Each month this summer, we're featuring a successful studio and their Aerial Yoga Gear.
July's Studio of the Month is HeartnSoul Yoga, Health & Wellness in Orchards Mills, MA. This month, Bonni-Lynne, the director, shares her experience with the healing aspects of aerial yoga, thai massage, and special offerings that make her classes unique!HeartnSoul Yoga Health & Wellness Studio offers Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Holistic Healing. In private yoga therapy sessions, Bonni-Lynne and her team help individuals suffering from physical and emotional conditions such as chronic pain, trauma, addictions, fibromyalgia and stress.
Bonni-Lynne is a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and holds certifications in Reiki, Massage and other many other Holistic Healing Modalities. She earned her B.S. in Health and MS in Special Education. She is grateful to be part of providing wellness services and assisting others in living longer, healthier and happier lives. We reached out to Bonni-Lynne to learn from her experiences.
What inspires you to practice aerial yoga? Aerial yoga is a wonderful variation to our schedule at HeartnSoul. We use the Hammocks for several classes.
A favorite is Yoga with Silks, this class utilizes the silks for balance, support and alignment. Students can find ease in postures such as trikonasa using the Hammock as a sling to support one arm . This leads to a graceful triangle pose without compressing the hip joint . Another popular class is Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep in the Hammocks with iced tea after. This is a wonderful way to practice this deeply meditative yoga practice and truly find bliss!
Yoga therapy classes are using the silks to assist students in finding self trust, confidence and much more!
Why did you start in the first place? My original thought was to use the Hammocks to assist in Therapeutic Thai & Fly Yoga Therapy. The yoga therapist acts as a base and the client receives wonderful muscle release as gravity allows the muscles to soften and literally fall into my hands. The hammock acts as a support to the client, allowing a longer session!
How and why did you become a yoga teacher? I became a yoga teacher after finding true Healing - of the mind, body, and spirit with Yoga. I was inspired and called to share the ancient Healing arts with others.
What makes your studio unique? HeartnSoul is a true sangha or Yogic family. Many of our students are beginners, chronic pain patients, struggling with mental health issues, and other ailments. Our studio is a safe haven for individuals who would not ever walk into a regular studio. We also offer many styles of yoga, yoga therapy, reiki, massage and other Healing modalities!
What is your go-to pose and why? Personally, I have found great Healing with inversions. After fracturing my spine last December, I’ve been able to recover without surgery!
What advice would you give to future aerial yoga studio owners or teachers? Take time to experiment with the yoga hammocks -the possibilities are endless!
Learn more about Bonni-Lynne and HeartnSoul Yoga at HeartnSoulYoga.net.