda counseling and a massage room for massage and Marma Point therapy.

In addition, to Garrard’s practices, the Yoga Co-Op has generated a huge interest among local yoga teachers who together offer a wide range of yoga styles from yin, therapeutic, hot flow yoga, gentle yoga, faith-based yoga and more.

Renee Uma Sims-Brown teaches Yummy Yin, a restorative class using bolsters to release tensions in the body in the setting of candlelight, aromatherapy and light touch massage

Elise Faust moved her Tuesday and Thursday yoga classes from her office at Madison Family Chiropractic to the Yoga Co-Op, and her daughter Taylor Faust plans to join the teachers at the Yoga Co-Op in a few months.

Melissa Martin’s popular faith-based yoga practice combines yoga with elements of the Christian faith and Grace Prior currently offers hot flow yoga and Thai yoga massage. And Denise Janeway offers a variety of yoga classes.

Garrard says to check the Yoga Co-Op Madison, Ga. Facebook page for the weekly schedule. “Your first yoga class is free,” she said and teachers may offer multiple class punch cards for purchase.

This month the class schedule is:

Monday-4:00-5:00 pm Gentle Yoga With Renee

Tuesday- 8:30-10 am Meditation and Yoga with Elise (full for Oct)

Wednesday- 7:00-7:45 am Sunrise Meditation and Movement with

Elise (10$ walk in)

9:15-10:45 am Hot Power Flow with Grace

Thursday- 8:30-10 am Meditation and Yoga with Elise (full for Oct)

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Yummy Yin with Renee

More classes and teachers will be added in November!

Call (706) 718-4081 for information on yoga classes or to book Ayurvedic or Marma Point therapy.

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