By Brittany Whitley
Already being the center of the Madison community, the Morgan County Library takes their public interaction a step further with the addition of their new children and chair yoga programs.
“The first kids yoga class was well attended,” Hunter said. “The kids and their parents can’t wait for the next class.”
The classes are being taught by 16-year Yoga Instructor Jayshree Subramanian who is laying down fresh foundation in Madison after moving here in October of 2018.
“We decided to offer yoga classes after Jayshree contacted me,” Hunter commented. “We are in the process of adding more programs for adults and kids. Why not yoga? Jayshree is an amazing instructor. She has done yoga classes for another library before.”
Subramanian, an all-around advocate for healthy living, owns and operates a micro-bakery called Living Breads where she teaches the importance of consuming fermented foods for the human body, is a freelancing health coach, and hosts two healthy community Facebook groups – Georgia Southern Healthy Living Community and Newfoundland Healthy Food Club, and delighted to extend her knowledge and passion to the library.
“I enjoy contributing to the health of the community, especially seniors and children, through the many benefits of Yoga,” Subramanian said. “As we get older, we need more strength, improved balance, and flexibility, and seniors benefits greatly from yoga to help them stay as mobile as possible. For children it is the best age to get into Yoga as it’ll help them in their posture-forming years which is not only important physically but also helps to becoming a confident being which is important when faced with life’s challenges… We have a wonderful library here in Morgan County that supports seniors and children, plus they have a beautiful, quiet space inside that is perfect for yoga.”
Subramanian’s yoga reflects her deep belief in the positive effects on a person’s body and teaches yoga in line with the principles of alignment using props most times to support the body in critical and impactful poses.
“My style of teaching has evolved largely out of a deeper understanding of my own practice,” Subramanian explained. “I emphasize the role of yoga as a complete holistic method that includes the study of nutrition, meditation, and breath control. I encourage students to witness their own experience of yoga without judgement.”
Still in its infancy, “the program has been pretty successful” according to Colby Hunter, the library’s manager. The program includes weekly Yoga classes for seniors or those who are looking for a gentler yoga every Monday at 10 a.m. and monthly Yoga classes for children every third Saturday at 11 a.m. and are free for the public.
“I notice changes in my students every class,” Subramanian said. “They walk out feeling positive, strong, cheerful, better sense of balance and a sense of gratefulness to how Yoga helps them. Many times, the student will tell me that they have finally found what they have been looking for in a physical exercise program.”
Subramanian teaches all-level yoga classes at the Farmhouse Inn at Hundred Acre Farm every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. and live online yoga classes Saturday’s at 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. She offers private yoga lessons for both adults and children through her website, mindbodyyoga4all.strikingly.com